Wilda

Say hello to Wilda!

You may recognize her name from the fan favourite “Wilda Bar” that frequently appears in our baking case. Tay’s mom has been with us unofficially since the beginning, popping in to help us with a rush, run for milk or crush a kitchen clean up. She’s become a more consistent member of the team since her retirement from her 20+ year career in social work in December 2020. She’s most at home in the r+g kitchen but is challenging herself at 63 years young to start apprenticing a bit behind the bar.

How do you take your coffee?
> Americano Misto or just black

Fun fact?
> Please don’t talk to me before I’ve had my first coffee

I’ve always wanted to…
> Live by the ocean

Oh yeah, and that jovial fellow is Grandpa Gord. His unofficial role is quality control. When he’s not farming you can often find him enjoying an americano, scrounging for reject baking + kitchen mishaps. He’s a little unreliable though, as he thinks everything tastes delicious!

Meet Julia!

Julia joined our barista team in April 2021 and is excited to explore the world of specialty coffee. She has an incredible work ethic and embraces the rise + grind life. When she’s not behind the bar you can find her at 1 of her other 3 part-time jobs.

How do you take your coffee?
> Iced, creamy & caffeinated

Fun fact?
> I don’t want no scrub

What is your animal alter ego?
> My dog, ruby

I’ve always wanted to…
> Have my last name pronounced correctly & win the lottery

Rise + Grind Espresso Kaitlyn

Meet Kaitlyn! Also goes by Kaity, Kaity-faye or sniggs.

Kaitlyn is a co-owner of R + G and has a passion for fostering connections within the community over quality cups of coffee. When she’s not working you can likely find her lifting weights, walking her super-floof Koda or scrounging for snacks.

How do you take your coffee?
> Black (like my soul)

Favourite drink to make?
> Latte

Fun fact?
> I love to write

Rise + Grind Espresso Taylor

Meet Taylor! Co-owner & resident handyman.

Tay can usually be found helping to open up shop in the morning, fixing something that broke, or trying to bamboozle Kaitlyn out of the $1 baking which he is infrequently afforded. He’s a P.Ag, farms full time with his family & has a passion for making things grow. He’s an avid weightlifter and the only thing bigger than his biceps is his heart. His tolerance for caffeine (and his wife) is outstanding.

How do you take your coffee?
> Quickly

Favourite drink to make?
> Redeye

Fun fact about me?
> Equally as good at breaking things as fixing them

Rise + Grind Espresso Jess

Meet Jess! Also goes by Mader, Giggles or Smol’ fren.

Jess joined our team in March 2019 and hasn’t stopped giggling since! Don’t let her tiny stature fool you, she’s 5 foot, 100% drill sergeant. She is always looking for ways to make things more efficient & cleans the heck out of everything! She’s an incredible artist, crafter & photographer all of which she fits in before her 8pm bedtime!

How do you take your coffee?
> In the morning

Favourite drink to make?
> I don’t have a favourite, I love them all

Fun fact about me?
> I love winter

Rise + Grind Espresso Shayne

Meet Shayne!

Shayne is one of our students & barista in training. You might be fooled into thinking that she’s shy at first, but as you get to know her she is incredibly outgoing & funny! We love having her on our team! Shayne is in grade 11 and is working to save up to go travelling. She enjoys snowboarding & spending time with her friends. She plans on going to post secondary to study in the medical field after graduation.

How do you take your coffee?
> Caramel macchiato with almond milk

Fun fact?
> I like to try new things

Rise + Grind Espresso Adam

Meet Adam!

Adam is one of our students & barista in training! He is an absolute joy to be around! He’s always got a big smile on his face and has some serious hustle! Adam is in grade 11 and has a packed schedule! He plays volleyball, takes piano & drama. He’s planning to apply for the registered nursing program at Mount Royal in YYC after graduation. The future is incredibly bright for this star & we are so lucky to have him on our team!

What is your favourite drink?
> Iced caramel macchiato

Fun fact?
> Enjoys being outdoors & gardening

Rise + Grind Espresso Britt

Meet Britt! Our resident caffeine addict.

Britt joined our team in September 2019. When she’s not busy pulling shots, you can often find her perched at the bar enjoying a quadshot latte working on her laptop or instructing yoga & guided meditation classes at her infrared studio Yoga At The Shop.
In her free time she enjoys taking her rescue pup Miss Tucker for walks & helping out at her boyfriend’s fly-in fishing camp, Crystal Lodge, at Cree Lake.

How do you take your coffee?
> In a cup

Favourite drink to make?
> The dirty chai

Fun fact about me?
> I have wished on more than a dozen shooting stars and blown out many birthday candles with hopes of suddenly becoming left hand dominant in writing