Rachel grew up in the small industrial town of Bayport, Minn. She spent her summers going to horse camp, spending time in her grandma’s garden, climbing trees, and nurturing her adventurous spirit.
Rachel received her bachelor’s degree in Classics with a concentration in Latin. She is passionate about archeology and art history and spent a semester in Rome where she spent her days walking the entire city and absorbing its history.
Rachel was introduced to the world of coffee as a barista at a specialty coffee shop in Saint Peter, Minn. It was during her first coffee cupping there that Rachel discovered Natural-process Ethiopian coffee. Love was in the air! She went on to manage a coffee cart at a farmers market, work in a busy Saint Paul café, and help open a coffee shop in Bayfield, Wis. Rachel had deeper questions about coffee, however, and being a barista did not allow for her to pursue those questions to the depth that she desired.
Rachel found her home at Cafe Imports in the sensory analysis department in 2019, and is thrilled to be finally getting some answers (and more questions) to those burning questions she’s had since that first wacky cupping.
You can follow her on Instagram at @coffeerachelmeow.