Hi everyone, we thought you should know the faces behind your coffee so here’s a series of blog posts we like to call Meet the Team!
Number one on the line up is Mithilesh Vazalwar, junior roaster at our Delhi roasterie.
How did you get into the coffee business?
This may surprise you but I have a background in Chartered Accountancy. However, I put that on hold to pursue my passion of coffee which I fell in love with at the age of 14. A few years down the line, I decided to enroll at the Australian School of Coffee, Melbourne during a work trip to the country. The Coffee School gave me the opportunity to mingle with like-minded individuals and to build on my barista skills. I now have a certification that qualifies me as a Level 1 and 2 Barista and Level 2 Latte Artist.
So how did you become a roaster at Blue Tokai Coffee Roasters?
I became a roaster at BTCR because of destiny! My mother and I were travelling to Jaipur and I decided to meet Matt during my layover from Nagpur. It all worked out so well and here I am - roasting your coffee!
Why did you choose to work at Blue Tokai Coffee Roasters?
When I came back to India, I was looking for Indian companies that value coffee the same way that I do. I was impressed to see that BTCR had the knowledge to further strengthen the foundation of the Third Wave of Coffee in India.
I was very happy to see how scientific each process is and how much emphasis is placed on quality control. I wanted a job where I could proudly say that coffee is more an art and less of a business.
What makes your job so much fun?
I love working with everyone around me - especially when I’m roasting and there are people always coming in with genuine curiosity. I’m also constantly busy with new orders and really enjoy calculating the roast logistics every single time. Modulating the coffee beans and monitoring how every batch reacts keeps me going. The constantly changing orders and dynamic work environment sets my job apart from regular 9 - 5pm jobs.
What have you gained from your job so far?
Well, for starters, I’ve definitely lost a lot of weight! However, in terms of experience gained, I’ve learnt a lot about coffee. My whole perspective has changed - there’s a stark difference in what I thought coffee was and what it actually is. I learnt that like coffee companies in Melbourne, BTCR also takes its coffee very seriously, aiming to establish Indian Arabica in the international market not as a raw commodity but as an artisanal product.
What do you love about your job?
I absolutely love that how the smell of coffee greets me the moment I set foot into the “office.” It’s almost as if my brain releases happy hormones every time I walk in.
I feel proud knowing that nowhere else can you find such fresh coffee. By roasting it within 15 minutes and getting it brewed by the best baristas in the country, BTCR does justice to the coffee. It is precious coffee that has been crafted to appeal to the individual, not to the masses.
What’s a non-coffee related fact about you?
I am a national-level Badminton player and I confess that badminton is my first love, closely followed by coffee of course!Want to know more about Mithilesh? You can reach out to him on Instagram and Facebook or come by our roasterie!