Meet Your Barista
Our customers trust our barista’s opinions on more than just coffee: music, movies, tech, happenings in the neighborhood, and more. A new series on our website, Meet Your Barista: Lunchtime Poll, will round up some of the questions and give our baristas the opportunity to let you know what they think. Enjoy!
What is the best thing that happened in (or to) Louisville in 2014?
“We have an electric bus!” – Kimmi, HB-Gardiner Lane
“I have know idea, I’m not from ky” – Josh, HB-Northfield
“The reopening of Kentucky Kingdom and Hurricane Bay” – John, HB-Shelbyville Road
“Formation of Jameron, duh” – Hans, HB-Gardiner Lane
“Easily Mayor Greg Fischer breaking a guitar to kick off the Louder than Life Festival.” – Patrick, HB-Northfield
“PURGE!!!!!!!! PEEEEURRRRRGGGGGGEEEEEE” – Jay, Vint
“A new pro soccer team!” – Kevin – Vint
“Opening of the Big 4 Bridge – riding your bike to the Falls of the Ohio is now actually fun. And safe.” – Chuck, HB Office
“I moved here.” – Mary, HB-Frankfort Ave
” Louisville finally getting a Chipotle!!!! Oh, and ReSurfaced was pretty awesome.” – Ashley, HB-Longest Ave
Favorite drink at HBC: Iced decaf with soy and a pump o’ chocolate
Favorite food at HBC: MAC NUT TORTE
Favorite 80’s movie: Aliens. Badassery. (sorry evil dead 1&2)
Favorite 90’s band: This question is just cruel. I can’t choose, man. I’d say top 5: Rage against the machine,System of a down,Wu-Tang Clan, Deftones, Pixies
Favorite video game system & game: hmmm… Out of all the hours of arduous victory and defeat, It all comes down to Gamecube’s Soul Caliber II. Ivy is my jam. Resident Evil might be my favorite game to watch (especially if you still have a dreamcast lol) and Metroid rules but motherbrain always owns my bootay.
Favorite color: orange.
Favorite movie genre: Horror/mystery/suspense/black comedy (that’s one right?)
Favorite Louisville landmark: Jerry Abramson
Favorite author/book: Kurt Vonnegut/Breakfast of Champions
If you were a millionaire, how do you suppose your feelings on homelessness would change? I don’t suppose they would change significantly. If i were a millionaire, i would pay off my debts, save a good hunk and give the rest to the world. It would all get recycled somehow. Money isn’t really real anyway. Homelessness may be related to money but it is more of a result of social stratification. Brain aneurysm. We’re all done for. Let’s drink.
When you were 10, what did you want to be when you grew up? Everything and anything. Or an actor. Whichever came first.
Where is the farthest you have been from Louisville? Southeast Asia.
What is your main rule to live by? the rule that is golden.
Do you like roller coasters? hella yes.
If you found $20 in your coat pocket, what would you buy with it? Beer. Delicious snobby beer. Immediately.
When is the last time you used a telephone book? I know not of this witchcraft.
What was your first car? Her name is Fluffy. She was born a poor black child. She can fly, but only when no one is looking.
If you could visit any location in the world, where would you go? Belgium/Nederlands.
What needs to be invented that hasn’t been invented yet? kitten mittens
What is your biggest fear? Besides falling to my death, the ghost of Randy “Macho Man” Savage.
If you were a professional wrestler, what would your gimmick be? going America all over everyone’s asses. Along with the classic Blanka brain-muncher move. i would be a pop-culture reference machine.
On a scale of 1-10, how guilty do you feel when you kill insects? When they are:
- causing no harm: 9
- causing harm as a defense mechanism: 9
- in attack mode: 2
If someone was making a movie of your life, who would play you? the love-child of Meatwad and Master Shake
What was your best birthday present? Power Rangers Bday party at Discovery Zone.
What is the meaning of life? Cheese.
