Barista of the Week… Lacey Cole,
Barista at Brickfields
206 Cleveland Street, Chippendale
The Coffee Guide (TCG): What coffee do you use at work?
Lacey: A single origin from EL Salvador roasted by Mecca Espresso called La Illusiuon.
TCG: If you weren’t a barista what would you be?
Lacey: A landscaper.
TCG: How do you have your coffee at home? How do you make it and how do you take it?
Lacey: Black. Stovetop or plunger.
TCG: What’s the best thing about your job- the one thing that you really love aside from the coffee?
Lacey: Bro-ing down with customers and inventing jokes with my workmates.
TCG: What is your favourite music? (For work or for play).
Lacey: Bruce Springsteen. The working man’s party jam.
TCG: What’s your favourite food? Why?
Lacey: Pancakes. They’re delicious.
TCG: If you’re not drinking coffee, what is your drink of choice?
Lacey: Carrot Juice. Nostalgia and health benefits.
TCG: What made you become a barista?
Lacey: Peer pressure.
TCG: Do people often try and chat you up at work? Have you ever taken the offer up?
Lacey: I couldn’t tell you. I am naïve and a gentleman.
TCG: What food do you think is the best compliment to a really great coffee?
Lacey: Muesli. I’m not sure why, but I’m right.
TCG: Does your coffee style (or how you drink it) say something about you?
Lacey: I’m not sure. Although when people drink the coffee I would drink, the way I drink it, I think they are awesome- so maybe it says; “I am awesome”.
TCG: Where do all the old baristas go?
Lacey: From my experience they go English teaching and surfing.
TCG: Who would make a better coffee, King Kong or Godzilla?’
Lacey: King Kong.
TCG: Where has your coffee making taken you?
Lacey: Paddington to Chippendale so far…
TCG: What has been your favourite moment as a barista? Is there one story that only happened to you because you are a barista?
Lacey: One of the owners of the café told me a joke he invented while making someone’s lunch the other day. He said; “What do you call a train full of Mexicans with crazy intentions?”. I was making a coffee when I said “I don’t know”, and he said “Locomotives” and I thought it was the greatest joke I had ever heard and I only got to hear it because I am a barista.
TCG: What is the most exciting thing happening in coffee right now for you?
Lacey: Mecca Espresso. They are really pushing the possibilities of roasting and espresso coffee. It is exciting to taste and hear about what they are doing every day. Just a bunch of guys with a great passion and enthusiasm to see the full potential of a coffee bean realized.
TCG: If you could pick one spot in the world to sit and have a coffee, where would it be, and what coffee would you have?
Lacey: New York, because I like the city and they have some good coffee there.
TCG: If you could make coffee for one other person of your choice (anyone- past or present), who would it be and what coffee would you make them?
Lacey: If she would let me I would say my girlfriend, but as it currently stands she doesn’t like coffee so I guess I’ll have to keep on dreaming.
TCG: As a barista, what’s your next big plan?
Lacey: I’m releasing my album. I’m a songwriter and have just finished it so releasing it is the next big thing to do.
TCG: Where is your favourite place to hang out in Sydney?
Lacey: Arcadia Liquors in Redfern. Epic staff and nice digs.
TCG: Do you have any pets?
Lacey: A cat called Ping that belongs to my housemate.
TCG: What did you do on your last day off?
Lacey: Went skiing.
TCG: In a good cup of coffee, how much of it is due to the barista and how much is due to the beans?
Lacey: A good cup of coffee needs about 80% barista and 20% beans. A great cup of coffee is closer to 50-50.
TCG: Is decaf a dirty word?
Lacey: No, it should just never be said.
TCG: Is specialty tea the new cappuccino?
Lacey: I don’t think so.
TCG: What is your favourite kind of tea?
Lacey: Lady Grey.
TCG: What is your favourite alternate brewing method?
Lacey: Chemex Filter or Cold Brew.
TCG: Where do you see alternate brewing methods going?
Lacey: Up. I think they are great. They showcase different flavours and it’s nice to mix things up.
TCG: Will other methods fade away?
Lacey: I think it becomes clear pretty quickly when something is a just a trend or a gimmick and when something is filling a space in peoples’ appetite. I’m sure some other methods will fade, just as I am sure some other other methods will remain.