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Emporio's Simon Maguire & his Lockdown Lowdown

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14 May 2020

Meet our GM Simon Maguire and find out what he got up to during lockdown. This blog was first published on Indie Wellington.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE PART OF RUNNING EMPORIO COFFEE?

The variety of people I deal with every day, we have some great café clients who I get to see at least once a week when we deliver their coffee. Coffee makes people happy and it’s nice to be part of that. I also enjoy the variety of tasks, one day I’m fixing an espresso machine, the next roasting, and in Level 3 I’ve been putting my trade skills to the test by doing a bit of painting and building tables for the espresso bar at our Abel Smith Street roastery.

It's been great seeing the increase in our online coffee sales, I think people have been really enjoying getting their coffee delivered to their door each week. I’m looking forward to our barista training restarting, as this is a really popular service we offer.

Emporio Coffee Loring coffee roaster

WHAT DO YOU MISS MOST FROM PRE-LOCKDOWN WELLINGTON?

I missed being able to travel, I was supposed to be in Portland Oregon and San Francisco for the Specialty Coffee Expo. I missed being able to go spearfishing around the coast from home, especially because the weather was perfect in those first couple weeks.

HOW ARE YOU KEEPING ACTIVE DURING LOCKDOWN?

I live out in Pukerua Bay so am lucky to have a great coast and hills to run in. I’ve also made some weights out of water canisters filled with sand, pretty budget but it works.

WHAT'S YOUR FAVOURITE LOCKDOWN 'TREAT'?

I’m lucky that I’ve a constant supply of great coffee and coffee equipment at home (Chemex and a rocket). My liquor cabinet was well stocked going into lockdown so having a G&T or a cocktail or two on a week night has been bit of a treat.

WHAT ARE YOU WATCHING AT THE MOMENT?

Ozark, One Lane Bridge,  Schitt’s Creek.

AND READING?

Pearly Gates by Owen Marshall.

WHAT’S THE FIRST THING YOU WILL DO WHEN LOCKDOWN IS OVER?

An overnight tramp in the Tararuas, I’ve got some new boots which are looking far too clean, and hopefully a mission to my mate’s bach in Waipu.