31 Mar '14, 9pm

Up close and personal with the awesome Terika Raak:

Up close and personal with the awesome Terika Raak:

I first started in coffee about 10 years ago as a barista at the Nordstrom Espresso Bar in the Southcenter Mall in Tukwila, Washington. I worked there during summer and holiday breaks while I was home from college in Iowa. When I went to grad school in Michigan, I needed a coffee outlet, so I applied to all of the coffee shops within walking distance of my place since I didn’t have a car. JP’s Coffee and Espresso Bar in Holland, Mich., hired me. I started as a cashier and quickly got promoted to barista. After I graduated from grad school, I started working at JP’s full time. They promoted me to assistant manager and I also started working as a trainer for the Midwest Barista School . Eventually they let me create my own job title of Director of Coffee when I was the head trainer at the barista school and in charge of training the baristas for JP’s. A few years ago I moved...

Full article: http://baristamagazine.com/blog/?p=12408

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