I was born and raised in Salt Lake and moved to Park City six years ago. When I’m not serving coffee, I love to spend time exploring on my bike, taking road trips, eating food and drinking coffee with friends, and finding new activities to challenge myself. I joined the Ritual team when I was 18 and still in high school, so I didn’t have much of a work background prior; I was fortunate to have the company invest in my inexperienced teenage self. When I initially started here, I worked in chocolate production- tempering, de-molding, and packaging chocolate bars. I crossed over in to the cafe side of the company as a barista, and now I manage the factory location in town while still making coffee for Park City most every day.
What got you interested in chocolate?
I discovered Ritual with a friend while on a bike ride, not having had any craft chocolate until then. I could instantly understand the difference in both taste and quality compared to any other chocolate I had had before, and my love for chocolate has only grown since.
What is your favorite Ritual bar?
I absolutely love the Mexico single-origin bar. From the beautifully bright packaging to the complementing fruity and woody tasting notes, it wins me over every time.
What are you listening to?
One aspect I love about working in the cafe is that I get to share my music with everyone who comes by, drop in to hear what I’m listening to at the moment.
What are you reading?
I’m (procrastinating) reading “A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius” by Dave Eggers.
What is your favorite thing about working with chocolate?
Apart from eating it (duh!), it’s been so valuable to have insight on the processes and ideas of craft foods. To have direct relations with farms from all over the world, and understanding the mutual support we give each other; through to the distributers and connoisseurs who enjoy and support the final product.
Last year I went to New Zealand for six months with my mountain bike, traveling around in an old mini van, backpacking, biking, and making life-long friends.
If you could travel anywhere right now, where would it be?
I have a few trips planned for the near future, so I’m looking forward to those! I’m bikepacking in Arizona and then headed to Europe with my grandma, later meeting up with a few friends.