Those who cannot do
They say, ‘those who cannot do, teach.’
That may be true, but it’s not what this post is about. This post is about people who do both. Teach, and do.
I qualify this by saying that I am more of a doer. I can teach, but I’m kinda lousy at it. I try hard. But I present out of order. Leave my students behind. Forget to mention key fundamentals. I’m just not that good in a classroom. I know. I spent a year in front of a whiteboard.
But I work with two individuals who are both skilled practitioners, dedicated to their craft, and really good in the classroom. Especially when the subject is coffee.
Steven Battle is like the Indiana Jones of coffee. His first hand knowledge of this entire planet along with all its fauna and flora, including people, is beyond impressive. His knowledge of coffee isn’t just encyclopedic, it’s alive. Ask him any question on the topic and he’ll answer you in a way you’ll understand, and in a way that will empower you to answer it for others. But it’s not just the knowledge. Or the DNA. It’s the doing. Constantly trying, testing, thinking. Trying again. Manipulating the science of ingredients and conditions, over and over, with the goal of reproducing a taste snapshot from his mind, in that cup, in your hand. Does he know it all? No. Will he one day? Probably not. But wherever he is on his journey, right this minute, he’ll be someplace new the next.
Mauricio Perez plays espresso machines like violins. And he plays them like he makes them. A little more of this note. A little less of that. And Maestro Mauricio can teach you how to pull a shot like Angelo Moriondo is hovering over your shoulder. He’s a champion barista. Now he judges them. But it’s never about him. Or even the student. It’s always about the coffee. It’s an unselfish path presented to anyone interested and all are welcome.
Next time you meet someone, anyone, who practices their craft with virtuosity, and can show you exactly how they do it, with pleasure… pay close attention. It’s a gift. And then think about how lucky you are if you choose to receive it.
Battle Grounds Coffee Co & Roastery