Pound’s Customer of the Week is a weekly blog post featuring Pound the Hill’s customers. Here you will find what each customer enjoys most about Pound the Hill, their favorite dishes and drinks, and a haiku.
A sweet person and passionate typer, I had the pleasure of sitting down with Erin, a regular customer for 2 years now. We grabbed our respective coffee drinks and the following conversation was had, please enjoy it in all it’s glory!
When did you start coming to pound?
I would say about 6 months after you guys opened. So this is just a guess, I’d say about 2 years ago.
Ya March will be our 3 year anniversary.
Ok so probably September of that same year, which would’ve been 2011.
Do you like it?
I love it. As you can tell.
Because you are staying.
Do you live in the area?
I do. I like on Pennsylvania Ave.
Do you do your work here?
I do. I used to come almost every morning. My rhythms have changed but I still come on the weekends. I tend to do my emails, visit websites, and do various work items.
And Passionately type away.
No. You are not the only one to have noticed.
No. We like it. It creates an atmosphere.
It adds to the beat background to the music, the percussion.
On this day. So what is your favorite drink?
My only drink is a straight up latte. Large. No extra shots. No Flavors.
Just a pure and simple latte.
I used to, I confused everybody because I used to be 2% milk and I think I even did half caf. Now it’s full on sinful.
It’s nothing complicated.
I think it’s Antajuan who told me that lattes taste a lot better with whole milk.
And sure enough he’s right. So that’s what I do.
Tell me about your favorite spot. I know it is the tall table next to the condiment station.
I can’t tell you why but I just like high tops. I just love high tops. I have no clue why. When I walk into Pound and the high top is taken it is always a bit of a bummer. I midigate for that by getting in as early as possible. I’m an early riser.
You are a morning person. But that’s okay, you are in good company. I’m a morning person, personally.
You, I’ve noticed, have energy and verve in the morning as I think I do. And I respect that.
Thank you. I respect it as well.
How do you like that word “verve?”
I like it.
I just came up with that.
I liked where you were going with that. I thought you were going to say vigor or something. And for some reason my mind went to vinegar and I thought this is turning sour but you kept going and it was positive. So, what do you do?
I am a consultant for independent schools. I assist with a variety of schools and universities in globalizing curriculum. We endeavor to step it up a notch with regard to student and faculty knowledge of world events and trends. We try to get folks critically thinking about global issues.
How did you get into that?
Well you know we started back in ’95. Sending groups of students to what was then a brand new South Africa. Then by the turn of the century, the turn of the decade, we started working on other countries as well. And now we don’t simply send folks over seas but actually go into the campus and do some work. How did I get into that? I lived in southern Africa in the middle of the 90s. My business partner is from the region and we had this idea and we started it.
So you are a faithful cafe customer.
Do you ever come at night?
I have never come at night.
Alright. That’s fine. (Voice trails off)
And not for any good reason. I would love to. You know how your head works?
Well my head is wired to come to Pound the Hill in the mornings. Well my wife and I oughta come. My wife has come to Pound with me a handful of times, maybe half dozen, 6 or 8. And I’ve come about a billion times. So I should get her here for dinner. Don’t you think?
I love your food. I’m not a big muffin fan, just in general. But I absolutely adore your orange infused french toast. On occasion maybe twice a month, I think I might do that this morning. Maybe have some bacon on the side.
So tell me about the most interesting place you have gone after getting your coffee here.
Well, just a recent thought, I always try to build Pound into my mornings of course. I remember a recent morning, my wife’s birthday is in December and we needed to be in National Harbor to celebrate her birthday. We went down there for a little stay-cation. So I remember how rushed it was for me being here but I still snuck it in. It was fun.
I like that you still had to get this in. Just a moment of regularness in your irregular stay-cation.
It’s just my routine.
I understand that, you are speaking to the choir.
Also just getting with you and your colleagues and having fun little conversations. It’s basically my time to wall off and be in my own space which I love.
Get the tunnel vision going.
If your coffee drink were a book, what book would it be?
So this is the psychobabble part of the conversation?
Yes, yes it is. No it’s just for fun.
I was thinking Smilla’s Sense of Snow. Can that be my answer?
Ya if you want it to be.
I’ve never actually read the book. I think it takes place mostly in Greenland. I think it makes many references to the many wonders of snow. I learned, I don’t know that it’s in that book. I think it’s one of the Inuit’s languages there are 50 different words for snow, snow concepts.
I like it because there are many ways you can have your coffee here. Every person has a different sense of coffee. You are welcome Ferge, you are welcome. Do you have have a favorite special or deal?
I love your loyalty program. I have 1,914 points at the moment.
You are well over half way to the happy hour open bar.
Oh I’m 75% almost.
Just keep going. You are going to have a special day soon.
My friend helps me out.
Alright this is the end of it, I need you to write a haiku about Pound:
Daniel knowing my
phone number, feels warm and toasty
I love the brick, vibe.