I have always been passionate about coffee. 2am cup with my dad before he’d leave for work, the 6am cup at grandma’s house in silence with only the light above her stove on. Drinking as quickly as I could before the yellow bus pulled up. The late teen years at an all-night diner, giggling and rushing home for curfew. Later, evenings spent at my favorite shop in my hometown that doubled as a bookstore, with an open mic night. Finally, my move to Washington state was brought about to work for the coffee mermaid in their finance department nearly 14 years ago.