This is an ongoing series in which you will get to know a little bit more about the fine young men and women who prepare your coffee at Kean Coffee through a set of random interview questions. Manuel “Manny” Rodriguez has been with Kean Coffee for two years, as a barista in our Newport coffeehouse. In addition to being an awesome barista, Manny is a high achieving college student who aspires to become a teacher. Whatever he is doing, Manny works hard and always strives for excellence, while at the same time keeping a great attitude. That’s why we love Manny!
KC: What do you like best about being a barista?
MR: The best thing about being a Kean barista is crafting every single drink from scratch using world class ingredients to make drinks of great quality and taste our customers can experience.
KC: What is your favorite coffee drink?
MR: Turkish latte is my favorite drink with no doubt. I love the taste of espresso, cane syrup and cardamom in the same drink.
KC: What is your favorite thing to do on a Saturday (when you have the day off)?
MR: It has been a while since I had a Saturday off. However, on a typical Saturday afternoon I go to the gym, read my Bible, and watch sports among other things.
KC: If you could travel to any place in the world, where would you go?
MR: If I could travel to any place in the world I would go Egypt. Egypt’s history of pharaohs and archeology have always fascinated me.
KC: What is a fun fact that most people do not know about you?
MR: Most people do not know I have a great sense of humor.
KC: Name one of your personal traits or skills that you are most proud of.
MR: I am a good listener.
KC: Who was your idol when you were a kid, and why?
MR: My idol has always been my grandmother. She raised me and taught me values such as respect, kindness and selflessness just to mention a few.
KC: If you had to enter a cooking contest and prepare your best entrée or dessert to impress the judges, what would you make?
MR: To impress the judges I would make chocolate-covered marshmallows topped with shredded coconut.
KC: Thanks Manny!