LAUREN D. - BARISTA
This is Lauren. She moved to Seattle 4 years ago from New York to pursue a master’s degree in nutrition. Though this is her first barista gig, she has been falling in love with the science of coffee, and even more so with the community surrounding Hotwire. Lauren enjoys hiking, biking, and mountaineering during her off-time. Studying botany for her undergrad, she also has a love for plants— especially bryophytes and lichen. Come on in and let her know where you are hiking this weekend!
ANGELA & JEFF - OWNERS
This is Jeff and Angela. They have owned Hotwire for about 2 years now, but were long-time regulars and personal friends of the previous owner and staff. They jumped at the opportunity to purchase their beloved coffee shop, and they’ve been running the show ever since.
Jeff was born and raised in Rochester, MA and moved to Seattle, WA in 1992, planting roots through music, family, and various business investments (including building a small coffee/baked-goods empire). He holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Accounting & Business (and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Mathematics), and he is a drummer in a local rock band, Hobosexual.
Angela was born and raised in West Seattle, attending Schmitz Park Elementary, Madison Middle School, and West Seattle High School, and she holds a Bachelor’s in Business from the UW Foster School of Business. She was one of the first members of a Seattle-based startup called Redfin.com. Here she was in charge of accounting, operations, human resources, legal, and many things in-between. During her tenure, the company grew from one market to 18+, and from 10 employees to over 650. Six years and two kids later, Angela decided to leave Redfin in order to aid Jeff in running their various businesses, pursue a black belt in martial art of Tang Soo Do, and (of course) shepherd their children, Samantha and August.
Other than Hotwire, the pair own and operate The Shack and Flying Apron, and are silent owners of Havana Social Club. Combined, the couple employ over 50 people in the area. Jeff and Angela are entrenched in (and constantly seeking) new challenges and adventures with the goal of keeping Seattle truly locally owned.
On top of being badass business owners & investors, they are just straight-up awesome people. Jeff and Angela truly care about their employees and customers, and the Hotwire crew absolutely adores them.
MAIA - BARISTA
This is Maia. She’s a teacher, student, barista, animal lover, yogi, adventure seeker, and novice skier. Making coffee got her through college 6 years ago and she’s excited to be back at it again! After graduating from WWU in 2012, she went traveling and was lucky enough to call Costa Rica and Australia home for 6 years, only to find herself back in her true home, the PNW. You’ll find her most days surrounded by energetic kindergarteners and 1st graders at a local elementary school, and on the weekends making coffee or exploring Seattle and its beautiful surroundings. She looks forward to meeting you all, having a chat, and becoming part of this community!