"Maybe you can be my intern, and in turn // I'll show you how I cook up summer in the winter."
Things move pretty quickly here at Tinker Coffee. One day Jeff and I are bagging and shipping all the orders ourselves, the next day we've got a kickass intern ready to rock and roll and help us take this business to the next level. Allow me to introduce the latest member of the illustrious Tinker Coffee Squad: BETH ANN THOMAS!
To introduce Beth Ann to the world, we asked her to answer a few hard-hitting questions on topics ranging from her favorite bands to how many cups of coffee she drinks per day. The people demand answers, and she delivered. Without further ado, meet Beth Ann:
Where the heck are you from?
I was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, but grew up in Matthews, North Carolina.
What brought you to Indy?
Two words: Joanna Taft. [Editor's note: We're convinced Joanna secretly runs this town.] I attended Covenant College and heard about the Harrison Center through her kids, who also went to Covenant. I applied for a summer artist internship in 2015, got it, and I've been finding other opportunities here since!
Where did you get your start in coffee?
I was a coffee drinker pretty early in life. My mom always had a morning cup, and I slowly joined in through high school. During college, coffee was a means of survival, with the french-press or moka pot being my typical brew. My then-boyfriend (now husband!) started to get into third wave coffee, and I was intrigued. Then, this past November I started working at Foundry Provisions, and that was my first introduction to pulling shots & pouring lattes. So I feel like I'm really just starting to explore coffee. There's so much to learn!
How many cups of coffee do you drink per day?
At least one, but often two. Sometimes three. I know I should stop when my hands start to shake....
What's your favorite kind of coffee? Country, brewing method, etc.?
Over the weekend I brewed a lot of the Papua New Guinea on Aeropress. Definitely love the Aeropress.
Who is your favorite band?
Oh, that's a tough one. I really like Sylvan Esso, Chvrches, and Volcano Choir [Editor's note: SHOUT OUT TO BONNIE BEAR]. Those are ones I can put on at any time and love.
What's your favorite food?
Anything Asian.... I've been making a lot of Spam Musubi at home. If you don't know what it is, google it and make it.
If you could go to lunch with one person, living or dead, who would it be and why?
Pretty much any female visual artist.. but if I had to pick one, it'd be Käthe Kollwitz. She made prints, etchings, and charcoal drawings during the early 1900s, eventually sculpting some really impressive monuments towards the end of her career. The way her work played with the German social expectations of women, grief, and motherhood at that time is pretty bad ass. I've read some of her translated journals, but assuming the language barrier wouldn't be an issue, I'd love to hear her talk about her work & life.