I know a lot of you have been waiting to see a profile on Kelly, our longest tenured barista. She has been with us nearly three years, and has lit up the place with her megawatt smile, charm, and wit ever since (and no, she did not pay me to say that). If you don’t know her well, or you were wondering why you heard her humming Jingle Bells in August, here is your big chance.
Q: What’s your favorite drink to make?
Kelly: Just a simple little latte. Or at home I like a good french press or a cup of aeropress. [Ed. note: if you’re not familiar with the aeropress, it was once referred to as looking “like it was pieced together with parts from a Habitrail set”]
Q: Easiest way for a customer to get on your good side?
Kelly: Come in a lot! I love coffee, but people are the best part of my job. I love learning your names, what you drink, what you do when you leave the shop. Some of my closest friendships started across that counter.
Q: Easiest way for a customer to get on your bad side?
Kelly: Ask me how to use the internet. I barely know how to use the internet myself! Just be grateful I don’t run the shop because you’d all be waiting in line for hours while I calculated your change on my abacus and then tucked your dollars and IOUs into my old cigar box.
Q: Secret passion?
Kelly: I love all things Christmas. It’s my favorite movie genre. It’s my favorite music genre. “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas” is my go-to shower song. Year round.
Q: Favorite pastime?
Kelly: Reading! It’s almost my ONLY pastime. And I love to talk about books. That’s another way to get on my good side.
Q: Describe your perfect day.
Kelly: My perfect day always starts with fresh coffee at home, in my pajamas, with a good book, sitting on the heater vent. And ideally somewhere in there I’d see my mom, but that doesn’t happen often enough.
Q: What you like most about working at WCP?
Kelly: Laughing! It’s the most fun I’ve ever had at work. And it allows me to really exercise my OCD tendencies.