Barista Of The Week… Karen Muntz
Barista at Sub-Station
124 McEvoy Street Alexandria
The Coffee Guide (TCG): What coffee do you use at work?
Karen: Single Origin Roasters.
TCG: If you weren’t a barista what would you be?
Karen: Probably putting my Art & Design degree to better use.
TCG: How do you have your coffee at home? How do you make it and how do you take it?
Karen: Espresso martini. Shaken. I usually go out for coffee, so the trashy home espresso machine gets more use this way.
TCG: What is your favourite music?
Karen: I’m loving a bunch of Australian bands at the moment; Songs, Dick Diver, Bitch Prefect, to name a few. Also, the new Kurt Vile album. And The National. I could go on all day.
TCG: What’s your favourite food?
Karen: I adore food in general, eating out, and trying new places. But pasta is my favourite; Italian food, anything vegetarian.
TCG: If you’re not drinking coffee, what is your drink of choice?
Karen: Water for hydration, and wine for…um…I just really like wine. Red wine.
TCG: What made you become a barista?
Karen: It just kind of happened. A natural evolution for an Arts student.
TCG: Do people often try and chat you up at work? Have you ever taken the offer up?
Karen: There have been a few awkward moments…
TCG: How many coffees would you make in the average day?
TCG: What is the most exciting thing happening in coffee right now for you?
Karen: I really enjoy trying out single origin espressos. We had a Kenyan in the store a few months ago that blew my mind.
TCG: Where is your favourite place to hang out in Sydney?
Karen: The inner west. Good bars and cafes and people watching, and it’s the closest thing to Melbourne I can find in Sydney.
TCG: Do you have any pets?
Karen: Unfortunately not. However, I do regularly attempt to lure the neighbour’s cat inside, with the promise of cream. I call him Kit. He doesn’t show much interest.
TCG: What did you do on your last day off?
Karen: I had Sunday off; went out for breakfast, visited the Marrickville Farmers Market for fresh food, shopped for vinyl, had a cheeky afternoon drink, then cooked a feast. A perfect Sunday really.
TCG: In a good cup of coffee, how much of it is due to the barista and how much is due to the beans?
Karen: You can’t have one without the other, so both deserve credit.
TCG: Is decaf a dirty word?
Karen: I can think of dirtier words. Such as ‘Mugacino’…
TCG: Is specialty tea the new cappuccino?
Karen: No. It is an entirely different thing. Each have their place.
TCG: What is your favourite kind of tea?
Karen: Rosehip, with a squeeze of lemon and freshly sliced ginger.
TCG: What is your favourite alternate brewing method?
Karen: Cold drip.
TCG: Where do you see alternate brewing methods going?
Karen: As far as the Coffee Geeks can possibly take them.