Gaby joined Phil & Sebastian in July 2016 as a barista at our Chinook cafe. He is originally from Paris and was highly recommended to us by our friends at Nordic Approach in Norway, where he did a lab assistant internship. Gaby quickly won over everyone with his enthusiasm and joy de vivre at Chinook. He expressed to us his desire to become a Green Coffee Buyer in 2017, and in 2018 we began the long training journey for Gaby to become a green coffee buyer.
Our plan was originally for him to begin in the role in 2020, but Covid had other plans and we were forced to delay the start of that role. During Covid, Gaby managed our Calgary Place cafe and was instrumental in its survival. He created a warm and welcoming space for all customers, so much so that many customers have said that Gaby was the main reason they went to work in their offices during Covid.
In February of 2021, Gaby and Marion had their first and only child, Lenny. Lenny was Gaby’s greatest joy and inherited Gaby’s amazing smile.
An interesting fact is that Gaby’s father was born in Reunion Island, formerly known as the Island of Bourbon. This island is believed to be the birthplace of the Bourbon coffee variety. For this reason, we will be planting the Bourbon varietal in Costa Rica. Ricardo Perez is a longtime friend and coffee producer of ours and was touched that we asked him about planting the coffee on his land. He had the chance to meet Gaby in March of 2022 and made an instant connection with him – It was hard not to. We miss you, Gaby.