The Buzz on Craft Coffee
Recently opening an outpost at the RISD Museum’s Café Pearl, Bolt Coffee aims to make craft coffee for the masses. We caught up with General Manager Mark Hundley, who is also the Vice Chair of the Events Committee for the Barista Guild of America, to discuss Bolt’s new space, what’s trending in coffee and more.
You ended up in the coffee business by accident. How did that happen?
My neighbors owned Hava Java in Woonsocket and offered me a job in 2001. I thought it was going to be temporary, but it was the first job where I didn’t mind going to work. Five years later, I ended up buying the business and owned it for five years. Along the way, I started getting more into the fancier side of coffee – the specialty coffee scene.
At that point, I was kind of overwhelmed at Hava Java. I wanted to focus more on learning about coffee and that next level of execution, so I started looking for something else. That’s when I stumbled upon Seven Stars Bakery. Everyone told me they had this really awesome training program. When I went to apply for the job, they thought I was overqualified because it was an afternoon barista job and I had just owned a coffee shop. I explained that I wanted to learn as much as I could, and they hired me. I quickly climbed the ranks there and started managing one of their locations.
Then, an opportunity opened up to fill a coffee director position. I applied and got it. For the last four years I was there, I was running the coffee program. I was training people, implementing recipes, and got to go to Guatemala to pick out the coffee we were using in-house.
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