Favorite drink at HBC: In the winter, the Tri-Force of Beauty (Rooibos, Nettles, and a pinch of Ginseng Peppermint) and in the summer, soy iced mochas
Favorite food at HBC: Vegan Buffalo Wraps
Favorite 80’s movie: Back To The Future
Favorite 90’s band: Fugazi
Favorite video game system & game: N64 – Zelda Ocarina of Time
Favorite color: Teal
Favorite author/book: Whipping Girl by Julia Serano
When you were 10, what did you want to be when you grew up? A back up dancer.
Where is the farthest you have been from Louisville? Ireland
Do you like roller coasters? No. Roller coasters = headaches. Unless it’s a water one. Those are cool.
What was your first car? Volvo
If you could visit any location in the world, where would you go? Hamat, Lebanon
What is your biggest fear? 2012 not happening
If you were a professional wrestler, what would your gimmick be? A hair-flip.
On a scale of 1-10, how guilty do you feel when you kill insects? 10, unless it’s a mosquito, in which case 2.
What was your best birthday present? Tickets to Wicked
Favorite drink at HBC: Most mornings it’s something similar to an Americano with honey and soy
Favorite food at HBC: The Chocolate zucchini cake is pretty rockin.
Favorite 80’s movie: It’s a tie between Willow and The Goonies. I’ve probably watched both 20 times
Favorite video game system & game: N64 Wave Racer. I’m pro
Favorite color: There are only a few colors that exist that I dislike, but picking one I would say blue..like teal….or yellow.
Favorite movie genre: Good
Favorite Louisville landmark: Cherokee park is pretty darn awesome
Favorite author/book: Franny and Zooey
When you were 10, what did you want to be when you grew up? I had great ambitions to be a Vet. These aspirations were born from operating on beanie babies… It didn’t last.
Where is the farthest you have been from Louisville? I went to Spain once. It seemed like it only lasted a quick minute though.
What is your main rule to live by? Stay cool.
Do you like roller coasters? They always seem like the best things ever after they’re over.
If you found $20 in your coat pocket, what would you buy with it? FRUIT.
When is the last time you used a telephone book? I’m not up to date at all with anything fancy so recently I have been needing one, a lot.
What was your first car? My first car is my current car. It’s the best. Lil’ Blue is approaching the ripe age of 16 but I’m happy to say that his little Honda self is still well and kickin.
If you could visit any location in the world, where would you go? Dreaming big, I would love to go to Italy or Greece. But I have yet to make my way out West so Redwood and the Black Hills are first on that list.
What is your biggest fear? Being tangled in seaweed
If you were a professional wrestler, what would your gimmick be? The Romper.
If someone was making a movie of your life, who would play you? Baby. Don’t put me in a corner.
Location: HBC – Longest Avenue
How long have you been with HBC? 3.5 years
What is your favorite drink at HBC: Regular coffee with a little cream
What about food? Everything Bagels
What is your favorite Louisville landmark? I just love the neighborhoods – the Highlands, Germantown and Old Louisville, and all of the random hole-in-the-wall places you can find.
Who is your favorite author? This changes constantly. I just finished Betty Smith’s “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn” and loved it. I also love short stories by Jhumpa Lahiri and Raymond Carver.
When you were 10 years old, what did you want to be when you grew up? Oh gosh. A veterinarian, a ballerina, an actor, and I knew I wanted to work in a coffee shop while I was in college because I thought baristas were SO cool.
What is your main rule to live by? Work hard, but don’t take myself too seriously. Laugh often.
If you found $20 in your coat pocket, what would you buy with it? Sushi and fancy beer.
When was the last time you used a telephone book? I don’t even remember! Do you need one? I have several.
What was your first car? ’92 Nissan Stanza, named Chad.
If you could visit any location in the world, where would you go? I feel like I’ve barely seen America, and I want to fix that. Spain and England sound great too, though.
If someone was making a movie of your life, who would play you? Emma Watson, even though I’m not British. She can adjust her accent. We have the same haircut now (I had it first).
If you were a professional wrestler, what would your gimmick be? The thought of me being a professional wrestler is just hilarious.