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Modern Coffee Creators | Barbara

Modern Coffee Creators.

Meet the team bringing the extraordinary to your daily coffee rituals. 

Name | Barbara Michel. 

House position | Head Baker.

Barbara at the WatchHouse Bakery

What are your first memories of food?
My first ever memory was of hot cross buns that my Auntie made when she came back from Ghana. I had to go in the kitchen to help her, and I remember making the crosses on top, using water and flour and thinking ‘wow - this is something I want to do in the future.’

Favourite WatchHouse coffee?
I love an oat milk latte.

What is your go to comfort food or favourite dish? 
Frozen grapes. When I’m stressed they’re the perfect calming snack. 

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given? 
Don’t be too hard on yourself and let tomorrow take care of itself. 

Piping the new WatchHouse lemon tarts with Italian meringue

How do you relax?

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be? 

What are you passionate about? 

Tell us about something that has inspired you recently?
Getting this job to be honest - it’s my first ever role as a Head Pastry Chef in charge of a kitchen team. I feel very inspired getting to do this job. 

Tell us a fact about yourself. 
I’m super organised - you have to be in the kitchen.

 Barbara runs a passionate operation at WatchHouse Bakery HQ 
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We think you'll love Rarities. Throw caution to the wind and challenge your preconceptions. Each month we showcase cups that reveal flavours we wouldn’t have thought possible from the humble coffee bean.


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