Hello and Welcome!
I thought I would introduce myself a little before we go deep into the coffee world I live in and breathe in.
I am Federica, or as everyone calls me, Fred! I have been in coffee industry pretty much my whole adult life. I moved to London in 2010, and being 19 at the time, you sort of work at whatever you can get to make a couple of bucks.
A couple of jobs and a few years down the line, I started working at my current employer. Here the head barista – now my very best friend – taught me that there was more to coffee than just some brown coloured liquid that we are all so addicted to.
I started doing my own research and straight away went down that rabbit hole we all have when we fix ourselves onto something and become more and more focused on learning more.
Little did I know that a few years from there, I would start taking my SCA(E) Skills Diploma courses, become head of quality control at multiple sites, work events, met and made friends, and worked with some pretty amazing people. Oh yes, as well as taking part in a national coffee competition – and placed pretty well for a first-timer.
From there, I went to be a full time trainer and became a certified AST – which basically means I’m allowed to teach in depth how to make coffee, cool stuff.
I then had to set out the coffee life on the side for a while. I am an old woman trapped in a young body – basically the feminine version of Five Hargreeves- and only recently started slowly drinking coffee again, but never in the same amounts as I used to.
Fast forward to March 2020, I had to shield in pretty early from working or people, but this meant than me and the other ladies of the blog decided to team up and bring this baby to you!
You don’t have to be a barista to be interested, you just need to have love and willing to know more about our beloved cup of joe. What I aim to do is bring you as much knowledge and passion as I first found and had when I started my career. I will share some tricks and tips, opinions and hotspots that I personally loved, when we still used to be able to travel around the world, not only with words.