In this edition I caught up with Lucas Kegley of Yola.
We first met over at Yola, but I quickly got the impression you had a background in coffee. What has you previous experience been?
I’ve not been a barista very long – just under a year, actually. I began working at Buzz with MadCap coffee under Cait Lowry. While there we had a four-day boot camp where Trevor Corlett and Ryan Knapp of MadCap helped all of the baristas perfect their skills.
That’s actually a little surprising. What made you want to get into this line of work?
I like working around coffee because I enjoy helping people get their day started. I also like the organic aspect of it, working with coffee makes me feel like I’m in touch with an age-old process.
I’m working on a 60’s Soul mix in Spotify that’s quickly becoming my coffee playlist. What do you like to put on at the shop?
To some it may be too early in the morning, but I love listening to dubstep. But I’ve been known to get nostalgic and throw on a 90’s play list.
It’s been estimated that I personally consume roughly 20 percent of the coffee in this city. That doesn’t leave much anyone else. How much do you drink? And how do you prefer it?
Believe it or not, I don’t drink much coffee in a given day. I do enjoy it, but I try to limit myself. When I’m making coffee just for myself, I use a French press.
So it’s quality over quantity, then? What’s been your favorite coffee recently?
My favorite coffee has been MadCap’s dual use Los Lobos, it’s a very rich, full-bodied dark roast that would wake you out of a coma from drip or when used as an espresso. It is a Costa Rican bean sundried on raised patios. It tastes like something that is supposed to wake you up in the morning should.
What about an espresso drink? When it warms up a bit I really enjoy an iced soy latte.
Easy – it’s an iced vanilla latte. The vanilla calms the espresso to the point that it takes on a whole other flavor, neither vanilla or coffee. I could drink at least a dozen of these every day if I had no self control!
So who is Lucas Kegley when not slinging espresso?
When I’m not working at Yola, I am a cook and a full time father of three. I enjoy spending time with my family and going on road trips. I’ve been cooking since I was around 8 years old, so I’m pretty good in the kitchen.
You can see Lucas with one of the kiddos in the picture above. Thanks to Lucas for taking some time to answer a few questions. If you have a suggestion for a future Barista Series interview, just send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org or hit me up on Twitter or Facebook.