As many who read this and who know me personally will be aware, I am a scientist. I have spent most of my adult life in active research, both during my PhD and subsequent work. For the last number of years, as this blog and other activities will testament my passion for speciality coffee has grown exponentially. There are times when this ate up so much of my time that it became like a second job (albeit without the pay) and the aspect of my life that tended to lose out was that with my (terribly understanding) family. This was never desirable for me, and as my young family has grown it has become less and less acceptable. Something had to give.
It has long been my desire for this consuming passion to somehow coincide with my work. I’m delighted to announce such an opportunity recently arose, and on January 4th I sit down for work at my new desk in the Marco R&D Department.
I first really came in touch with Marco a couple of years back at the Judges training for the Irish Barista Championships, and then again at Catex (trade event) where the Uber Boiler first made an appearance. Over time, at events, competitions, courses and in between I came to know the company as well as many of the individuals, and I was always struck by their integrity, good-humour and passion. I can’t think of many better qualities you would hope to use to describe a would-be employer.
Right now I feel a little like the cat who got the cream and I can barely wait for January 4th to come around.
Wish me luck.