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Lee Wallace


Owner, CEO, Queen Bean

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What's your favorite fact about coffee?
I love that coffee is this very common thing with an incredibly complex back story. It’s a way to talk to people in the United States about all kinds of stuff – international trade, climate change, farming, the ways things taste…the list goes on.

What's your dream job if you weren't working at Peace Coffee?
I often imagine myself moving to the country and breeding and training guide dogs. I am a bit worried that it would break my heart to see them graduate, however, so I have not pursued this career much. I also dream of playing hockey in the Senior Olympics – not sure that is exactly revenue-producing, but if someone wants to give me endorsements…

Tell us something no one knows about your job.
My dog Dixie (who comes to work with me frequently) really runs the show.

What's your favorite pairing with coffee?
A lazy Sunday morning, a press pot of whatever new crop coffee we’ve got, and the New York Times. Perfection.

If you could have coffee with anyone, living or dead, who would it be?
I hate those pressure-filled moments. The best conversations over coffee are the completely unexpected ones – you’re just minding your own business, drinking a cup of coffee, and then you realize you’re sitting next to a really interesting person, who is going to tell you about something you’ve never thought much about before.

Where are you to be found when not at Peace Coffee?
Lately, it’s been my garden. I find planting new areas of my yard addictive, and I love stealing time on evenings and weekends to putter around the yard. When it’s not gardening season, it’s hockey season, so I generally can be found spectating or playing

What's your favorite fashion faux pas to commit?
Wearing all the same color and not realizing it, unfortunately.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
I think I am opposite of many people in that the most unexplored region of the world for me is Europe. I am Scottish and Welsh, so I would love to go see the British Isles. I have always been really enchanted by the idea of traveling by train, and I have heard that the Trans-Siberian railway trip across Russia, Mongolia, and China is amazing. 

What music keeps you going while at work?
What I hear from my office is a mashup of what everyone else is listening to. What I like most is when the songs seem to fit what is going on, my own little Peace Coffee soundtrack.


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