Saturday, October 21, 2006

Barista Profile: Bela Zudor

Just back from competing in the Hungarian National Barista Competition, our next barista on the site is Bela Zudor. Like Rachael, Bela has also worked in the cafe since it re opened over a year ago. He was first considered to be a man of very few words, but not due to any difficulty with the English language. However, once the baristas behind the bar got used to the constant fast pace, they relaxed, and Bela's dark sense of humour emerged. If you listen carefully you'll hear Bela make small comments out of the corner of his mouth now and again. He doesn't seem to care if no one hears him, but instead seems quite happy smiling to himself at his own humour. Regards his capabilities behind the bar, and his work ethic, Bela is simply a machine. He seems to work more shifts than anyone else and never shows any time of weariness. He was the first to really get a name for his latte art in the building and has a style of rosetta that no one else seems quite able to replicate. Latte art's importance in speciality coffee is often over prioritised, but in cases like Bela, it is an area of the craft where baristas can show their own individual styles for the customers eyes. And now for the questionnaire. How long have you worked in the cafe? Ever since they re-opened. What do you like about working in the cafe? When the right people are behind the bar, we always have a lot of fun. (Bela would not say who the right people were) What is your favourite drink to make? Cappuccino What is your favourite drink to drink? Guinness,.. isn't that a suprise? What is the most annoying customer question/comment you've heard? I hate it when they get a proper drink, and I mean a perfect one,..and then they go and complain its cold!!!! Rosetta or Heart? It has to be a rosetta. (Doubles on Sundays) What personal quality or skill do you bring to the bar? I can stay calm when its getting really busy, which I guess is not a bad thing. Out of 10, how much do you love coffee? I'm only tasting coffee at the moment, but regards makingm, 10. Filter or espresso? Espresso (Doubles) What origin country would you most like to visit and why? Australia, because it'd be interesting see them at this early stage in their growing industry.

Friday, October 13, 2006

Barista Profile: Rachael Coss

The first barista we've chosen to profile on the site, is one of the most experienced and skilled in the cafe, Rachael Coss. Born here in Dublin, she has worked here since the cafe first re-opened in June 2005 and over time has gained a reputation for being incredibly consistent and reliable. I've never seen her pour anything other than perfect latte art, and she's particularly fast when the bar gets slammed. Rachael works in the front bar of the building, more commonly known as Bewley's Cafe. The bar runs a take away service as well as a sit in and boasts two three group machines; one La Marzocco fb70, and a brand new Dalla Corte just installed this week. The bar is open from 7am to around 10 am, and has at least three to four baristas on at all times. We devised a short quiz for each of the barista's to put in their profiles; How long have you worked in the cafe? Since it reopened in June 2005. What do you like about working in the cafe? I love the people I work with and the laugh we have behind the bar. Its cool when it gets real busy and you have to slam the drinks out as fast you can, but still making sure they're good. What is your favourite drink to make? Cappuccino What is your favourite drink to drink? I'm still a latte girl, but I always use a double shot. I drink macchiato's now and again too. Whats the most annoying customer complaint you've heard? It bothers me when they say their cappuccino isn't a cappuccino just because it doesn't resemble a meringue covered with chocolate. Rosetta or Heart? Defintely rosetta What person quality or skill do you bring to the bar? I dunno, I laugh a lot and I guess I can be quite sarcastic. I think I'm quite fast when I need to be,..er,..I dunno Filter or espresso? Espresso What origin country would you most like to visit and why? Brazil I think,.. not sure why,... it just looks amazing in any pictures I've seen, and I'd love to visit a farm. I'd say its brilliant. Out of ten, how much do you love coffee? 10 (giggles)

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

hello

This is a brand new blog to introduce you to the baristas, roasters and coffee enthusiasts that work and play at Bewleys Cafe on Grafton st Dublin, Ireland. In creating this blog we hope to provide a platform to showcase the ever developing culture of coffee in our great cafe and indeed Dublin. Over time we will introduce you to each personality that helps makes Bewley's cafe the world class joint that is. So from all of us here we say stay tuned and hope to see you the cafe!