This month’s Meet your Barista is Austin Keith from Round Mountain Coffee.
Originally from Greenwood, AR, Austin Keith has been hanging his hat in Conway for about four years now. He is the oldest of 5 siblings and a musician. He loves writing music and plays with a band called Bro. Bera. Austin isn’t just a barista but he has spent the bulk of his time at Round Mountain Coffee as the main roaster.
Name: Austin Keith
Coffee Shop: Round Mountain Coffee
Hometown: Greenwood, AR
What is one thing about you people would be surprised to know?
I once was almost kicked out of a John Mayer concert for trying to touch the lead singer of Train; worth it
What is your favorite thing to do in Conway?
Ride my nickel board on the Salem park trail while listening to my favorite tunes.
What is the one activity that you can get lost for hours doing?
How long have you been pulling shots?
A year and a half!
What is your favorite part of the job?
Meeting new and interesting people. Also all the free coffee.
What is your favorite coffee brew method?
Aeropress – so versatile!
What is your favorite drink on your coffee shop’s menu?
The Round Mountain Classic. 8oz, local honey, cinnamon. Perfect.
What is your favorite virtue?
I like to think I’m generally positive
What do you appreciate the most in your friends?
That they’re willing to drive me around literally always (haven’t owned a car in 2 years)
What is your idea of happiness?
Traveling, surrounded by people you love, and listening to great music.
If not yourself, who would you be?
Anthony Bourdain. Easy. Or Donald Glover. One for the job, the other for the talent.
Where would you most like to live?
West Coast. Or Australia.
What is your ideal occupation?
A musician that travels and writes about the local culture (and the coffee, of course).
Wrapping it up
Go see Austin and tell him you saw him at Conway Scene. Buy an Aeropress, his favorite drink. Ask him some questions about music and the name of Train’s lead singer.
Thanks for answering the questions Austin!