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People of Meron: Cristi from Meron Cismigiu answering Espress(o) Questions

Meet Cristian from Meron Cișmigiu, he’s the one behind the seahorse latte arts you keep seeing in our photos. Today he is answering our Espress(o) Questions, this express interview with our People of Meron behind the bar, that you can read just as fast as it takes to extract an espresso. Enjoy!

1. Age:23

2. How long have you been in the specialty coffee industry? 2 years and 1 month.

3. 3 attributes that describe you as a human being:
empathic, sociable, determined

4. 3 attributes that describe you as a barista: disciplined, kind, careful down to the smallest detail

5. Top 3 favorite verbs that talk about you: to help, to learn, to implement

6. I am very good at: besides brewing coffee, I am very good at breaking cups, wiping windows, and managing unexpected situations.

7. The natural talent you are gifted with is: I make people smile. 

8. I would love to learn to: fly planes

9. What is the nicest compliment you have received as a barista?
„I also like the coffee.” 😏

10. Espresso or Pour Over: No need to choose just one, I like them both.

11. What is non-negotiable when it comes to brewing coffee?
Don’t ask for espresso with cold milk, long espresso or strong coffee.  

12. Funniest request from a guest was…
„A cappuccino with milk, please!”😂

13. When you’re not a barista, you are…
Just a man, who goes through time, making mistakes every day and learning.

14. What would you like people to understand better about what it means to be a barista?
We’re not coffee machines. We’re passionate people learning about coffee every day in order to offer the best experience to our coffee lovers guests.

15. When and where are you the happiest?
Anywhere and anytime, it’s all about the mindset.  

Espresso Questions with People Of Meron: Dorin

Meet the amazing People of Meron, the ones that fill our cups with both coffee and good vibes through Espress(o) Questions. An express interview with our People of Meron behind the bar, that you can read just as fast as it takes to extract an espresso.

Dorin is just one of these passionate guys that could talk about coffee all day long. You can find him at Meron Cismigiu.

1. Age: 22

 

2. For how long have you been in the specialty coffee industry?
I have been in the specialty coffee industry for 2 years and 8 months

 

3. 3 attributes that describe you as a human being:
Sugar, spice and everything nice.

 

4. 3 attributes that describe you as a barista
Professional, friendly and passionate.

 

5. Top 3 favorite verbs that talk about you
To ask, to think, to act.

 

6. I would love to learn to …
I would love to learn how to roast coffee, it’s on my list.

 

7. What is the nicest compliment you have received as a barista?
“Yeah, you’re right, I really don’t need to add sugar in my coffee.”

 

8. Espresso or Pour Over
Pour Over

 

9. What is non-negotiable when it comes to brewing coffee?
Cold milk next to espresso. We don’t do that here.

 

10. Funniest request from a guest was…
Cafe bonbon? If that’s a thing…

 

11. When you’re not a barista, you are…
Client in other coffee shops and my cat’s best friend.

 

12. What would you like people to understand better about what it means to be a barista?
There’s a lot of work, passion and knowledge behind every cup of coffee.
13. When and where are you the happiest?
When I’m surrounded by good coffee and nice people. 

Meron Cismigiu: The building from the so called “Broadway” of Bucharest

Our brand is a balanced mix of coolness and dynamism, but with a pinch of steadiness and appreciation for the little pleasures of life: spending time with your friends, enjoying a good cup of specialty coffee, reading a book that makes you question the world you live in.

Meron has two ways of meeting our people: through their creative & bohemian spirit or their innovative & daring one. So it’s either an old beautiful building where you can feel cozy or in a skyscraper building or a commercial mall where you can pass by to take your coffee or set a business meeting. 

Meron Cișmigiu: a bohemian spot

When we plan on opening a new location, our first thought is to find that bohemian corner of the street that both locals and tourists know about, that building display that makes you wanna stop by and enjoy your presence and ofc… a good cup of coffee. We love all our locations, don’t get us wrong, but Meron Cișmigiu touches a soft spot. So today we want to tell you more about the building and its more known or unknown history.

In the second half of the 19th century, the modernization of Bucharest included, in addition to the construction of monumental buildings, the drawing of boulevards that would offer a wider opening to certain areas. One of them was The Queen Elizabeth Boulevard, about whose history we will guide you through today.

A “Broadway” of Bucharest: Elizabeth Boulevard 

Originally called Belvedere Boulevard, Elisabeta Boulevard was built “at the expressed desire of  Queen Elizabeth (1843-1916) – The first Queen of Romania, to build a more direct path between the Royal Palace and the Cotroceni Palace”.

