Meet Your Barista: Aaron @ Chenoweth
The first thing you notice about Aaron is his enthusiasm and friendliness. He has a way of immediately putting you in a better mood as you order your coffee, tea or Heine Palmer (his personal favorite) at Chenoweth Lane.
“His creative artistic ability and compassionate demeanor pair well with his strong work ethic to make him a true leader at HBC. New baristas often follow his lead,” explains John, manager at Heine Brothers’ Coffee – Chenoweth Lane.
Not only is he a great barista, though, Aaron is also an excellent photographer. Read more about his methods and inspiration below!
Which location do you work at?
How long have you been working at HB?
Since June of 2016
Louisville native or transplant?
Transplant, I’m originally from a small town just south of Bloomington, Indiana.
When you’re not working at Heine Brothers’ what do you like to do in your spare time?
I’m a full time student, so outside of pouring lattes and reading critical theory there’s not a lot of free time to be had. When I have a minute to myself, I love watching TV. I’m a little obsessed with the Handmaid’s Tale right now.
I heard you were an artist – what kind of art do make?
The vast majority of the time I work with analog photography, scanning in color negatives to work digitally or making traditional black and white gelatin silver prints the darkroom. For the past couple of years I’ve had a lot of fun shooting medium and large format film on older cameras, but 35mm and digital photography will always have a special place in my heart.
What inspires you and how do you fuel your creativity?
One of my favorite quotes, given to me by a wonderful professor from contemporary painter Chuck Close, is “Inspiration is for amateurs. The rest of us just show up and get to work.” While it can sound a little harsh, it’s definitely been my experience that in a contemporary artistic practice, it’s not inspiration that drives work so much as a more academic determination to explore an idea, and is often more of an exercise of endurance than creativity. That said, my work generally deals with themes of queer interpersonal connection, relationship to aesthetic, carving out a space unburdened, non-traditionally masculine emotiveness, and visual fracture. (I’m sorry if this reads as way more academic than I intended. I promise I’m more approachable than this makes me sound!)
Finish the sentence: I couldn’t live without ______.
I couldn’t live without carbs.
If you could travel to the past, where & when would you go to, and why?
I’d want to go somewhere before the invention of electric light to see the stars.
What advice would you give your younger self if you were able?
It does get better. You are more than capable. Apply for programs that scare you. Hang in there, puberty works wonders.
Favorite HB drink & why?
Three shots of espresso over ice with honey, fair trade cinnamon and cocoa powder, and almond milk to the top. Alternatively, a heine palmer with ginseng peppermint tea. Both are super refreshing summer drinks that I think are complex without being overbearing.