Our goal is to produce excellent coffee that bridges the gap between the farmer and the consumer, while fostering relationships that build healthy communities. At every step -- from sourcing, to roasting, brewing, and serving -- we strive to provide the best coffee experience in our community.
There isn't a person on Earth who doesn't love a good story, but everyone can tell a captivating story, Alison is the exception to this. Likely one of her most interesting and amusing qualities is her ability to escape trouble with an interesting experience tell about. She works as a manager at Baba Java where she engages the coffee-drinking populace on the regular. Her love for sports, coffee, and people is evident and highlights even more the diversity of our team at the cafe.
Hailing from Arkansas, Jacob Catlett is the man in charge of promoting the Baba Java name. He started at Baba Java as a manager and is now in charge of our sales. If you own a cafe or small restaurant in town, you've likely seen Jacob out and about trying to talk about our coffee. His goal is to have our coffee in all fifty states and heaven knows he has been hard at work to get us there. If you have any questions about the Baba Java name, he'd be your man-at least to point you in the right direction. He has his hand in sales, marketing, barista work, and in roasting. Get to know him any weekday in the cafe mornings!
John Mark is a roaster turned barista at Baba Java. He started working back in the early days. If you have known him for a while, you know that he has cherished the thought of working in coffee for quite some time. It's easy to see his passion for coffee behind the bar. He meticulously crafts each drink with precision and expertise. It's good to see that he takes his job seriously, but not too seriously. The community side of coffee is what is most important to him, and he works hard behind the bar to bring people together. It can be quite hard to bond over a cup of coffee if it tastes foul-that is why we are glad to have those like John Mark to keep that from happening.
Sydney is one of Baba Java's friendliest faces. A part-time college student, she has quickly become a staple in our evening shift and a customer favorite. Her favorite thing about working at Baba Java is the relational nature of coffee and how it allows her to develop lasting connections with both customers and co-workers. She is also a huge fan of the Iced Honey Cinnamon Latte!
Jacob Phillips is one of the tallest and kindest baristas you will ever meet. Jacob is a huge fan of coffee guzzling an entire french press before walking out the door each morning. Since starting at Baba Java learning the ropes behind the bar from his wife, Abby, has only exacerbated his caffeine habits. We are ok with that because it means seeing him here whether he's working or not.
Josh Parvin is the idea man behind Baba Java. A college sophomore at the University of South Carolina studying international business, he is living out his coffee and career dreams each day as he serves up your cup in the cafe. Josh's love of coffee is contagious and we know he'll go as far as coffee can take him!
Evie Parvin is the youngest member of our barista team. Not only does Evie spend her time serving as a friendly face behind the bar, she is also our in-house photographer. All of our pictures (except for this one), go through her lens. It is also a well-known fact that the fastest way to become her friend is a bag of Spicy Sweet Chili Doritos.
Rebecca has been with Baba Java since May. A fast learner, Rebecca spends most of her time behind the cash register, but is well on her way to mastering the menu. Between learning and serving our customers, we feel that she is juggling the workload quite nicely.
Brad is Baba Java's VP of Operations. Don't let the corporate-sounding title fool you, Brad is one of the most down-to-earth people you will ever meet. With over 10 years of coffee experience, it is no surprise that Brad's job is to oversee everything at Baba Java. We would not be where we are without him!
Nathan and Wendi Parvin are Baba Java's owners. Our roaster and cafe is the product of their love for coffee, the Middle East, and community development. Five years of living in rural Jordan gave them a passion for seeing communities uplifted through sustainable methods, making the specialty coffee industry the perfect fit. The Parvins believe that, when done well, coffee makes the world a better place at every stop. And we could not agree more.
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