In the market for an elegant piece of jewelry? A crocheted mustache? A massage? Well, you’re in luck. It turns out that some of the folks who prepare your coffee (and, in some cases, your invoices) have very appealing extracurriculars.
We put the call out to our baristas and administrative staff to share their talents, and we’re now thrilled to share them with you. Like what you see? Below each paragraph is a link to the web site or contact page of each employee.
Molly George, Retail Trainer/Printmaker
Molly received her BFA from Savannah College of Art and Design, where she gained skills in drawing, painting and traditional and computer illustration. She’s been actively pursuing an art career since moving to New York City in 2008. She’s been in several group shows, and last summer she had her first solo show in Brooklyn. Her work involves various mixed media techniques, including printmaking, image transfers, textiles, collage, and paper dying and weaving. She previously worked for a screen-printing company, and she has a deep passion and skill for printmaking of all kinds.
See Molly’s work
Taylor Williams, Barista/Illustrator
Taylor has been working as a freelance illustrator since her graduation from Savannah College of Art and Design in 2009. With printmaking sensibilities, her playfully grotesque designs have appeared in children’s books, t-shirt designs, album covers, and product packaging. They’ve been featured in, and on the cover of, several magazines. Her work has also appeared on FunnyOrDie.com and Nerdist.com.
See Taylor’s work
Kelly Taylor, Barista/Masseuse
Kelly Taylor, a barista at our Hayes Valley Kiosk, has been practicing massage since 2006. Using a combination of Swedish, cranio-sacral, Reiki, and trigger point techniques, she customizes each session to help you relieve the tension stored in the body – and to bring you a deeper sense of connectedness and wellbeing.
Schedule a massage
Jamie Vasta, Barista/Artist
Jamie Vasta uses glitter and glue on wooden panels to create figurative paintings that explore dynamics of beauty and power. Her work counters glitter’s kitsch and camp with explorations of mortality, gender roles, sexuality, and violence. She is represented by the Patricia Sweetow Gallery in San Francisco, which recently mounted her fourth solo show. Her work is included in the permanent collections of the Crocker Museum in Sacramento and the Berkeley Art Museum.
See Jamie’s work
Julia Goodman, Barista/Artist
Julia earned her BA in International Relations and Peace and Justice Studies at Tufts University in 2001. She began making paper in her backyard in 2003, and she completed her Master’s in Fine Arts at the California College of the Arts in May 2009. In 2010, she also started making papyrus out of beets (just beets). After graduating, she spent the summer in Inverness, Calif., at the JB Blunk Residency. She then spent the fall in New York, completing a studio internship at Dieu Donne papermaking studio. Recently, Julia completed two artist residencies, one on a small farm near lava flow on the Big Island, Hawaii and the other at “The Dump,” through Recology San Francisco. Her work has been exhibited widely throughout California, and in New York, Washington DC, and Gothenberg, Sweden. Currently, Julia is living and working in San Francisco.
See Julia’s work
Sara Crane, Barista/Hairstylist
Sara Crane, a barista and former retail trainer, is a hairstylist with ten years of experience in cutting and coloring. Currently, she is working out of her home in Bernal Heights. She’d love to share her love and passion of hair styling with all comers.
Get in touch with Sara
Alicia Peterson, Office Manager/Soapmaker
By day, Alicia manages the office at Blue Bottle in Oakland. By night, she makes soap – honest-to-goodness, old fashioned, no-naughty-ingredients-added soap. And lots of it. What started as a quaint hobby a couple years back turned into an obsession that has taken over most of the horizontal surfaces of her home. It’s the perfect match of two of her favorite things: playing in her kitchen and all-natural bath products. Alicia loves dreaming up different scent and color combinations, and she currently has about ten varieties available for sale. Drop her a line if you want to create a custom batch!
Buy Alicia’s soaps
Rico Ramirez, Barista/Cinematographer
Rico Ramirez is a videographer and photographer. He supplies the world with amazing digital content to inspire and inform. His clients include musicians and artists, and he showcases small to large businesses on Facebook and YouTube as an amplifier to a greater audience worldwide.
Fun Fact: He is featured in the new Lone Ranger movie. In the opening scene with Helena Bonham Carter, or “Red,” he is in a gray suit with a curly mustache on right of frame.
See Rico’s work
Jessica Harrigfeld, Barista/Crocheter
Jessica comes from a long line of Old World Crocheters and Knitters. Her grandmother taught her to crochet at a young age and, in time, the craft became her creative voice. She’s inspired by the world around her, and she enjoys challenging herself to interpret her impression of that world into clothing and accessories. A scientist at heart, she employs creative experimentation to ultimately arrive at designs that are streamlined, unique and modern. She hand-dyes all of her yarns in small batches to achieve a wide range of hues and saturation values. She uses only the finest natural fibers, specializing in Cashmere. She currently resides in Oakland, Calif., and works as a Barista at Blue Bottle’s Ferry Building and W.C. Morse locations.
See Jessica’s work
Leah Rosenberg, Pastry Chef/Artist
Leah Rosenberg was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, raised in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, and now lives and works in San Francisco, Calif. Rosenberg received her MFA from the California College of the Arts and her BFA in Visual Arts from the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design. She is a painter, sculptor, and cake-maker whose work combines systems of accumulation and elements of layering to explore how our experiences, emotions, and memories build over time. Her paintings, paint-based sculptures and cakes are offerings of nourishment and pleasure, and have been exhibited throughout the US and Canada.
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Zach Cotham, Barista/Artist
By day, Zach works as a devout coffee aficionado at our lovely Mint Plaza Cafe in San Francisco. There, he finds no lack of inspiration in his many interactions: the coffee he serves, the way it is prepared, and the way it’s cared for. By night, in the wake of one too many siphons, he finds his second wind in creating art. When people ask “What medium do you use?” he likes to say, as Basquiat also would, ”extra large.”
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Holly Bobisuthi, Barista/Jewelry Artist
Holly Bobisuthi is an Oakland artist, jeweler, and cook. She works with various precious and base materials to create talismanic adornment for contemporary folks. A long and winding path through higher education and various craftsman jobs (bench jeweler, bridal seamstress, gluten-free personal chef) has left her uniquely qualified to work with clients on many custom projects.
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Liz Kovarsky, Barista/Artist
Liz lovingly hand-screen-prints her mandala drawings onto all LizArd Apparel. This clothing line is a marriage of the ancient tradition of mandala making and yoga, coupled with the rainbow kaleidoscopic color that screen printing offers. Her hope is that wearing this clothing transmits the pleasure that she takes in making it.
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Brian DeSimone, Barista/Photographer
Brian DeSimone is a commercial photographer, specializing in beauty shots, portraits and landscapes. He’s been with Blue Bottle since 2006, working as a barista and retail trainer.
See Brian’s work