Interview with a Trees Organic Cafe Barista

Vancouver cafe coffeehouse barista serving coffeeTrees Organic barista Irene took a few moments out of her busy day so she could tell us what it’s like working in the heart of Vancouver’s café culture. Thanks, Irene!

Tell us a little about yourself.

I am quarter Japanese and three-quarters Korean. I moved to Vancouver in 2005. I love to sit in cafes and write letters. I like to ride my bike with my friends to Commercial Drive and explore neat cafes, pubs and restaurants. My hobby is collecting vintage Cameras and Playmobiles. And I am crazy about the band Metronomy, but nowadays I like to listen to Melody Gardot.

What’s so special about organic coffee beans?

Organic Coffee beans are good for you. They are chemical free, environmentally friendly and bird friendly. And we get our beans from fair trade farmers.

What do you like most about working at a cafe?

I love the atmosphere. The staff I work with are amazing and friendly. It’s warm and cozy. The Gastown location has two big windows with benches and pillows which make it a nice and comfortable place to relax, read a book, or hang out with a friend.

What is your favorite Trees beverage to drink and why?

During the summer I love to drink iced Lady Hannah tea. In the autumn, I like to have London Fogs. Our lovely Earl Grey tea has lavender in it which makes it something special. During the winter, I switch over to Soy Mocha. Chocolate makes me happy.

What’s your favorite cheesecake flavor?

That is a very hard question, I am not joking when I say they are all my favorites.

However, if I had to pick one, it would have to be the classic New York with strawberry sauce. During October I do really enjoy our feature of the month which is our Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake. It is so yummy!

Which sandwich would you recommend for lunch?

My favorite Sandwich is Turkey and Brie. The brie is mouth- watering. The crunchy lettuce on the baguette, and the combination of turkey and cranberries is to die for.

Tell us about your favorite customer.

My favorite customer is a girl by the name of Willow who comes in and orders a caramel latte and a scone. She always gets a small table and works on her school work. Also, there’s a gentleman who comes in almost every evening and grabs a skim milk Latte. He seems really humble, polite and genuine.

You’ll always be welcomed at Trees Organic by friendly service with a smile. Our October’s cheesecake flavor is Pumpkin Spice and our featured drink is a Pumpkin Pie Latte. Come into the cafe and enjoy some seasonal good cheer.