Vanessa Garcia, a Shift Lead at Verve’s Manhattan Beach Cafe, always dreamed of having a career in the coffee industry. Taking a leap of faith, she accepted an opportunity and in turn welcomed a season of everything coffee related.
How do you start your morning?
For me, coffee isn't essential, it’s a pleasure to have, so typically, I start my daily tasks first. Once I know that my responsibilities are in order, then I reward myself with coffee. This way I can relax and truly appreciate the first cup of the day.
What's your morning brew?
With the arrival of spring, I’ve been reaching for our Wilder Blend. The way that I describe coffee, is like the way that I do things. Wilder is like a morning walk. The sun is rising, the air is light, it fully embraces the sense of a fresh start. It’s without question that Wilder has become a key part of my morning routine.
Favorite part of your morning?
I enjoy taking walks, especially with a cup of coffee in hand. It’s how I bring ease to my day. Listening to music, appreciating the cool breeze, and holding onto a warm mug. I like to soak in the day - with the sights, the sounds, the smells and the tastes.
Why do you love coffee?
I always dreamed of having a career in coffee, so I took a leap of faith and accepted an opportunity within the industry. That’s when I fell in love with it. I began to cherish the environment that it brought and I felt like I gained a family within the community.
How did you discover Verve?
I actually discovered Verve from Mourad, a Shift Lead at our 3rd Street Cafe. Mourad described the Mateo location as the “Disney World of coffee.” After hearing that, it was a must for me to visit. Of course from there, I loved it! And now I am a Shift Lead at our Manhattan Beach cafe.