Meet Your Barista: Zach H.

Every week or two, we’ll be using the blog to reacquaint you with some familiar faces: our baristas. Find out how they got into this mess in the first place and more. We’re moving on to round four with Zach Hernadez.

Name: Hello there, my name is Zach.

Store: I come from the Logan Circle shop.

Years with Dolcezza: I have worked with Dolcezza for one year.

How do you take your coffee? I’d take a small cup of drip.

What made you want to work for Dolcezza? Working for Dolcezza has been a pleasantly didactic experience; I was initially drawn to the company for the opportunity to learn about coffee from the ground up. I think I’ve stuck around for the people though; I have amazing friends as coworkers and I enjoy getting to know regulars who come in and out of the shop.

What do you do when you’re not at work? I work on my personal website, *wink*

Favorite coffee region: I’d like to try Yemeni coffee someday.

Affogato of choice: I’d most likely point you towards the vanilla.

Favorite music to play at work: One of my very first Dolcezza experiences was selling push-pops at a music festival where I heard Haerts and Future Islands, so maybe I’ll play some of that to go full circle.

Funniest/weirdest Dolcezza story: Dolcezza Logan Circle is housed in a building that’s been sitting on the corner of P and 14th Street NW for a very long time. I’ve not only come to love and fear the peculiarities of working in an old building, but I am also humbled by the different stories recounted to us in the space. Longtime neighborhood residents will describe their memories of the fish market that occupied the storefront for years. A few weeks ago, a man from Pennsylvania came into the shop and informed us that his parents lived in the floors above us almost 80 years ago! He says the shop used to be a small grocery store in those days.