Month: October 2016

Humans of coffee: Neill Anthony

Who is Neill Anthony? Neill Anthony is first and foremost a cook with a massive passion for ingredients and the people that produce them, without amazing ingredients our job as cooks/chefs is made impossible and not fun at all. I get really excited about stuff like white asparagus, wild mushrooms, local rare breed meat – it gets me out of bed in the morning. I can’t wait to cook ingredients like this whether it be in a lavish multi course dinner for a client or just grilling some asparagus and eating it with garlic mayo. So I am a cook. I will never stop cooking and will never get bored of it. It makes me happiest and also makes others happy which is what its all about. As chefs and cooks we do sometimes forget that thats what we are here to do. What’s your best childhood memory? My best childhood memory does revolve around food. I come from a big family and we were always in the kitchen. My mom is a massive inspiration …

Humans of coffee: Michael Phillips

Who is Michael Phillips? A midwesterner at heart no matter how much he travels.  I like hard work, fairness and people that are more considerate than self-interested. What’s your best childhood memory? My childhood home was two stories and my room was on the second floor.  I had a hot wheels track that on the weekends I would set up to go down the stairs to the first floor.  Working with all the different parts and finding news ways to set it up was one of my favorite things. If you had a chance for a “do-over” in life, what would you do differently? Hard to say anything on this one.  I have made a ton of mistakes but I learned lessons from every single one and it is whats made me the person I am today which is a person I am pretty happy with all things said and done. What do you feel most proud of? I am most proud of keeping pace with the group of friends that I have.  There are …

Humans of coffee: Kristy Carlson

  Who is Kristy Carlson? Wife, mother, temperamental creative, resilient human. What is your best childhood memory? Hmm… it’s hard for me to pick. I had a fairly rich childhood, with just the right amount of awkward and painful moments peppered throughout. In the end, all of life seems to be about the people we experience it with- doesn’t it? With that in mind I would have to say that spending time with my grandmother, who was a quirky and fantastically unpredictable artist, produced some rich memories that have strongly shaped who I am. My grandmother taught me so much about appreciating and SEEING the beauty in everything. My dad, on the other hand, taught me the value of taking time for people. He drove me to a farm most afternoons after school for several years so that I could take care of and ride horses, which was my dream come true. I was in my 20’s before I realized that that it was pretty unusual for a working dad to make himself available in …