BARISTA HIGHLIGHT | ??Meet Thurmond and his Barista’s Choice drink, the “Spruce Willis,” a very classy clarified milk-punch made with the Ardi cold brew, winter blend tea lemon juice and sugar. 10% of the proceeds for the Spruce Willis will be donated to Table, a local non-profit whose mission is to provide healthy, emergency food aid every week to preschool, elementary, middle and high school children living in Chapel Hill, Carrboro and neighboring Orange County communities. Get to know more about Thurmond, the “Spruce Willis” and his choice of charity in his Q&A below:
Q: Tell us about your baristas choice drink.
A: My barista‘s choice drink is a clarified milk punch made with the Ardi cold brew, winter blend tea lemon juice and sugar. I wanted to see if I could re-create a non alcoholic version of one of my favorite cocktails, while highlighting one of my favorite coffees. I decided to name it Spruce Willis because Die Hard is one of my favorite movies and totally counts as a Christmas movie.
Q: What charity are you choosing to donate proceeds of your drink to this month & why?
A: I will be donating to Table here in Carrboro, I volunteered there after I graduated college as a middle school health foods ambassador. I really appreciate the work that they do and think it’s very important.
Q: Tell us a fun fact about yourself.
A: My partner Kandis and I follow the Academy Awards very closely. We will have seen most of this years nominated movies before the award show. We look forward to it every year.
Q: What is your New Years Resolution?
A: Get rich and pretend like I don’t know anybody.
Q: Cats or Dogs?
A: Easily dogs! We don’t deserve dogs.
Q: Beach or Mountains?
A: Beach. I will always be a California kid at heart. There’s nothing like the beach.
Q: What’s your favorite drink to order in cafés right now?
A: Mostly a Double shot of espresso when I’m running around during the day, but if I have time to sit down with something I’d make myself a pour-over of whatever featured coffee we currently have.
Q: What book(s) are you reading right now?
A: Taco USA by Gustavo Arellano and I’m loving it.
Q: Favorite alt. Milk?
A: Oat is good, but with anything less than 8oz I’ll just go with whole milk.
Q: Go-to Latte art?
Q: Favorite herbal tea?
A: Eight Herb. I always have our house stocked with it.
Q: Favorite Carrboro Coffee Roasters coffee?
A: All time probably Saul Melara’s Finca El Pinabetal. Currently I’m really into the Holiday Blend.