With over 22 years’ IT industry experience, it is no wonder that I have gained a passion for the intoxicating flavours of a good brew of coffee. Over the years, I have definitely consumed my good share of the golden elixir, and in the various sales roles I held earlier in my career, many a deal has been struck over a napkin in a busy café. My passion for coffee is as strong as my passion for helping my customer gain control over their information using SharePoint and Office 365.
Recently, I decided to take my coffee passion into the next gear and enrolled in a barista course. I was not expecting too much other than to increase my understanding of what makes a great coffee and improve my ability to make some heart or leaf art on top of my latte. I was surprised at how much science goes into making the perfect coffee, from the roasting process, understanding turn-around and the first and second cracking, through to the size of the grind and amount of coffee required for an espresso versus doppio. I learnt so much, definitely improved my coffee-making skills and reignited my love for coffee.
This week, during my visit at our headquarters in Brisbane, my colleagues wanted to put my nearly acquired skills to the test. I wanted to thank Sybylla from Marketing, who produced “William’s CoffeeCatchup Pop-up Café” signs which turned the normally quiet kitchen area into a busy coffee shop (for one afternoon only). We went to our local café, Café Amaretto and purchased some of the local Fonzie Abbott blend and then I got to work.
I am always happy to catch up with someone for a coffee and a decent conversation, and it doesn’t always need to be about work (that just helps me expense them back 😊). So please reach out and I’ll be happy to shout a coffee and share my mind.