– Can you please introduce yourself in a few words.
My name is Elliott Foos, and I work at Daymoves in Brooklyn, NY.

– What’s your story in the coffee industry?
I got into the industry when in college. I hoped to work a job that could teach me how to interact with strangers, after having worked in a warehouse logging identification numbers for broken medical equipment. I quickly realized how much i enjoyed it and that there was real value in the opportunity to create relationships through the physical space of the cafe.

– What’s your specialty and what makes you different?
I’d say my specialty, if we’ll call it that, is in customer experience. I take great care and joy in creating the energy of a space. I find myself drawn to very odd opportunities that place an emphasis in curating the experience one has in a cafe.

– How/when have you discovered about specialty coffee?
I think i learned about specialty in 2014, back home in Rochester, NY. That’s when I had that typical coffee experience where I tasted a coffee from Ethiopia or something- then I got very excited about what else coffee could possibly be.

– What was your best coffee experience?
I have never had a better coffee experience than any time I’ve bee drinking coffee on a beautiful day, walking the streets of Manhattan. Or sitting in the sun in LA.

– Do you prepare coffee at home ? If yes, what method do you use?
Not much as I used to, I can’t have that much caffeine anymore.

– How do you like your coffee? Black, sugar and milk, iced, Vietnamese style,…?
To go, without a top.

– How would you qualify yourself as coffee drinker (occasional, heavy, addict…)?
Occasional. Usually behind the bar.

– Do you have another passion or a hobby besides coffee?

– What other place would you recommend, anywhere in the world (coffee or not)?
Oh, man. The Four Horsemen, Winston Churchill Square in Manhattan, The Manhattan Bridge Q Train at Dusk, so on…

– What is/are your favorite website(s) to get information about coffee?
I don’t voraciously consume coffee news but when I do it’s likely Daily Coffee News.

– What would you say to people who don’t know much about coffee?
There’s a lot to know, but it’s about people- from seed to cup, as it were.

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Thomas Wyngaard est fondateur de OK Coffee et un des rares experts en Café de Spécialité en Belgique francophone. Il est consultant indépendant, enseignant (certifié par la Specialty Coffee Association de janvier 2018 à avril 2021), tour-ist et broadcaster. Après avoir été formé en France, en Pologne et en Estonie, il fait ses armes chez les meilleurs en Belgique, pour ensuite migrer pendant presque 2 ans à New York où il a officié comme conseiller et formateur. Au-delà de la formation sur les métiers du café, il collabore avec des torréfactions belges engagées sur la reconnaissance du café de spécialité, œuvrant ainsi à un monde meilleur “one bean at a time”.