– 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?
Art.

– 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.

Thomas
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Thomas Wyngaard Founder at OK Coffee, started in the specialty coffee industry back in 2015. Lived in New York City for a year and a half. Now working at OR Coffee Roasters, Belgium.