I recently graduated from a specialty barista traineeship and passed the barista skills foundation course with the Specialty Coffee Association. I am looking for work at a specialty coffee shop who have high standards and a social conscience. I am friendly and polite, an excellent communicator, have great customer service skills and pride myself in being an ambassador of the coffee industry. I am hard-working, organised, efficient and maintain good standards of cleanliness. My ambitions are to improve my skills & progress my career by working towards being a head barista, and representing my employer in competitions.
From 2002 to 2015 I worked as a software engineer, systems administrator and as a self-employed consultant for a variety of companies and industries, including Comic Relief and the Money Advice Service. For a detailed list of my prior experience you can visit my LinkedIn profile.
Relevant experience from these positions include:
Eight week course covered barista skills foundation content, sensory development, brewing techniques, basics of roasting theory, latte art development, interpersonal skills such as resilience, teamwork, collaboration, self awareness and collaboration.
Course covered the following: technical skills around brewing coffee and steaming milk; theory relating to coffee menus, extraction and coffee origin; workspace management, hygiene & safety, cleaning and maintenance.
As my previous employment history has largely been working with technology, I have extensive computer skills and am proficient with both Windows and Macintosh computers and their software.
In my free time I practice yoga at a studio in Brockley and am also a volunteer at the studio. I enjoy cooking vegan meals – especially asian cuisine, reading science fiction novels, and eating out at cafes and restaurants with friends. I organise meetups on facebook groups as a way meet new people. I also enjoy video games and have occasionally live-streamed them on twitch.tv. In the past I was a key activist with Greenpeace whom I helped organise a fundraiser for and lead volunteers on a number of non-violent direct actions.