Harvey first began in coffee at the young, impressionable age of 15/16 when he was trained as a barista in a cafe after being hired as the pot wash boy.
Since coffee was his out from washing pots, he has always had a soft spot for the world of the bean. Because of this, he decided to study international business studies at Bournemouth University, where he also carried out a placement year working for Bosch in logistics for a year. The corporate life left him cold, however. Far too lucrative!
After many years working as a barista in something like 15 cafes up and down the south coast, completing his degree this year with a dissertation exploring sustainability in the industry, he toyed with the idea of leaving the world of coffee in search of a ‘big boy job’ (something involving a suit).
After working at Small Batch briefly for the summer of 2018, he realised it would not be possible and applied to become Mercanta’s lab coordinator. Lots of TINY pots to wash, you see!
Although lacking lab/roasting/cupping experience, Stephen Hurst thought it worth hiring someone who can work the espresso machine so he can enjoy the occasional flat white*.
*Seriously. None of the Mercanta team can use that thing. Just Harvey. “Seriously Harvey, we just have no idea how it works. Plllleeeezzzeee could you show us how good you are at pulling milk?”
heh heh heh