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    Name: Adam Martin

    Length of Employment: 2 years    

     

    Q: What drew you to apply with O’Henry’s? My previous exerience with coffee certainly helped, but something about the way the workers genuinely cared about making my drink and meeting my expectations made me think this wasn't just another coffee shop.

     

    Q: Were you a guest of O’Henry’s prior to being hired? Yes

     

    Q: What did you do prior to working for O’Henry’s? I've been a student, a tutor, a delivery driver and a retail sales associated. I've also been a barista at a few other coffee shops.

     

    Q: If your house were edible, what would it be made of? I would say cheese, but then I'd be homeless!

     

    Q: Is there one guest that has made an impact on you? Explain. 

    There is one. He is a runner who always has an academic engineering/mathematics book with him when he visits. He has been encouraging of own attempts to get into regular running and athletics, offering suggestions for shoes and flexing activities. This past year he participated in the Boston Marathon. When I heard of the attack I immediately thought of him and combed the local newspapers for any word about his status. Fortunately, he wasn't harmed. 

     

    Q: Describe yourself in 3 words: Intellectual, passionate, friendly.

     

    Q: If you could trade places with someone for a week, and live their life, who would it be and why? My grandfather Jack (we call him "Pa"). My family calls me "Little Jack" because I look just like him when he was my age. I'd love to see the world through his eyes. He's a good man with strong moral character and a gentle nature that I look up to. He's lived a good life full of memories that I would love to experience for myself. 

     

     

    Q: How do you spend your free time? Hanging out with my wife Monica. Reading, gaming, cooking and going to concerts and movies. 

     

     What is your most embarrassing moment while working at O’Henry’s? I called out a Frosted Turtle as a "Teenage Mutant Ninja Frosted Turtle" once hoping to get a few laughs. The response was a blank stare from the guest who ordered it...and maybe a few crickets chirping too.

     

    Q: What is your favorite coffee and why? Tanzania Peaberry. I like to call it "the dark roast that isn't" because, while it is a dark roast in the traditional sense, the use of peaberries provides a coffee is that is much smoother and less acidic than other dark roasts without losing the full-bodies characteristic of a dark roast. 

     

    Q: If you could have coffee with anybody today, who would it be? My other grandfather, Billie Martin. He passed away when I was young, and I'd love to see him again and share a cup of coffee while sharing stories of our lives now that I can understand and appreciate his life as a grown-up and he could see the life I've led in the time we have missed together.

     

     

    This post written by Adam Martin

    Supervisor at O'Henry's at Brookwood 

     


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  • Please congratulate Jenn the next time you see her at Brookwood. She was promote to Supervisor just recently! 

     

    Name: Jennifer Russ                                        

    Length of Employment: 3 years

     

    Q: What drew you to apply with O’Henry’s? My love of coffee. After graduation I started looking for a temporary job while looking for a "grown up" job. Who knew my grown up job was right in front of me all along!

     

    Q: Were you a guest of O’Henry’s prior to being hired? Yes

     

    Q: What did you do prior to working for O’Henry’s? I was a student and worked as a bank teller.

     

    Q: If your house were edible, what would it be made of? Reese's.

     

    Q: Is there one guest that has made an impact on you? Explain. 

    There have been many guests that have influenced me.  A great part of this job is meeting people from all walks of life. There are a few guests that I have been serving coffee to for 3 years and they have encouraged me, given me career advice, and have genuinely cared. I have met some of my best friends at O'Henry's.

     

    Q: What led you to pursue management as a career? I realized while working as a camp counselor that I enjoyed serving others and watching them grow. It's rewarding to see how a leader can bring a team together and figure out a solution.

     

    Q: Describe yourself in 3 words: Determined, hard-working, kind.

     

    Q: How do you spend your free time? Hanging out with friends and family. And running.

     

     What is your most embarrassing moment while working at O’Henry’s? While working at the Homewood location, we had a line out the door and I was working on the espresso machine. The menu boards hang right above the machine. While I was steaming milk I decided to try and multi-task. I went to grab a mug from above the espresso machine and reached a little to high. Instead of a mug I grabbed the menu board causing it to fall. Thankfully no one was hurt, just my ego.

