Small World Coffee

Better Know a Worldling, Part 1

By Jessica | Friday, August 22nd, 2014 at 7:59 am

We are a blur of red aprons – you see us, day in and out, hustling behind the counter, making change, pulling shots, washing dishes like our livelihood depends on it – because it does, really. But what do you really know about us, this select group of wildly attractive humans who can make delicious beverages at a clip that defies belief? (And who are also, obviously, very humble.)

In all honesty, we do think of our crew as one large and mostly functional family. And we would like for you, our loyal customers, to get to know us. To that end, we are introducing a new series of Small World employee interviews. It’ll be no-holds-barred and I’ll be asking the tough questions, like “what’s your favorite coffee drink?” and “which Hogwarts house would you be sorted into?” And in just a few short answers, you’ll get to the heart of who we are, as baristas, as New Jerseyans, as human beings.

And so, without further ado, I present the first part of Small World Coffee’s “Better Know a Worldling.”

First up is Kale Thompson. Perhaps you swear you saw Kale behind the counter a few years ago. You would be swearing right – he tried to leave Small World, but just couldn’t quit us. He’s been back for a few months now, and was recently promoted to supervisor. Good luck, Kale!

Where are you from?
Howard, PA.

What brought you to Princeton?
I went to school at Westminster for my undergrad. I started working at Small World at the end of my junior year.

How long have you been at Small World?
So, my first stint lasted almost one and a half years. Then I left to focus on teaching. I’ve been teaching for the past two years. And I started back here in May of this year.

What do you teach?
I teach middle school music. I’m the vocal teacher.

What music do you enjoy listening to?
I love vocal jazz. Etta James is my girl. Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong. The Pirate Jenny performed by Ute Lemper.

What do you do in your free time?
I really like to read. I know that sounds nerdy, but I do. Young adult fiction. I’m not interested in facts – if I wanted information, I’d watch the news.

What is your best Small World memory?
I would say shifts with Malena and Kathryn. We would theme our shifts with attire. And customers really enjoyed us. It was like going to work for five hours and having fun. Like not working.

What is your go-to Small World drink?
Definitely a double milky shot. For the days I maybe need something a little more decadent, I throw in some of our vanilla syrup, add a dollop of whipped cream, and call it a day.

What is your ‘90s boy band anthem?
MMMBop.

How many “m”s is that?
I would guess three, minimum. It was sung by the Hanson brothers, and I guess I liked them because I have three brothers. But we didn’t have long hair. So I guess we’re more like the 2000s Hanson brothers, after they all cut their hair.

Stay tuned for the next edition!

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