Pt. II — Brodie Vissers and the Espresso Bean Stalk

Serving hot content with caffeinated (and personal) anecdotes, and if you’re lucky, maybe some magic beans

Immersion is definitely one thing I crave the most, especially when it comes to personal growth.

Alright, alright, alright! We’re moving on to bigger and better things.

Borrowed images from Brodie’s Facebook

The limitations are only in your imagination.

I had an open conversation with him and asked him some questions that would help us get to know Brodie and his vast body of work in the popular world of espresso.

Getting to know Brodie

What inspires you?

I’d say watching people follow their passions and being able to turn it into something bigger than themselves is really what inspires me because these are usually the people I end up working with on exciting projects. From there, the limitations are only in your imagination.

How did you first get into photography?

Photography happened during high school, but not in the way you might expect. I never took the class actually, I just remember getting a little point and shoot so we could film each other skateboarding. I started making videos before photos actually, editing and everything.

I’ve realized over the years that I’m very much an experiential learner, and that has a big part to do with it. I almost need to be thrown into something in order to learn it…

What were you doing before The Nomad Barista?

Before The Nomad Barista, in terms of coffee, it was just an interest formed during one of my co-op jobs in school. I would try to make my own coffee at home, but whenever I went to different cafes, I would always pick the brains of the baristas behind the bar, watch what they were doing, sometimes take photos.

Do you have a favourite city? And why?

Honestly, I’d have to say Barcelona IS my favourite city, as cliché as that sounds. Just the lifestyle it facilitates — artistic scene, compact urban form, beautiful yet diverse architecture, the sea, central in Europe, good food options, quite international, warm, the colour of the sun in the evenings… the list goes on.

What was the main objective of moving to Barcelona?

Yeah, I was there on-and-off for almost a year and a half, and every minute was incredible. The first time I moved was just because I knew I wanted to live there at some point, so it was kind of a trial period of 3 months to make connections; get back into Spanish, and get a feel for the city.

It’s ok to feel overwhelmed, but just take a step back and ground yourself as often as it takes…

How did being immersed in a different culture shape you as a person and/or affect your process and your work?

Immersion is definitely one thing I crave the most, especially when it comes to personal growth. I’ve realized over the years that I’m very much an experiential learner, and that has a big part to do with it. I almost need to be thrown into something in order to learn it, like speaking a new language or taking on a project that goes beyond my comfort zone. I just started saying ‘yes’ to things, whether I felt prepared or not, and it really helped me grow — it turns on a new part of your brain, almost like fight or flight.

I came to realize eventually that everyone’s an imposter.

How do you stay productive and not feel overwhelmed?

Oh, I definitely feel overwhelmed all the time. I’ve recognized that my working style is very much sporadic, and inspiration/motivation comes in flows, but one thing that helped me, in the beginning, is to accept projects even if I didn’t think I was fully cut out for it (sort of fake it ‘til you make it mentality). And then learning to say no to projects later on that would take away more energy and time than they were worth.

Imposter Syndrome. Ring any bells?

Haha, imposter, yes. That’s definitely me, going back to the fake it ‘til you make it vibe, that’s something I’ve had to come to grips with along the way I think. When I was getting more into the ‘creative’ field, I would constantly compare myself, my ideas, and my achievements to that of others and be disappointed with where I was, but I came to realize eventually that everyone’s an imposter.

If The Nomad Barista didn’t work out the way it did, what would you be doing?

That’s a good question, I never thought of it like that. To me, The Nomad Barista is a project of what I do and serves as a platform. If anything it was a learning experience for me and an excuse to meet people. Sadly I don’t update it as much as I’d like, but the real work happens behind the scenes I think, it operates in parallel.

…you never really know when you’re going to make the perfect brew that will blow your mind.

What’s the most interesting thing about you that we wouldn’t learn from your social media presence?

I mean, ‘interesting’ is pretty subjective, but maybe instead I can share something that I’ve always been super interested in. I’m not very mathematical, but I almost went into a physics major in university because I was so intrigued about the universe and the possibilities of what advancements in science and theoretical physics could mean.

What advice would you give past yourself, knowing what you know now? And why?

Leading on from the last point, I realized that I’m always going to be operating at a different/lower level than someone else, and the sooner you get comfortable with that idea and just keep pressing forward doing your own thing, the better.

Eye of a Designer. Writer. Co-founder of Women United Project. Check out my debut co-authored book, #WomenLetsRise