MEET COMMONPLACE’S TRAINING & EDUCATION MANAGER

2.17.22

We’re excited to welcome Michael as he heads up a brand new role at Commonplace Coffee. Learn more about his background in coffee and his process as an educator!

Commonplace Coffee: What’s your favorite coffee beverage?

 

Michael Fabian: Drip coffee, black — then espresso.

 

CP: Your favorite coffee in our lineup?

 

MF: Kunjin, Papua New Guinea, because it reflects a long-term focus on sourcing coffee from a wide range of origins, including Asia and Pacific Island coffees.

 

CP: What do you enjoy most about working in the coffee industry?

 

MF: I love fueling productivity across the population. Every coffee served is a small victory for progress!

 

CP: How and when did you start working in coffee?

MF: I’ve spent nine years working in coffee. My true obsession began when I started as a barista in 2013 with Starbucks during a break from college.

 

CP: What is your favorite part of working at Commonplace Coffee?

 

MF: The products we serve — both the coffee and hospitality — are approachable to a much wider audience than many specialty coffee businesses.

 

CP: What’s your approach to being a coffee educator?

 

MF: Never lose focus on your audience in any given situation. Guide your student to a place of self-discovery, encourage curiosity — this is the real driver of continuous professional growth in our sector.

 

CP: Prior to this position, you spent time working in the finance sector. What brought you back to coffee?

 

MF: A non-coffee opportunity called me away after getting my college degree. But that was just a pit-stop, as I planned to return to the coffee industry. Spending time away allowed me to discard unnecessary information and practices, and get to the heart of what matters for the business.

LOOKING TO EXPAND YOUR COFFEE KNOWLEDGE?

Check out Michael’s coffee journey on his YouTube channel, discover the training and education services we offer to wholesale clients, and submit a request to set up a barista training at your cafe.

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