Robby Miller

This week’s theme: baristas

Miller is a barista at the Coffee Trader. He is from Georgia, moved to Delta in 2007 and moved to Montrose in 2009. He started off working part time and now serves drinks five days a week. Miller is not only a barista, he also bakes the store’s pastries every morning. His homemade cheesecakes can be found at the Horsefly Brewing Company and RnR Sports Bar.

Q: What do you do in your free time?

A: I love yoga. I’m actually a yoga instructor. I teach yoga a couple nights a week, and hanging out with friends. I love food, I’m a total foodie. (Being) in the kitchen eating, drinking wine (that’s what) I really enjoy. During the winter, I enjoy snowboarding.

Q: What do you enjoy most about being a barista?

A: It’s the morning bar, so you really get the chance to make people happy early in the morning and get their day started. Just being able to put out that positive energy in people’s day right away when they they come in, and, of course, a great cup of coffee makes anybody happy. I love to make coffee. It’s a great thing. Making drinks makes me happy and putting something out there that people really enjoy.

Q: Foam or no foam on drinks?

A: I don’t ask (if the customer wants) foam unless someone specifies no foam. I think it makes the drink taste so much better when you have that texture in the milk. It just makes the coffee flavor come through a lot more. It helps to aerate it more on your palate.

Q: What do you drink when you’re at work?

A: I drink pretty much straight-up coffee. I like it hot or iced most times. Usually, what I drink is a quad shot of expresso over ice with just a little cream in it. That gets me going right away.

Q: What’s your favorite drink to make and why?

A: Definitely, the cappuccino or the caramel caramel macchiato. It takes some skill to really get that nice champagne bubble foam, especially in a cappuccino. It’s really a technical drink. It takes the longest to make the cappuccino (out of) any of the drinks. So when somebody orders a cappuccino, it’s a special drink.

— Monica Garcia

“Familiar Faces” is a recurring feature that offers a brief profile of individuals who live in the Uncompahgre Valley in an effort to showcase what makes the area unique. Each week, the focus will shift to representatives of a specific group, such as photographers, teachers, clergy members, etc. To suggest a group or individual, email editor@montrosepress.com.

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