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Humans of coffee: Grindstone Runaways

Who is Grindstone Runaways? We are a traveling couple – Lyndsay Zinn & David Gonçalves, who sold it all back home in South Africa (just over a year ago) to explore the world in search of amazing coffee and incredible cafes. No matter where we are in the world, we aim to find the best, as well as experience all the local coffee in that country. We love nothing more than sitting at a cafe, meeting new people and sipping away on new coffee flavours and unique variations. We freelance as designers / web developers to keep this dream alive, and are currently working on some photography to start capturing all the the amazing creations and local coffees we experience. What is your favourite childhood memory? Lyndz: There are so many – which I guess is a good thing, right? But, if I really have to choose one it would be getting to travel with my family every few years to experience the happiest place on earth – Walt Disney World in Florida, USA. We …

Humans of coffee: Panos Chasapis

Who is  Panos  Chasapis? He is a storyteller. He likes to tell stories (mainly fantastic). He was born in Greece, lived in Switzerland for several years and today he writes you from Amsterdam where he lives. He teaches his students to be in good contact with their feelings and to express themselves through painting, singing, playing, talking clearly and without shame. Sometimes he fantasizes being «super Rufus» who eliminates fascism and drugs from the world by replacing fascists & drug dealers with manilas and coffee trees. Oh, what a beautiful world! What is your favorite childhood memory? For no bizarre reason, all my beautiful childhood memories are connected mainly with fragrances and plants. I remember every detail of the following scene. I am hardly 9 years old. It is summer, midday, just outside Nafplio (the most beautiful city in Greece!). The sea is dark blue and very rough… the wind blows hard and there is a scent of salt and reeds. My godfather has already made his famous American coffee and we have it along with …

Humans of coffee: Michael Steward Mentoor

Who is Michael Steward Mentoor? I am a 23 y/o, living in Cape Town, South Africa, who is just starting to get a grip on life – or I like to think I am. From a supercar enthusiast who pursued a career in engineering with the dream of being on the Scuderia Ferrari F1 team, to now being a theologian (and loving it) I feel like the last 5 years have had its fair share of confusion and misguided endeavors! I just finished my undergrad studies as well as being a youth pastor for a couple of years. I’m using 2018 to work on personal projects but also to just breathe. The plan is to do my masters next year, but maybe I’m just saying this because my graduation was a few weeks ago and I felt really inspired by seeing other people getting their PhDs! I always try to pursue a broader understanding, a more accurate perspective of pretty much everything. To better know the bigger picture is to better know how to deal …

Humans of coffee: Heidi Richter

Who is Heidi Richter? In a nutshell,  a Canadian West coast dweller who thrives living as close to nature as possible with her husband, 3 year old son and a quirky French Bulldog. I am a deeply creative individual with a love of whole, nourishing foods, organic gardening, simple living and photography. I hold a great respect for nature and do my best to honour it every day through small, thoughtful choices; I have chosen to eat a vegan diet for about 12 years and it continues to be one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Ironically,  I also have a very nerdy side that loves computers and can watch Star Wars (the original trilogy) or Lord of the Rings on repeat.  My dream home is a Hobbit hole, but I am quite content with our current house… for now, I suppose. What is your favorite childhood memory? There are too many to list, but one that jumps out would be my very first visit to Vancouver Island, British Columbia.  I was about ten at …

Humans of coffee: Andrew Sinclair

Who is Andrew Sinclair? I’m Andrew and I run Mad Lab Coffee in the heart of downtown Los Angeles. I have insomnia but I don’t lose sleep over it. I’ve been a touring musician (like every other coffee person it seems), a 5 year Tesla Motors employee (Elon is my homeboy), and at one point in my life a Dean Martin impersonator for cruise ships (photos exist but I will never share them. I was an ugly Dean Martin). My life is vibrant like the ugly shirts I wear that my wife hates. What is your favorite childhood memory?  So I actually grew up in a 40 piece banjo band in Houston Texas called the Jubilee Banjo Band. I know, random. There was a day that me and my buddy were hired out for a gig, and we ended up playing at ZZ Tops ranch for their Christmas party. We played music with the guys and talked all night about music, gear, and life stories. I was 16 at the time so it was really a rad experience to meet a hero very randomly. If you …

