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Espress(o) Questions with Women of Meron: Livia from Meron Zalau

This month we celebrate and honor the #womenofmeron, the ones that help us share the passion for specialty coffee in the communities we belong to. Today’s guest is Livia, the manager of #MeronZalau.

She’s here to answer our Espress(o) Questions, an express interview about the life behind the bar, that you can read just as fast as it takes to extract an espresso.

 

Enjoy!

1. Age: 37

 

2. How long have you been in the specialty coffee industry? For about 6 years now, but I have learned much more in the past year since working with Meron.

 

3. 3 attributes that describe you as a human being: Honest, friendly, reliable.

 

4. 3 attributes that describe you as a barista: Passionate, enthusiastic, well mannered.

 

5. Top 3 favorite verbs that talk about you: to be present, to share, to discover.

 

6. The natural talent you are gifted with is: Attention to detail.

 

7. I would love to learn to…Speak perfectly French.

 

8. What is the nicest compliment you have received as a barista? ‘I love to see a smiling face every morning, makes my day’.

 

9. Espresso or Pour Over? Espresso.

 

10. What is non-negotiable when it comes to brewing coffee? Serve the coffee straight away, I can not drink a coffee that sat longer than 5 min after being prepared.

 

11. Funniest request from a guest was…Draw their faces in a cup.

 

12. When you’re not a barista, you are…. An auntie, a friend, and a traveler.

 

13. What would you like people to understand better about what it means to be a barista? All the work and knowledge that is being put behind a cup of coffee.

 

14. When and where are you the happiest? When I hit the road.

Meron Coffee Shops & Online Shop Holiday Schedule

Holidays are for spending time with your loved ones. These days should be lived slowly and enjoyed near a cup of coffee or some coffee beans for you to brew at home.

As the Holiday approach, we want to remind you our schedule for our Online Shop:

And, here are our current hours for every Meron Coffee Shop during the Holiday.

Meron Napoca, Meron Opera & Meron Platinia

21.12 – 23.12: Regular Hours

24.12: 07:00 – 16:00

25.12: Closed

26.12 – 30.12:  Regular Hours

31.12: 07:00 – 16:00

01.01: Closed

02.01: Regular Hours

 

Meron Central, Meron VIVO & Meron Brașov

21.12 – 23.12: Regular Hours

24.12: 08:00 – 16:00

25.12: Closed

26.12 – 30.12:  Regular Hours

31.12: 08:00 – 16:00

01.01: Closed

02.01: Regular Hours

 

Meron VIVO Terrace

21.12 – 23.12: Regular Hours

24.12: 10:00 – 16:00

25.12: Closed

26.12 – 30.12:  Regular Hours

31.12: 10:00 – 16:00

01.01: Closed

02.01: Regular Hours

 

Meron Iulius & Meron Iulius Van

21.12 – 23.12: Regular Hours

24.12: 09:00 – 18:00

25.12: Closed

26.12 – 30.12:  Regular Hours

31.12: 09:00 – 18:00

01.01: Closed

02.01: Regular Hours

 

Meron Roastery

21.12 – 23.12: Regular Hours

24.12 – 03.01: Closed

04.01: Regular Hours

 

Meron Sigma

21.12 – 23.12: Regular Hours

24.12: 10:00 – 14:00

25.12 – 26.12: Closed

27.12 – 30.12:  Regular Hours

31.12: 10:00 – 14:00

01.01 – 02.01: Closed

03.01: Regular Hours

 

Meron Cișmigiu

21.12 – 23.12: Regular Hours

24.12: 09:00 – 16:00

25.12: Closed

26.12: 09:00 – 16:00

27.12 – 30.12:  Regular Hours

31.12: 09:00 – 16:00

01.01: Closed

02.01: 09:00 – 16:00

03.01: Regular Hours

 

Meron Alecsandri

21.12 – 10.01: Closed

 

Meron Lotus

21.12 – 23.12: Regular Hours

24.12: 09:00 – 19:00

25.12: Closed

26.12 – 30.12:  Regular Hours

31.12: 09:00 – 18:00

01.01: Closed

02.01: Regular Hours

Meron Satu Mare & Meron Zalău

21.12 – 23.12: Regular Hours

24.12: 08:00 – 18:00

25.12: Closed

26.12 – 30.12:  Regular Hours

31.12: 08:00 – 18:00

01.01: Closed

02.01: Regular Hours

 

Meron Târgu Mureș

21.12 – 23.12: Regular Hours

24.12: 08:00 – 18:00

25.12: Closed

26.12 – 30.12:  Regular Hours

31.12: 08:00 – 16:00

01.01: Closed

02.01: Regular Hours

 

Take a moment to pause and relax. Merry everything!

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

New Home of Coffee: Meron Zalău in Zalău Value Centre

Zalău, we’re coming to your city with a new home of coffee. Starting from November 7th, we open our 11th coffee shop in Zalău Value Centre

Specialty coffee brings people together. We are more than thrilled to meet all coffee lovers from Zalău and serve you our best coffees. We guarantee you, Meron is the new place in town to be if you cherish the quality of coffee.

With freshly roasted in Transylvania coffee beans, single origin coffee from all over the world and original coffee recipes designed by our 2019 National Barista Champion, we are waiting for you to enjoy every sip of specialty coffee at Meron. 

Let’s meet for a cup of coffee on the 7th of November in Zalău Value Center. See you soon!