This month’s Meet your Barista is Mary Mickler. She’s a Senior at UCA and been a barista for Blue Sail Coffee for the past two years.
One of my all-time favorite baristas is Mary Mickler. I was talking to a friend the other day and he said she had a heart of gold. I agree. Mary is truly the “pure in heart.” She always has a smile.
She is a few weeks away from finishing her degree at UCA and we will miss her when she leaves. We will always have the memories of her smiling while making your pour over!
Today, we get a chance to learn more about his barista from Blue Sail Coffe!
“I was born in College Station, Texas but moved to Arkansas in my teens where I then began getting into music. Throughout my teen years that was my passion, and then when I came to Conway to go to UCA I developed an interest for the coffee culture and was honored to join the Blue Sail team. I have been a part of Blue Sail for over two years as well as part of a church plant here in Conway called City Church for the past four. I am graduating this May with a Bachelor’s in Business Management before going to nursing school starting in the summer. Other interests of mine include running, reading, and outdoor activities such as backpacking. I have been so thankful for the leadership training that I have been given during my time at Blue Sail as well as the relationships with people that I have formed from my time there.”
Name: Mary Mickler
Coffee Shop: Blue Sail Coffee (Conway)
School/Status: University of Central Arkansas/Senior
Hometown: College Station, TX
What is one thing about you people would be surprised to know?
I was homeschooled all the way through!
What is the one activity that you can get lost for hours doing?
Reading for sure!
How long have you been pulling shots?
I have been pulling shots for over two years now.
What is your favorite part of the job?
People, people, people. Hands down.
What is your favorite coffee brew method?
I love drinking the french press but making the pour over. Slow brews for the win!
What is your favorite drink on your coffee shop’s menu?
Ethiopian pour over.
What is your favorite virtue?
What do you appreciate the most in your friends?
Honesty/genuineness, openness, and thoughtfulness.
What is your idea of happiness?
Happiness does not come from any materialistic means. It flows from a contentment, and from having purpose in life. Happiness for me usually flows from meaningful relationships and a hope beyond present circumstances.
If not yourself, who would you be?
Oh man! This is a hard one. I like being Mary Mickler, but if I had to choose, maybe Jordan Lee Dooley or Lauren Daigle.
Where would you most like to live?
If I could move all of my favorite people with me, then definitely Olympia, Washington.
What is your ideal occupation?
Before kids, a L&D nurse. After kids, part nurse, part stay at home mom/wife.
Wrapping it up
Thanks for answering our questions, Mary! Thanks for being one of our favorite baristas for the past two years. Make sure you go by and see Mary before she moves on to her next stop!
Todd is a copywriter, content strategist, digital marketer and the Publisher for Conway Scene. He enjoys coffee from the local coffee shops, learning the stories of new friends, pro wrestling, and dirt track racing.