Drizz Goes to Mizz
Pours so hard with so much shine he has to wear shades
The first time I met Andrew McCaslin, who I affectionately call "Classy", was during the inaugural season of the Barista Throwdown League. It was held at Good Brews in Lubbock, TX and in strolls this guy a few minutes late but was able to get in (due to someone giving up there spot for him). Not only did he win that Throwdown he ended up winning the whole dang season along with all of the cash and prizes. I figured he had something pretty special.
It was less then a year later that I was able to entice him to come on and work with us at Palace. He has now been a part of our staff for over two years. He has been a driving force in our competitions and I can honestly say that without him I don't belive we would have won America's Best Coffeehouse. More importantly he has trained every barista we have had on bar and instilled a level of passion for coffee that will continue far beyond their time at Palace.
I knew that Palace Coffee would just be a stop along the way for Andrew and he would eventually find his way to a big city and a bigger coffee company. Little did I realize that we would still be able to work with him so closely after he moves. Our partnership with Kaldi's Coffee has made space for Andrew to grow in his coffee abilities and learn an entirely new skill set in sourcing, cupping, and roasting coffees. We will hopefully be able to get him back to share some of his knowledge with us from time to time by teaching classes at Palace or leading cuppings.
You will be missed my friend but thankfully not forgotten.