There is so much joy in this episode.
Sum Ngai is the co-founder and roaster at Coffee Project in New York City. Sum originally started Coffee Project as a community hub—a place that folks in the neighborhood could gather and share a space that is non-judgemental and accepting. No one at Coffee Project is going to make fun of you or make you feel bad for asking what a macchiato is or if you have vanilla syrup.
As Coffee Project grew, Sum realized that she needed to provide opportunities for her staff to grow and learn new things. So she took the standalone coffee shop and expanded—Coffee Project now roasts coffee, hosts an SCA certified training lab, and has locations in Brooklyn and Queens.
If you've ever felt like you're faking it—like maybe you roast coffee but don't feel like you're a roaster, this is the episode for you. Sum also expressed reservations stepping behind the machine, but learned that all she had to do to be a roaster...was to be a roaster. If you're listening to this episode and have ever felt like you weren't qualified or experienced enough, know that we at Matchbook think you're a roaster, and we're proud of you.