All posts tagged: interview

How to be featured on Humans of Coffee

A while back I started a little project to get to know coffee people. People who work in coffee and people who just love coffee. Since then it’s taken on a life of it’s own and is, to me, perhaps the most rewarding thing I’m doing on the manmakecoffee platform. I’ve been lucky enough to interview coffee industry luminaries, Michelin star chefs and people like you an me. Here’s how you can be featured too. First, here’s a checklist of things I need from you: answer all of the questions below send a few high resolution photographs of yourself include any logos if relevant include your social media links include your photographers social media links email everything to humansofcoffee@gmail.com Before I show you the questions, here are some important considerations: go beyond your comfort zone when answering only do this exercise when you have enough time to give the answers proper thought – there is no deadline dropbox & wetransfer work best to send high resolution images Ready? Here are the questions: Who is [ insert …

Humans of coffee: Matt Kenny

Who is Matt Kenny? Part-time barista, full-time over thinker, wannabe photographer, currently living and working in Cambridge. Slightly awkward and introverted coffee lover who can regularly be found in the city’s many cafes (my Instagram @_mattpk is testament to this). What is your best childhood memory? Spending time with my grandmother as a small child, eating toast in her front room and holding her hand as we walked through the vast parks in Harrogate. She has since passed, but my interest in toast and long walks has not. I do miss her and her sense of humour dearly. If you had a chance for a “do-over” in life, what would you do differently? I’d love the chance to go back to university again. I often feel there’s a lot of pressure to go into higher education at a certain point in your life, rather than when you are actually prepared. I certainly wasn’t ready or in the right place, and while I got the grade I wanted, I don’t feel I made the most out of …

Humans of coffee: Dan Erasmus

Who is Daniel Erasmus? If you asked me this at seventeen I had the answer waxed, “soon to be rockstar/pro surfer and downhill skater”. Life changes your goals and values very quickly, at least it should. Maybe my defining characteristics are my unrealistic optimism, and belief in myself and my ability to do anything. These traits have put me into roles that I felt highly under qualified for, but are the same traits that have helped me always conquer those challenges, and succeed. I value honesty and integrity very highly, both in myself, and others. I hope and strive to be the type of person that others are proud to know. I am interested in way too many things. I have a millions thoughts and project on the go all the time which isn’t always great for focus and progress, but also leads me into so much opportunity, I don’t think I will change. I like breakfast foods, land cruisers, travel, and power tools. I love to be outdoors; I love animals, growing plants and …

Humans of coffee: Christiane Andrade

Who is Christiane Andrade? She is a happy mellow woman who is always smiling. She loves being creative. This just happens like breathing. She has still much to learn about painting, drawing, photographing, baking, music etc. These are all means that she finds to express her passion for life and love for people. She is half extrovert and half introvert. When it comes to social media she tends to be quite introvert but she thinks it’s time to give it a try. Lately, she has felt inspired to create on Instagram a profile of photos that she registers during her trips. She is no professional photographer and has no photography technique, but she is a quick brain and very open to learn. In her case, it’s not about being technical but having a heart. Not about taking the perfect shot but capturing the right memories. She loves and lives well. Everyday is a day to be a better version of yesterday, she thinks. She has recently found out how to use hashtags and she’s enjoying …

Humans of coffee: Danilo Acquisto

Who is Danilo Acquisto? Danilo is a dynamic, you-can’t-put-me-in-a-box, energetic, humorous, faithful and kind entrepreneur and jack of all trades who happens to at this present moment find himself on TV and Radio. Well that’s what I am known for, at least. What is your best childhood memory? I will never forget being woken up on my birthday every year by my mother, father and brother with a specialised and designed kiddies cake a presents and I would sit on my bed with all this love being showered over me and just feeling bewildered. I missed that moment when I moved out of home. Just the sheer joy of waking up before they got to the room and pretending to sleep like you weren’t expecting it and being so excited to know what gifts I got. It was always a highlight of a year.   If you had a chance for a “do-over” in life, what would you do differently? I think if I look way back with current knowledge I would have been less stubborn …

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: Gareth Cliff

Who is Gareth Cliff? I’m a rebel, talker, straight-shooter and wannabe renaissance-man. What’s your best childhood memory? I remember birthday parties, playing in the garden sprinklers, dogs and lots of old people who thought I was the best thing ever. If you had a chance for a “do-over” in life, what would you do differently? I’m completely content with who and where I am in life. I wouldn’t want to be anyone else and I wouldn’t want to be alive at any other time in the past. The whole point of this exercise is to figure yourself out before you die. I’m getting closer to figuring it out every day.   What do you feel most proud of? I’m proud of the pioneering and disruption we’ve caused in media, advertising and other spheres of influence. I’ve got more to do, but I’m proud of the opportunities we’ve created for talented young South Africans. If you could keep only 3 possessions, what would they be and why? My phone, my credit card and my dog, Carl. …

Humans of coffee: Greg Mucci

There’s a backstory here I have to tell. My Instagram account is a busy one. I get hundreds of submissions every day from folks who want to be featured. They mostly submit shots of coffee. But every so often someone will tag a really great shot of a barista at work. And when I post those they get a fair amount of likes.   Three weeks ago I posted this shot by Boston based photographer, Julie Ciollo. It’s not the first time I featured her work – she’s an very talented photographer. All the photography for this blog post is by Julie, for example. Check out her out on Instagram. The shot is of her friend, barista, Greg Mucci. And my Instagram lit up. This shot got so much attention. In fact, more attention than any other barista shot I had posted. 3,056 likes. 53 comments. Here are some:   Clearly my followers wanted to know more. So through the magic of social media, within 24 hours Greg and I were talking about his story, his …