I joined Team Kopi in January 2017, and as the newest member of the team, I have felt at times like I’m playing catch-up with my coworkers. While I am learning the ins and outs of Kopi, and struggling to remember many important details, I have also been feeling something else: lucky. I feel incredibly grateful to be a part of such a wonderful team, especially because when a small company like Kopi chooses to hire someone new, it’s like inviting them into the family. When people ask me, I say “This is my dream job, they pay me to mess around in a kitchen.” Really it’s so much more than that.
In the span of a few short months my job here evolved from handing out samples of cold brew in grocery stores,to encompass many of the different tasks necessary to keeping Kopi running smoothly. Now I also develop recipes for Kopi using our coffee in different dishes (i.e. “messing around in a kitchen”), create content and manage some of our social media, help in the development of a myriad of new projects, and manage customer accounts. Being a part of Kopi means that I try to help out in any way that I can to accomplish the many things that we do here.
When I first met Jessie, I had come to the Kopi offices as Carter’s guest to be part of a focus group taste testing new products for Kopi. Although it was a seemingly simple task, it was quite fascinating for me to experience, and I had a great time offering my compliments, criticisms , and comparisons of the products, as well as my opinions on the branding and design of the labels and bottles. Now I’m thrilled to be working on product development for Kopi in a more official capacity as we work on the launch of our cold brew pods! I think it’s wonderful that we will now be able to offer customers a simple solution to eliminate some of the issues they face when attempting cold brew at home. I’m looking forward to working on this new product as we invite our customers to become part of the Kopi family.