When you've been at a place for over a decade, it's difficult to know exactly how to begin. The easiest way to sum it up is that, for a while, PT's was my universe. It was never my intention to seek out a job with them- we happened across each other's paths in 2000, when PT's decided to expand their reach outside the city of Topeka, buying an existing location in the Kansas City market. The shop that I happened to be working at at the time. Little did we all know just how long we'd be together in our coffeelives.
In many ways, I am who I am in coffee because of my time at PT's Coffee Roasting Co. Their leadership style creates an environment ripe for self-starters to pursue deep levels of knowledge and experience in the coffee world. Early adopters for much of the innovation in coffee, employees have constant access to the cutting edge of technology in and advances in coffee techniques and sourcing. A veritable rainbow of coffee flavor, they often have multitudes of microlot coffee available to taste and play with through every imaginable means. This attitude of experimentation, combined with their liberal access to their considerable resources, gave me an endless view on what a career in coffee could possibly entail, and, most importantly, invited me to keep perfecting my own craft.
In my 13 years with PT's a had a number of roles as I grew in skill and knowledge. There were times when I focused on one role, but often I was managing positions simultaneously. Many of these skills and duties developed during the course of my career at PT's are listed in the Skills section above. The highlights include
- Retail Cafe and Staff Management
- Espresso Development, Blending, Maintenance, & Quality Control
- Cafe and Barista training, development of program
- Competitive Barista Training and Coaching
- Wholesale Customer Service, developing effective order tracking systems for peak efficiency
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