Derrick Smith

Barista/Shop owner


Popular handles:
personal- @cherokeefist
professional- @welkincoffee

How did you get started?
I landed my first job as a Barista when I was 16 yrs old at a book store in Winston-Salem NC. The manager of the cafe used to be a teacher at the school I attended. As much as I goofed off at school, I can’t believe that she actually hired me.

Who influenced you the most when developing your craft?
I was lucky enough to work at Krankies in Winston-Salem NC. Not only did I learn how to treat your employees with respect, but also, I learned to invest in people and encourage them in their passions. These guys gave me the platform and the freedom to continually get better and work on my craft.

Why do you love your job?
The coffee industry is an ever changing thing which keeps it fun and challenging all at the same time. There is always something new to learn about the industry and coffee as an agricultural product. Being a Barista gives you the opportunity to educate while being creative in making great drinks.

5 words that describe you:
I talked my wife in to doing this one for me…..

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Dream job:
I’m doing it (unless a position for “drive muscle cars all day for fun” became available……then I’m out)

3 things you aspire to do or be:
-Never stop trying my hardest to be the best Husband/Dad/Friend/Boss I can be.
-Get to the point where I can travel more with my family.
-Watch more soccer

(Fill in the blank) I appreciate _______ in my life, because _______.

I appreciate my wife Maeve in my life. because she never stops supporting me. She encourages me when I feel defeated and keeps me grounded when I have ridiculous ideas.

Advice for someone who is looking to begin a new hobby/job/ life pursuit:
The things you are most passionate about are probably the things you should be doing in your life. It’s really great to go to work for a whole day, come home, and not dread doing it all over again the next day. Trust people until they give you a reason not to. Invest in others. Always be on time.

Something your followers would be surprised to learn about you:
I have four kids AND a lip tattoo.

Favorite food:
My mother-in-law’s egg rolls.

Favorite drink:
I’ll put coffee here but that’s debatable

Favorite song:
“Since I’ve been loving you”- Led Zeppelin

Favorite quote:
“Derrick, wanna go to Bowen’s Island?”-Anyone

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