Name: Chelsea Kallman
Where are you from? Munster, IN
Position at Barista Parlor: General Manager
How did you begin your journey into coffee?
I have always been interested in coffee as a beverage. But, my coffee journey began in 2008. I worked for my dad at the time. A coffee shop opened up across the street from his office. Naturally I was eager for the possibility of good coffee nearby. I walked in and was met by "Are you the next interview?" And somehow outside of my own wit I managed to come up with the best answer possible, "No, but I can be." We talked and I was given a position on the spot.
Coffee is a drink obviously, but it can be more than that. What does coffee really mean to you?
Coffee is community. It is a driving force in society. It is common ground for many people. I love the conversations and ideas that happen in coffee shops. I love what coffee can do or mean for so many people. When you stop and think about it, you are possible one of the first people a customer sees in their day. You have a chance to impact them greatly, all with a drink. That's really special.
What’s your favorite brew method or coffee drink?
I really love espresso. Especially because we have the Slayer Espresso Machine. It truly showcases how different each coffee is and the many different ways you can manipulate it to taste perfect.
What’s your favorite part about working at Barista Parlor?
This honestly changes from day to day, because there are so many things I love. At the heart of it I love creating a product I know I can be proud of. But, there's no way to overlook my co-workers. I seriously work with some of the most awesome people I have ever met. They are passionate, creative, hilarious, smart. The list goes on and on.
Outside of work, what are you most passionate about?
Summed up in one word: relationships. My relationship with God, my husband, friends I play board games with, friends I eat and drink with, friends I work out with. I love being in community.
Which historical figure do you most identify with?
Well, as lame as it sounds, I don't have a lot of history knowledge, so I can't necessarily say a historical figure I most identify with. But, seeing as Parks and Recreation is in its last season, it's nearly historical - so, I'll say I most identify most with Leslie Knope. She is a loving, caring and passionate person and she truly enjoys seeing people happy.
Which living person do you admire the most?
It's a toss up between my step-mom, Lana, and my husband, Isaiah. Lana because she has always loved me as her own daughter. It's a special thing to be known as a great step-mom. Lana is one of them. I hope I can be half as good of a mom to my children as she has been to me.
Isaiah because the only man I've ever known to be as patient, genuine and loving as him was my dad. I'm proud he's my husband.
What word or phrase do you most overuse?
An impromptu employee poll says, "Ooh! I know what I'm going to make for dinner!"
When and where are you the happiest?
At home, early afternoon, sun shining through the windows, sitting on my sectional couch with Isaiah and our dog, watching Netflix and drinking beer.
Which talent would you most like to have?
Carpentry. Like, good enough to build a house.