Part 2 of a 7 part series documenting my various encounters during my coffee shop visits of 2016. Part 1 can be found here.
Sara works as a Barista, and after just a couple of conversations while waiting in line, the two of us discovered we share a few of important commonalities. As bay area natives and long distance runners, we ran the same track event for the same section during high school. Also, we share the same taste in optical accessories, as we both wear Kate-Spade glasses frames. Even on the most academically frustrating days—when I basically had to trick myself into attending my own study sessions—I always appreciated talking to Sara.
As a newbie coffee lover with a novice palate, my knowledge of the beverage was quite limited at the time. But now, thanks to Sara’s expert teaching, I can at least sound like I know what I’m talking about. She would use coffee descriptors such as “bold noted,” “hints of citrus,” or, my personal favorite, “cocoa forward.” At first, I thought “cocoa forward” was probably some kind of progressive culinary movement for chocolatiers; now I know better. By the end of the summer I could almost sniff out the difference between an Ethiopian dark roast and a Costa Rican blonde roast. And Sara, the thoughtful listener that she is, knew enough about my gluten free diet preferences to alert me after she ordered the new trendy paleo-style snickerdoodle cookie for the shop. Thanks Sara!
Stay tuned for part 3!