Gabby is an employee of Utopian Coffee, a recent graduate of Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business, and an avid comic book connoisseur.
What was your first awesome experience with coffee?
When I was in England I went to the London Coffee Festival with a friend who was much more acquainted with coffee than I was. There was a lot more technology than I ever thought there could be! A group from a local college was testing sensory perception using different frequencies!
What coffee do you recommend from Utopian right now?
The Ethiopian! Every time I open a bucket or a bag of it, it smells like strawberries, which is just awesome! There’s more flavors going on in one bag of the Ethiopian than almost any coffee you can buy anywhere. It’s definitely a coffee that makes you think while your drinking it.
What kind of stuff do you do at Utopian?
I work mostly on shipping and fulfillment, but I do a lot more than that. I also oversee inventory as well as operations in the back of house. If you’ve received a bag of coffee recently I was involved in some capacity!
What coffee producing country would you like to visit and why?
I’d just love to go to the rainforests of Sumatra. Because it’s an island the landscape is so different compared to other coffee-producing countries. Though I would be worried of being eaten by wild animals-it’s the rainforest and I won’t see it coming.
If you’re going to a coffee shop what are you ordering?
Usually a cortado or cappuccino-something small. I like to increase my chance of getting latte-art, and if I go to a really great cafe I know a cap will have some awesome latte art. I enjoy cortados because the ratio of espresso to milk is much more even. I used to always order lattes, but being in the industry has changed me!
What do you love about working at Utopian?
As part of a small, growing business, I can really make an impact with my position. I have the opportunity to really improve within my role, and thus improve overall flow. We’re also a company that’s making a global impact and that matters–I’ve always wanted to work for a company that is socially, economically, and environmentally responsible.
If you had an entire weekend to do whatever you want with no financial restrictions what are you doing?
I’m driving straight to Chicago and eating everything. I would just take a weekend to tour the city’s best restaurants and cafes.