April’s Excellent Adventure (to Origin)

Each year, we hope to send one outstanding Temple barista to coffee origin to experience where coffee begins and put perspective on what they are representing each day in our cafes. We hope the experience is inspirational and infectious to our customers and employees alike. Read about our all-star barista April Sullivan’s experience in Antigua, Guatemala below.

My name is April, and I am a barista for Temple Coffee Roasters. If I haven’t had the pleasure of making coffee for you yet, I work at the Temple location located on Fair Oaks Blvd. I’m the one in the middle, and I am not as short as the picture makes me out to be!


I ‘ve worked for Temple about two years now, and it’s been an adventure of its own. I fell in love with specialty coffee more than three years ago, and it was then that I decided I wanted a career in it, which is why I am at Temple Coffee today.

Temple Coffee Roasters is known for many things: superior-crafted coffee beverages, high roasting accolades, but what is most important to me is our sourcing program.


Superior quality coffee starts at the source. Part of Temple’s mission is to trade directly with farmers, producers, and co-ops in an effort to build mutual beneficial relationships that result in higher standards of living and higher quality coffee.

This allows Temple to purchase coffee at not only a higher price than what one would see on the world coffee market, the “C-market,” but also at a higher price than Fair Trade. You can get more information via our Return to Origin report made by our Director of Coffee, Eton Tsuno, on Temple’s website.

The reason I mention all this is because I was honored to represent Temple Coffee as a visiting barista to Antigua, Guatemala earlier this June!