One month from today, I am quitting my day job. For the past two years I have been burning the candle at both ends; maintaining a full time job in publishing while attempting to get my coffee roasting business off the ground. Well, here I am two years in, and ready to take the plunge into full time coffee.
It is still a bit surreal to me. I still feel like a bit of an imposter in the coffee professional world, having never worked as a barista and having never trained under an experienced roaster. Everything I know, I have learned through trial and error and my own sense of aesthetics and good taste. It has served me well, and I know I have a lot of happy customers. But I can't wait to learn to be even better!
I'm both excited and a little scared. I think that's a good place to be. Who am I to think I can turn the coffee world on its ear? But, I am ready for the challenge. Fort Bend Coffee Roasters is really starting to take off. We have been adding a new coffee shop to our wholesale program every month, and we have the upcoming coffee shop in Richmond which will have my own personal voice in the coffee program. It will be my chance to show you just how amazing my coffee can be.
Last night, I was standing in First Cup Cafe (one of our newest wholesale clients) passing out samples of my new Holiday Blend, and I had some time to reflect. I remember many great nights spent in a coffee shop in my college years. I remember revering the coffee shop as a institution. It was a magical place for ideas and conversation. And now here I am, right smack dab in the middle of the coffee scene here in Fort Bend County. I'm still thankful and a bit surprised that I get to be a part of this thing. Looking forward to an amazing year as a full-time coffee professional.