Name: Cathryn Cripps Clark
Role at Machina: Manager of our Tollcross store.
At Machina, you will normally find me... Right there in the early morning to hand you an amazing cup of coffee to start your day off right.
To me, coffee is... something that can make your day.
What is your go-to coffee? A flat white, but I can’t go past a fruity African Filter if it’s going.
What kit do you use to make coffee at home? I use a Chemex and my shiny copper Hario pouring kettle… I do need to upgrade my grinder though. I’m hanging out for the next model of the Feldgrind or a sultry Feldwood Made by Knock.
Best coffee experience ever: When I splurged and bought the Altos and Honey Nery from La Cabra and really got into processing methods of Costa Rican coffee. It just blew my mind all the flavours you could pull out of this perfectly sourced, processed and roasted coffee.
Worst coffee experience ever: Being served a bad coffee; whether it is sour espresso in a flat white or spoilt soy milk, and being told that I am wrong and that is how it’s meant to be. Multi-level disappointment is no fun.
What's the biggest cafe no-no in your opinion? Elitism - our job is to give the consumer our highest quality product served how they want it. It’s not my place to tell you that you can’t have milk with your filter or sugar in your latte. Taste is subjective; it’s not my place to tell you what you like. I have recommendations- but in the end it’s up to you.
How did you end up working in coffee? I’ve always worked with coffee- from my first high school job in Aberdeen, through my time at university, to going back to Melbourne and getting super inspired by the scene there to coming back to Edinburgh and working hard to constantly learn and improve my game.
Out of 10 how much of a coffee geek are you? I don’t know, a 7? I’m psyched about learning and teaching myself new techniques and theory, I’ll relish any chance to get nerdy with customers and anyone who’ll lend an ear. But there’s always so much more to know, which makes it all the more enjoyable.
Top coffee tip: Taste test everything. If something doesn’t hit the spot for you try to figure out why; know that your friendly neighbourhood barista is always there to offer guidance.
Most underrated hot beverage in your humble opinion: A good mint tea
What do you like to do when you're not drinking coffee? Is drinking beer too cliché? You’ve got to balance those stimulants with depressants.
What albums are in your current rotation? The Spotify algorithm knows me better than I know myself - Lizzo, Blood Orange and The Internet are spot on for the mornings and I’m really liking the latest albums from Alt-J and Bonobo for the afternoon.
Guiltiest pleasure: Conspiracy Theories and poorly sourced YouTube documentaries on fringe societies.