Employee Spotlight: Daniel

Monday, May 11th, 2015


Favorite Drink: Any coffee from the Indonesian region – Sumatra is the go-to
Working Here: Summer of 2012 / managing Market store since 2014
Hobbies: Cycling, vegan cooking

Originally from upstate New York, Daniel moved to the West Coast on a whim. He was attracted to the Northwest, and specifically Portland, because he believed it would be a great place to meet new friends. Portland offered an urban experience that fit his criteria: a space easily navigated by bike and where nature intersects with the city.

His favorite way of enjoying a good cup of coffee is prepared in his Bialetti stove top espresso maker. Considering his early morning work schedule Monday through Friday, this method is usually reserved for relaxing on the weekend. Outside of coffee, Daniel enjoys his whiskey neat, and is always on the lookout for a new local distilled spirit to enjoy.

Daniel started working in coffee when he was hired at our Vaughn street café as a barista. He looked forward to the challenge, because from the outside, espresso drink preparation was mysterious and appeared difficult. After honing his skills he was tapped to manage the Market street location when the opportunity became available. Daniel’s outgoing friendly style is a perfect fit for the busy mornings at the downtown location.

Market is closed on weekends, which gives him time to enjoy his outside interests. Taking advantage of Portland’s bike friendly atmosphere, you’ll catch Daniel on his bike year round exploring our neighborhoods. Additionally, Daniel loves to reading, vegan cooking and sharing a cup of coffee with friends.

The passion that drives Daniel in his everyday life is environmental justice. He is committed to living by simple means and with as little impact on the environment as possible. He suggests that “everyone should eat more vegetables” as a start.

Something that many of us didn’t know about Daniel is that he holds a black belt in karate. He practices to stay sharp. Eventually, he plans on finding a local Portland academy to help him remain engaged and proficient in this art. Over the last couple years, Daniel has indeed met new friends and has settled in. The people at Kobos Coffee are fortunate to know Daniel, and we too consider him a friend.

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