Photo by David Kraus.

Photo by David Kraus.

Hey! My name is Michelle, but most people just call me Meesh. I'm originally from Northern Virginia and moved to Phoenix, Arizona in 2013. Coffee is a huge part of my life and a lot of the reason why I am who I am today. It's been five years since my first barista gig in Washington, DC. Because of coffee, I've been able to explore new places, meet some of the greatest people I've ever known, and learn a great deal about myself and what I'm capable of. In a lot of ways, coffee saved me, and every cup I serve to another or enjoy by myself is a reminder of that. 

While you can find me behind the bar at Futuro Coffee in Downtown Phoenix on Sunday's, the coffee shop isn't where I spend a majority of my time. I've been pursuing a career in the creative industry, working alongside and learning from some of Phoenix's most talented creatives. The coffee and creative industries are very similar and have a ton of overlap, so I plan on continuing to work in both!

It's normal to find me with a glass of wine or champagne in my hand while making a Chemex at home, dancing with my best friend, or trying to sleep in as late as possible. I love Drake, deep conversations about self-improvement and/or racial inequality, anything with noodles, spending time alone in new cities, swiping right, and wearing Ugg boots as slippers, no matter how nonsensical they are in the desert. Let's hang out!

Get in touch:
michelle@thechocolatebarista.com