1880 – The House drew by the mayor Pache Protopopescu

“It must be said that this artery of Bucharest generated history, folklore always adapted, even in more difficult periods, in the last decades of the last century, also in the communist period.”

Meron Cișmigiu on the Queen Elizabeth Boulevard

The house, located on Elisabeta Blvd. (drawn in 1888 during the mayor Pache Protopopescu) corner with Ion Brezoianu and Ioan Zalomit streets was built in 1884-1885 by the Romanian Society of Constructions and Public Works, according to the project of the architect Albert Galleron one of the first buildings built on this boulevard.

The ground floor of the building was intended for companies, in 1890 here was the Typography and Foundry of Letters of Thoma Basilescu (brother of the great professor of law, dean of the Faculty of Law and entrepreneur Nicolae Basilescu), then, in the 20s, Murgășeanu Confectionery.

On the upper floors, there were rooms and apartments for rent (the sculptor Constantin Brâncuși lived here in the first years after 1900). In the early years of the twentieth century, the building housed the German Club (where before the First World War there were projected movie screenings), and in the interwar years the Astoria Hotel. In 1944, the Nissa Hotel (managed by the Zissu Company) operated in this building, and in 1945, the Riviera Hotel. In the years of socialism, on the ground floor of the building was the Cismigiu Confectionery.

Meron Cișmigiu: The home of coffee

And today, it’s what we call the home of coffee at Meron Cișmigiu 💛

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Coffee lover by nature, wine taster by choice. 🍷 📷 @emanuel_ailenei . . . #meron #homeofcoffee #coffeeasyouare #peopleofmeron #specialtycoffee #architecture #meroncismigiu

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old buildings under the morning sun. ☀️☕️ #puddlegram

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The #bucharest celebration of today: our 𝐌𝐄𝐑𝐎𝐍 𝐂𝐈Ș𝐌𝐈𝐆𝐈𝐔 location is 𝐎𝐅𝐅𝐈𝐂𝐈𝐀𝐋𝐋𝐘 𝐎𝐏𝐄𝐍𝐄𝐃 🖤 And it feels amazing to be back here for you, #peopleofmeron! Find us #home on Regina Elisabeta Boulevard. L-V 7.30-20.00 S-D 9.00-20.00 . . . #meron #homeofcoffee #coffeeasyouare #peopleofmeron #specialtycoffe #bucharest #bucharestcoffee #new #newcoffeeshop #coffeeshop #coffeeshopdesign #bucharestpeople #coffeehome #coffeelovers #almostopen #meroncismigiu

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Meron Faces: The Story Behind

If you entered at least once in our locations, it’s almost impossible to have been missed the main element of Meron’s identity: the Meron faces. You know, that painting from one of the walls, nearby our serving area, cool and imperfect, half latino, half… you chose.

In 2016, Cosmin Todor, the designer that created the first Meron coffee shop in Cluj-Napoca, wanted to give a personal, crafty touch to the space. He wanted an artisanal craft element that can show us as we are: a local brand, that cherishes crafted items – from the cups to the product, to the space itself. 

We bring specialty coffee from all over the world. So why wouldn’t we let all the people enjoy it? No matter the cultural differences, the Home of Coffee has plenty of space for everybody.

Hand painted or cut in metal, you will find the Meron faces in our locations as a brand element that speaks for the beans turned into espresso and for the people that drink it.

Meron Faces: Acceptance & Community

Coffee, and specialty coffee in particular, changes your mood, your performance and not least, it fills our social needs. It gives us common ground. It creates a space for us to share thoughts. It’s a fundamental human need: community. It’s personal and subjective. It depends on your taste, mood and openness to the new.

Acceptance is not longer just a courageous action. It’s the frankness that lets you speak your mind, it’s the empathy with which you embrace yours or someone else’s flaws. It’s normal. It’s our way of showing you that we embrace diversity: from our coffees to our #peopleofmeron. Btw, we cannot tell you how much we miss having you on our locations or meeting you at festivals, that morning buzz, that people-come-people-go hum. All of these make us who we are.

Meron Faces & Locations 

 

Meron Opera     |     Meron Zalău     |     Meron Târgu Mureș

Meron Platinia    |    Meron Roastery     |     Meron Napoca

Meron Cișmigiu     |     Meron Satu Mare    |    Meron Central

Which Meron Faces do you see more often? Which one is your favourite?

Creative credits: 

Meron Napoca, Roastery, Cișmigiu, Platinia, Central: Marius Fărcaș

Meron Satu-Mare & Târgu Mureș, Zalău: Mădălina Motogna 

Meron Opera: Conrad Altmann