The Real Art of Latte – Our Baristas Milking a Cow?
On Tuesday, we closed Tazza D’Oro early for “staff training”. However, this training didn’t have anything to do with coffee or the espresso machine. Tuesday’s training was about appreciation, connection and what I call the “real” art of latte.
Back in September, during local food week, we hosted Nicholas Yon from Turner Dairy and one of our local dairy farmers, Mary Stoner. Mary and her husband Sam, own Stoner’s Dairy Farm in Latrobe. The Stoner Farm supplies exceptional milk to Turner Dairy – because of this quality and the local connection, we purchase all of our milk from Turner Dairy. Mary and I made arrangements for the baristas of Tazza D’Oro to visit the farm and have the chance to experience and see all the work that goes into getting milk from the farm to Turner Dairy and finally to Tazza D’Oro.
Our baristas had the chance to meet all the exceptionally well cared for cows, “hook them up” for milking, ask a bazillion questions and spend a few hours walking in the boots of our farmers. Mary and Sam also opened their home and hearts – they surprised P, EJ, Tone, Brady, Zach, Chase, Megan, Katie and Katie Face with a bon fire, the chance to roast hot dogs and eat lots of homemade pie.
I couldn’t be there for the farm visit, but as I write this post I am reminded about how lucky I am to be the owner of Tazza D’Oro. Our baristas rise to the occasion every time I put a challenge out there for them – they went to the farm, milked the cows, engaged with the farmers and came home with an awesome experience and appreciation. Mary and Sam, thank you so very much and we appreciate all your hard work and exceptional quality. The same goes for Turner Dairy and the Turner family.
BTW, our baristas had the chance to meet two new calves that happened to be born the same day as their visit. Whoa moment and hope we get to name one!
This is how we serve Mary, Sam and Turner’s incredible milk. Gee, I should have titled this blog post “Full Circle”!