Humans of coffee: Katya Katkova

Who is Katya Katkova? A marketer turned a barista and then a coffee-shop owner turned a coffee-obsessed blogger. Also one of those thirty something millennials who can’t function without a new project in mind. What is your favourite childhood memory? Once my dad was teaching me to ride a bicycle. I couldn’t keep the balance and he would support me holding the boot. As I was focusing on pedalling suddenly realised that I’m riding on my own and my dad is far behind. I will always remember that amazing feeling of euphoria mixed with a reverent fear! If you could have a do-over in life, what would you do differently? I’d definitely move to London much earlier. This is my happy place and I don’t understand how I lived without these messy streets, polluted capital air and weekend markets in my early twenties. What do you feel most proud of? I would love to think (and be proud of) that I played my part in gentrification of East London. Although it’s a mixed feelings term …

Humans of coffee: Ashley Els

Who is Ashley Els? I really struggled with this question – it’s something that I’ve been wrestling with for a while now. It’s easy to define ourselves by what we do and what we have. The culture of today tells us this and leads us to neglect the essence of who we truly are at our core, down at the fibres that we have been woven together with. I recently have discovered who I am and will forever continue to do so… I am a teacher, a lover of all things coffee, an amateur writer of sorts, lover of people but above all a son of my loving Father. What is your best childhood memory? Definitely travelling down to my grandparents, who lived in Outeniqua Strand (a beautiful stretch of the Garden Route), early in December. I’d go before the rest of my family and spend time with my precious Nanna. We’d bake, cook, chat, go to the beach and catch up. A week or so later the rest of the family would arrive. I remember just sitting …

Humans of coffee: Aga Bukowska

Who is Aga Bukowska? A girl who wants to squeeze the most out of life. Who loves talking with passionate people, drinking coffee and taking pictures. Who thinks that there is no other way of doing things than doing them at 100%. Professionally, I am Expansion Supervisor at Coffeedesk, which is the leading coffee & coffee accessories distributor in Central/Eastern Europe. I am responsible for finding new spots, negotiating deals, operational synergy and marketing activities of our coffee shops. After 7 years of working in advertising agencies, I said to myself that I love everything about coffee community and I want to be a part of it full-time. As I’m the kind of person who can’t half-commit, here I am. What is your favorite childhood memory? As a child I used to spend all of my holidays at my grandparents farm. I remember waking up at 5 to a cup of cocoa my grandfather just made with freshly squeezed milk. Then going to a fair at the nearest city to sell wheat and oat from …

Humans of coffee: Reg Barber

Who is Reg Barber? Reg is an artist who ended up designing and manufacturing coffee tampers. What is your favourite childhood memory? Walking alone in the snow on our ranch when I was very young. I pretended that the field was an ocean covered in ice and I was flying my airplane over it. If you could have a do-over in your life, what would it be? I have always longed for my own coffee shop, which is what I was working on when I began making coffee tampers. Another do-over would have been the ability to have patented my coffee tampers. What do you feel most proud of? Designing and making the World Championship trophies. If you could keep only 3 possessions, what would they be and why? My camera: I love taking photos. My gun: being from a ranch in southern British Columbia I began hunting for for food (deer) on horseback at an early age with my Mom who has just had her 100thbirthday and is good health. I have never missed …

Humans of coffee: Wira Handaya

Who is Wira Handaya? A creative coffee enthusiast. Started with passion for video taking, cinematography to be exact. Back in the old days, coffee was only a drink that helps me stay awake for the day, and I started getting inspiration from taking and playing around with coffee photos I took. What is your favorite childhood memory? I would probably say that is the feeling when I see my son. When the world still feel safe and carefree. I would careless about what I should do for fun, because everything I see, feel and touch still is new and fresh. If you could have a do-over in life, what would you do differently? Life is perfectly imperfect. I wouldn’t change anything because everything builds who I am today. What do you feel most proud of? Simpelfideo. I have come a long way with many obstacles taking coffee photography but I still managed to build this name all through self learning and experimenting. If you could keep only 3 possessions, what would they be and why? …