Ask A Barista: Alex Maes
We’ve sat down again with another all-star Barista: Alex Maes. He has seen a lot from his place behind the bar, and he shares some of his favorite insights (including a 170 gram sugared Americano) below:
Q: What sort of trends have you seen lately in drink orders?
A: “Holiday” drinks always seem to move pretty well. It’s hard to beat a peppermint mocha made with the CACAO mocha sauce or the Melagrano with our house made sage cream. Once people try a drink made with our hand crafted syrups, or the awesome stuff from CACAO ATL, it’s hard to go back to the middle shelf stuff (quality rules). These drinks are a sure thing for anyone wanting to try something a little festive, or who just has a taste for the finer things in life.
Q: What is the craziest or silliest thing you’ve seen from behind the bar?
1) When it is so important to someone to pay for their buddies’ drink – that they have to rip credit cards or cash from their friend’s hand.
2) “How big is your twelve ounce cup?”
3) Or my new favorite… an extra-large Americano with 3/4 cup of sugar melted in it!!!
Q: What is your favorite drink to make? Why?
A: I get excited making anything less than 12oz for here. When we can slow down and enjoy the moments in life, everything tastes better. Enjoy!
Q: What do you do in your free time?
I own and operate a coffee catering company, Pull Espresso. We came together to cater to the coffee needs of our friends on the set of The Walking Dead TV show. We worked with TWD during season 4 and have also set up in local shops, restaurants, and corporate office buildings. If I am not in the cafe, I am probably busy working on the business.
When not working I’ll be hanging out with friends, riding or skating around the city and exploring hidden treasures here in Georgia.
Q: What is one thing you are dying to tell the world about coffee?
A: Skip the grocery store and k-cups!
Grocery store coffee, even from the more “quality” brands is usually not fresh. K-cups end up costing the consumer over $30 per pound of coffee, and this is old coffee as well! And then there is the waste!
If you drink it, buy it from a local roaster that pays a fair price to the producers.
Do you have a question that you would like us to ask our next featured Barista?