Amazon held its second annual Coffee Symposium on Friday as a technique of showcasing the dozen or so impartial roasters that function in buildings throughout its campus and I stopped by to take a look at what was certain to be a very Seattle mixture of tech and coffee and I ended up ingesting parts of 13 completely different cups of coffee in about an hour and when I left the development noise close to The Spheres was very intense and my coronary heart was racing and all of the apps on my cellphone regarded like they have been transferring and I actually wanted that to stop so I might name an Uber which ended up simply making me really feel like a caged animal on the way in which again to Fremont and now I can’t stop typing lengthy sufficient to seek out the interval key on my laptop computer as a result of my fingers are nonetheless shaking and I suppose my pupils are over-dilated.
I wasn’t alone.
Greater than 2,000 Amazonians took an prolonged coffee break within the Assembly Middle of the corporate’s Doppler Workplace tower to pattern heat and chilly brews, sit in on talks about roasting and brewing processes, hand shade their very own ceramic coffee mugs, and decide a competitors. There was even a kind of big Jenga video games going — which, frankly, is a unhealthy concept in a room stuffed with very jittery individuals.
Right here’s a rundown of the roasters and what I ingested:
I additionally ingested some oat milk from Oatly, which was fascinating when you’ve by no means had it, and I ate a big chocolate chip cookie from FareStart as a result of I actually wanted some sugar coursing by my system after 13 cups of coffee.
Zoka Coffee ended up beating out defending champion Victrola and the entire different attending roasters to win the chilly brew style problem.
Amazon says that Elm Coffee Roasters, positioned within the Day 1 workplace constructing, is likely one of the extra common coffee spots on campus and goes by about 8,000 kilos of coffee a yr. With 45,000 or so employees within the metropolis, it’s clear that these individuals drink a lot of coffee.
Lawrence Lee, an accounting supervisor who has been at Amazon for a yr and a half, drinks about 20 ounces of coffee on a regular day. I requested how a lot he’d consumed on Friday.
“Far more than that,” Lee stated. “To the purpose of being jittery.”
Nick Kampman, a provide planner who began at Amazon virtually two years in the past, brings his coffee from house a lot, or typically he’ll seize Starbucks. He referred to as Fonte’s Peaberry “the coffee of the day.”
Rebecca Shore, a UX researcher, drinks two cups of coffee a day, one within the morning to get going and one proper after lunch … to get going once more. Any greater than that and she received’t be capable of sleep at night time. However she stated she doesn’t actually get pleasure from her first cup of the day.
“I simply want it,” Shore stated.
I want a beer. And a nap.