Meet the Team: Mariah
To us, as a company, it’s essential that you, the customer, feel connected to us as a team and for Vessel to feel like a home away from home. To help you get to know us better, we’ve started a series here on the Vessel Journal called, “Meet the Team.” In this series, we’ll be highlighting one employee at a time asking questions that can help you get to know them in a way that you might not be able to in the cafe.
Today we’re excited to feature our barista and production assistant, Mariah.
Mariah started at Vessel in June of 2017 and has been nothing short of an asset to the company. We’re so happy that she is on the team and can’t wait for you to get to know her even more.
What got you started in coffee? I was a wedding planner for four years and wanted something a little less stressful with more community focus; I wanted real-time relationships with people. So I started learning about coffee “beans” at Java in Coeur d’ Alene, ID. I then Worked at the most memorable cafe called, Grumpy Monkey. If you knew the community there, you would know what I mean when I say it was the absolute best. It was such a great experience for me to work as a barista and manager for a few years and create some of the best relationships I still have to this day.
What do you do outside of Vessel?
I go to school at Eastern Washington full time, and I am studying to be a Sign Language Interpreter for Deaf children in the school setting. I also have a new husband whom I love living life.
What got you started in Sign Language interpreting as a career?
About four years ago, I took an ASL class to fulfill my language credits. I knew absolutely nothing about the Deaf culture or sign language, but I quickly felt a draw to their community and wanted to learn as much of the language as I could as a sign of respect for them and as a way for me to immerse myself into their culture. It has been a blessing.
Do you think that Sign Language affects the way you create coffee?
Totally. I have met some dear Deaf friends of mine by working at local coffee shops. I have been so thankful to work at a place of interactions and community such as Vessel. It creates new opportunities for me to stretch and grow by establishing new relationships and creating art in a cup with my hands.
What stands out to you about working at Vessel?
Working at Vessel has been a great and inviting place for me to further my love of building relationships and loving on my community.
What’s your go-to drink at Vessel?
My go-to drink at Vessel is an Americano with a splash of Minor Figures oat milk. So good.