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Let's hear it for the girls! - Jamie Bow

March 08, 2018

Let's hear it for the girls! - Jamie Bow

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Though Jamie has been a part of the Kōkako Outpost Abracadabra family for years, many of the Kōkako team hadn't had the opportunity to meet her until late last year. We were all so impressed to hear about all she had learnt at Cairngorm Coffee and were excited to see her passion for the Specialty Coffee industry. This women is here to stay! 

When did you first start working with coffee? 
I was first introduced to making coffee at Abracadabra, 7 years ago but I would say my passion for coffee and the bean to cup process began when I traveled to Edinburgh and started my journey with coffee through Cairngorm Coffee. It was through working and managing Cairngorm Coffee that I was able to travel to multiple roasteries throughout Europe and truly discover what it is that makes the perfect cup.

What’s your go-to home coffee preparation method?
At the moment I’m restricted to Aeropress which isn’t too bad! However, Kalitas or V60s are my method of choice and I am currently enjoying the process of learning to make my own ceramic dripper so watch this space!

Who’s the most fascinating person coffee has connected you with?
A few come to mind! Espen Piper, the owner of La Cabra coffee in Denmark has a drive for ultimate perfection and brightness in coffee that I find very inspiring. I also was lucky enough to meet Richard Corney, Director of Raw Material Coffee and Flight Coffee, Wellington. Hearing Richard talk about the farming and processing stage of the coffee process and about the farmers and communities affected made me realise that it is green bean supply and coffee grading that I want to pursue in the future.

 What’s been the hardest skill to perfect in coffee making so far and why? 
I don’t know if its necessarily a skill but I think education of Specialty Coffee and trying to get people excited about the whole process has proven to be the hardest part of coffee making for me. 

Outside of making coffee, what do you enjoy doing? 
I recently discovered a love for pottery and ceramics! Theres nothing quite like drinking a great coffee from a cup you made yourself. Travel is a huge part of my life, I’m lucky enough to be able to tie travel into visiting roasteries, breweries and wineries (can’t love coffee without also loving craft beer and good wine).

Where do you get your caffeine fix on your days off?
I mostly enjoy coffee at home on my days off! I find I am in too much of a rush in the morning to enjoy the process when I’m heading to work so I really put the time and effort into making a top brew when I have a day off. If I have enough time I love getting out of Rotorua and checking out cafes in other cities.

Do you remember what was your biggest day on the machine and how many coffees you made? 
I’ve never really calculated how many coffees I make a day! During peak season in Edinburgh we would go through about 5kg of coffee a day which was about 300 coffees.

 Find Jamie on the machine, or working away in the back of house, at Abracabra 1263 Amohia St, Rotorua.

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