Before we begin, I’d like to take a moment to apologize for my lack of posts over the past three weeks- it’s been a busy month, y’all. I promise that I haven’t forgotten this blog and I swear that I have a queue full of half-finished articles and interviews… I just need to find the internal motivation to push past all my writers block and get cracking.
Side note: if you’re looking to stop procrastinating and get work done, don’t- I repeat, don’t- start watching ‘Master of None’ on Netflix because that ish is gooood and you’ll just spend your whole day binge-watching the entire series. You’ve been warned.
In the meantime I’d like to share this lil’ interview I had with my former co-worker, Josh Vasko. Josh is a truly fantastic addition to the Charlotte coffee community. Not only is he a work horse with an almost superhuman ability to close down an entire coffee shop in under 15 minutes, but he has an incredibly gentle soul and genuine interest in the people around him. A keen photographer, he and I collaborated on my first-ever published piece in Barista Magazine: he staged and shot the stunning two-page photo that accompanied my article. His talent and eye for images seems almost boundless. Josh is a light-hearted goofball, constantly quoting ‘The Office’ and cracking jokes. Even the most stressful shifts fly by with him around. I hope you enjoy getting to know this great dude, and encourage you to swing by the Daily Press sometime soon to give him a high-five for always finding the most perfect “that’s what she said” moments. He deserves it.
What is your full name and age?
Joshua Vasko, 27 (believe it or not)
Where do you currently work?
The Daily Press
How long have you worked in coffee?
A little over one year. I had worked in coffee shops before The Daily Press, but I don’t consider where I previously worked to be actually working in the coffee industry.
If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
…There are other foods besides pizza?
What’s your passion? What are you doing to pursue it?
Outside of coffee, my first passion is photography. I’m a working commercial and lifestyle photographer and am always using outlets like Instagram and my website to always be creating and staying relevant.
If you could snap your fingers right now and re-appear anywhere else in the world, where would you go?
I’d go back to Japan. I lived there in 2013 doing Christian missionary work with YWAM and in my opinion, as a country, Japan has it all. I’ve always felt drawn towards Japan, even when I was younger. Nowadays when my wife asks me where I want to travel to next, I always tell her that either she needs to choose or we’re going back to Japan- I’ve already been where I want to be.
What are you afraid of?
Drowning and burning to death. Or both….if that’s possible. Also, heights.
What is your go-to drink when you’re at the shop?
A really fruit-forward Ethiopian pulled as an espresso or a savory, berry-like Kenyan pour over coffee.
Where’s the most beautiful place you’ve ever been?
Iceland during the winter. It’s amazing. You just can’t beat the feeling of standing in a tundra, it’s like being in a world with nothing as far as the eye can see but mountains and white. Editor’s Note: If you’re interested in learning more about his Icelandic adventures, check out his blog. Below is one of the photos he shot while overseas- stunning!
What inspires you?
People. Seeing people create and do things that no one else has reminds me that I want to be a person that does and creates something that no one else has.
Why do you love working in coffee?
I’m a creative so I need to be creative to stay happy. Along with photography, I am constantly challenging myself to try new things. I feel like I’m doing something great with my life when I’m in an environment like that. Coffee provides me that creative outlet.
Photos by Jordan Black, a barista at Not Just Coffee that excels in late-night singing in cars. Ask him about it sometime.