Back in April, Luis and Cristina agreed to sit down and answer a list of questions. In May, we took some of the answers and prepared a brief snapshot of the couple. But as we said, if you’ve tasted their thoughtfully-roasted coffees, you’ve already come to know a great deal about Luis Hellmund and Cristina Coll. They always take their coffee to the next level.
Gregarious and fun-loving, they each have a zest for adventure and life. As the conversation turns to coffee, and specifically South Slope Coffee, the gloves come off. This fiery Venezuelan duo is passionate about what they do, how they do it, and why their coffee is so damn good.
Here’s part two of our interview with Luis and Cristina.
Funny that I like my coffee black with no additives. Doesn’t that tell you something about how our coffee tastes?
What are your guilty pleasures?
Luis: Ice cream—especially coconut. If coconut isn’t available, dark chocolate will do. If it has pieces of Oreo cookies it’s even better. Also, dark chocolate is right up there in any form; cakes, brownies, bars, whatever! Dark chocolate coconut cake? Wow!
I like sweet stuff a lot! Funny that I like my coffee black with no additives. Doesn’t that tell you something about how our coffee tastes?
Cristina: Every now and then I like to stop at McDonald’s and get a Hot Fudge Sundae or sometimes a Dunkin’ Donut.
You show up for your new job. How do Luis and Cristina make friends?
Luis: Make coffee, of course! Well, some people don’t like coffee so I would also bring donuts. I would definitely not try too hard. I think just saying hello, smiling, and being helpful and courteous is enough to make friends. Being authentic and yourself is the most important part. If that doesn’t work, then it’s probably not my type of crowd.
Cristina: I’m not a very extroverted person, so it takes some time for me to make friends. It might take a few conversations to see if we have something in common, but usually, things start with sports or restaurants we like.
I really enjoy the end of my days, when I know I can relax, maybe watch the sunset or talk to my parents…
What small things make you happy?
Luis: Good coffee makes me very happy. Going to the movies. Having a good time with family and friends—no matter the activity. I love watching Bayern Munich and the German National Soccer team. There’s nothing like delicious food; from the typical everyday things to some gourmet spectacular meal.
Cristina: I really enjoy the end of my days, when I know I can relax, maybe watch the sunset or talk to my parents, eat a snack, and have a beer.
Would your parents say you were an easy child? Why/why not?
It’s not hard to believe that Luis and Cristina replied similarly to this question. Both claim they were very easy kids and that their parents would back them up on this recollection.
With such easygoing natures and attitudes, there’s no need for any fact-checking. Instead, we’re happy to sit down with another cup of coffee and listen to them talk for a little while longer. We hope you’ll order some of their freshly roasted coffee and come to know this couple through their delicious product.