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Ari Newman


Wonderland Park Barista

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What's your favorite fact about coffee?
503 cups of coffee were consumed in the seven seasons of Gilmore Girls.

What's your dream job?

Whatever it is involves Scotland, my camera, some highland cows, and all of my closest friends.

What's your favorite pairing with coffee?
Storm clouds, sesame bagels, and sketchbooks.

If you could have coffee with anyone, living or dead, who'd it be?

The person who inspired my first tattoo. I used to work at a coffee shop in Ann Arbor, and we had a giant magnetic poetry set that the customers could arrange. One day as I closed the shop, I saw a poem on the board: Flower Talk We Garden Every Good Whisper. I thought it sounded beautiful, so I took a picture of it and set it as the background on my phone. Right before I moved back to Minnesota, I got the poem tattooed on my arm. I want to meet the person who arranged those words.

Where are you to be found when not at Peace Coffee?

To be quite honest, I am just at the other Peace Coffee.

What's your favorite fashion faux pas to commit?

My dress robes smell like my great aunt Tessie.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?

I want to go diving with whales, and then I want to go to outer space for the weekend.

If someone made you into a cartoon or comic character, what would that character's most prominent feature be?

Anxiety. She drops nearly everything she holds, she paces around, muttering to herself, and she hides under things when she gets startled.

What is the best bike ride you’ve ever taken & why?
I was in the Netherlands, Alphen aan de Rijn to be specific. My travel companions were taking a mid-afternoon nap, but I took my friend Eline's bike and explored the city. Down a quiet, cobblestone road, I found myself at a bookstore with a cafe out front. I ordered a cappuccino, sat outside, and read Game of Thrones. I don't often like being alone, but when I have coffee, warm sunshine, a new city and an engaging, yet slightly revolting book to read, being alone isn't so bad.

What music keeps you going while at work?
Beauty and the Beast: Original Cast Recording. Those teapots and candlesticks truly provide excellent customer service.

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