     

    Q: What is your favorite coffee and why? Guatemalan Guayab. I like the citrus qualities and richness of it. 

     

     

    This post was written by Jenn.

    Supervisor for Brookwood O'Henry's. 

     

     


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  • Over the next few months you all will get the opportunity to meet the Managers of O'Henry's Coffees. We've come up with some entertaining questions to help you get to know us better. Check them out below!

     

    Name: Jonathan Dunagan

    Length of Employment: 3.5 months    

     

    Q: What drew you to apply with O’Henry’s? The culture/environment.

     

    Q: Were you a guest of O’Henry’s prior to being hired? Yes

     

    Q: What did you do prior to working for O’Henry’s? I have been in the customer service industry for over 13 years with several different restaurant concepts and even a home improvement and building material company.

     

    Q: If your house were edible, what would it be made of? Cheesecake

    Q: Is there one guest that has made an impact on you? Explain. 

    No one guest in particular at this time, however, there’s something about a cup of coffee that brings all groups of people (race, ethnicity, religion, etc.) together in the same space even if it’s for a brief moment. There are countless opportunities to build relationships and that is impactful.

    Q: What led you to pursue management as a career? I’ve always had a passion for serving others and building relationships. Being able to have a positive impact on someone’s (co-worker or guest) life has always been my drive. Leadership is not to be taken lightly. The example that I set becomes who I am. I have always strived that who I am at church, who I am in front of my family, and who I am in front of co-workers and guests are all mirror images. It’s through that example (while may not be perfect) that I desire others to be motivated and encouraged.

     

    Q: Describe yourself in 3 words: Dreamer, dedicated, even-tempered 

     

    Q: If you could trade places with someone for a week, and live their life, who would it be and why? Walt Disney. Obviously I would have to go back a while to do this but he was a visionary that didn’t let anything or anyone stop him from making his dream come true. 

     

    Q: How do you spend your free time? With family, friends, exercising, and different avenues of service.

     

     What is your most embarrassing moment while working at O’Henry’s? Don’t have one yet. I’m sure one will come sooner than later.

     

    Q: What is your favorite coffee and why? Sumatra Mandheling. I enjoy the richness and full-body, yet it’s mellow and little after taste.

     

    Q: If you could have coffee with anybody today, who would it be? Dr. Henry Bright (founder of O’Henry’s). In a sense he was a pioneer to introducing quality coffee to the Birmingham area. It is Dr. Bright’s vision, passion, and commitment that the company continues to build on even today. 

     

    This post written by Jonathan

    Manager for O'Henry's at Harbert 


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  • The Social Side of Coffee

    The caste system of India, now constitutionally outlawed, has existed for hundreds of years.  If you need a refresher on this system, it divided society into four categories, or castes.  It was by birth, not work ethic, that you were assigned your place.  The “Untouchables” were the lowest class.  Just from the name you get the idea how society viewed them.

    I bring this up because societies around the world continue to have a caste system in one form or another.  See if you fit into one or more of these categories:

    A 20 something Middle Class Latino Millenial

    A WASP A Republican Baby Boomer Catholic

    Empty Nester DINK Caucasian Muslim

    Upper Class African American Goth Baptist

    You get the idea.  Where we go, what we do, who we do it with and how we do things is often dictated by one or more aspects of castes and categories.  The clothes we wear, car we drive, bike we ride, vacations we take, how we worship and who we hang out with all represent a slot in society.

    Have you noticed that coffeehouses in general tend to be the great socio-economic equalizers?  Of course, not all coffeehouses are the same.  The green mermaid machine and your funky local place may lean in one direction more than another.  However, take a look around in any of these spaces and you will usually see a cross section of humanity.  Two businessmen in expensive suits sitting near three 20-somethings who have tattoos and pierced body parts.  And, close to both of those tables is a bible study group of soccer moms.  The point is that none of them care that the others are in close proximity.  Coffeehouses tend to level the playing field and that, in itself, is quite wonderful.  

    A buzz word of the last decade has been “tolerance”.  Personally, I prefer the word “appreciate”.  In other words, all the potential combinations of who and what we are should be appreciated, not just tolerated.  

    Take a look around when next you visit a coffeehouse.  More often than not you will find much to appreciate.

     

    This post written by Randy Adamy 


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