Introducing… Lawrence Wardell
Name and Occupation?
Lawrence Wardell – Wholesale Account Manager
How did you get into coffee?
I worked in the hospitality industry from an early age, working very closely with coffee. I spent a lot of time getting to know reps when they visited – always asking for jobs! Coffee is such an amazing product, and my persistence paid off – here I am today!
What is it that you like about coffee specifically?
Coffee is a global product, more than pretty much anything else. Everyone has an opinion on coffee, so it’s such an easy thing to talk about. Whenever I go into a café, people will always take time out of their day to talk about all things coffee, because they’re so passionate about it.
What is your favourite coffee origin, and why?
Colombia, definitely! Outside of coffee, I’m a big fan of a stout, so anything with those chocolatey, toffee notes is something I’m a big fan of. You’ll often find those in Colombian coffees, so it’s an easy choice for me.
Washed or Natural, and why?
Usually, I’ll go for something washed, but that doesn’t mean I won’t try anything else! There are so many different flavour experiences to have with coffee, so I’m always up for having something interesting.
How do you drink yours?
Flat White is definitely my go-to. It’s the perfect milky drink for me – nice and strong, with a bit of sweetness from the milk. What’s not to like?
What is your proudest achievement in coffee?
Helping two baristas to win barista competitions. Training is such a great part of the job – seeing people with a lot of talent and helping them achieve their potential through hard work.
If you were not working in coffee, what would you be doing?
I do wonder about this from time to time – my dream job would be to be an actor! It’s always been a bit of a laugh, but I’ve always been good at lots of different accents…
If you could change one thing in the coffee industry, what would that be?
I’d love people to be better educated about where their coffee comes from. There’s a massive journey in coffee, from growing, picking, exporting, roasting, to finally making the drink. Few people understand just how long the process is, and I think it’s really important for people to get their heads around it.
What do you do away from coffee?
This job is great, in that you get to go here, there and everywhere – I’m always finding new and wonderful things to do… More often than not, outside of work, I like to get out into the hills with the dog and explore the wilderness.