Liza Whitacre, you will be missed.

not too near coffee discussion, or dated posts

Liza Whitacre, you will be missed.

Postby scottlucey on Wed Oct 21, 2009 5:09 pm

The coffee community lost a passionate barista trainer from Metropolis Coffee in Chicago today in a fatal bicycle accident.

Image

I had the pleasure to formally meet Liza and Kelly (whom I stole this photo from, thanks Nishka) a short while ago, a few weeks before Coffee Talk, the Madcap/Grand Rapids jam. I was struck enough by Liza's excitement to be the official trainer at Metropolis to have a hard time not posting something to call awareness. I know Liza walked away from the Madcap jam electrified with vision and ideas to take home to Metroplis - hers will be hard shoes to fill.

From the coffee community to friends, family,
Coffee Love
scott lucey
flickr
Milwaukee WI
scottlucey
 
Posts: 243
Joined: Mon Apr 10, 2006 5:37 am
Location: Milwaukee
full name: Scott Lucey
company: Colectivo Coffee
: www.colectivocoffee.com

Re: Liza Whitacre, you will be missed.

Postby stevekessler on Wed Oct 21, 2009 5:16 pm

Tragic news indeed. I met Liza a month ago when she came to visit us. She was dedicated and passionate about the industry she loved. She will be greatly missed, and our thoughts and prayers go out to her family and friends.
If coffee is a passion, then you have a mission. If coffee is just coffee, then all you have is a job.
stevekessler
 
Posts: 11
Joined: Fri May 15, 2009 3:59 am
Location: Milwaukee, WI
full name: Steve Kessler
company: Anodyne Coffee Roasting Company
: www.anodynecoffee.com

Re: Liza Whitacre, you will be missed.

Postby Christopher Schooley on Wed Oct 21, 2009 5:56 pm

Liza was an amazing person with so much energy and passion for everything that she did. She will most definitely be missed. My family and I were absolutely crushed by this news about such a wonderful girl.
http://www.coffeeshrub.com
Armed to the teeth with secret words
Christopher Schooley
 
Posts: 165
Joined: Tue Apr 24, 2007 6:25 am
Location: Fort Collins, Colorado
full name: Christopher Schooley
company: Coffee Shrub
: www.coffeeshrub.com

Re: Liza Whitacre, you will be missed.

Postby Jeff Givens on Wed Oct 21, 2009 9:12 pm

Such sad news. My thoughts are with Liza's family and friends and the folks at Metropolis.
Jeff Givens
 
Posts: 315
Joined: Thu Dec 01, 2005 9:20 pm
Location: Maryland
full name: Jeff Givens
company: Southern Skies Coffee Roasters

Re: Liza Whitacre, you will be missed.

Postby Alistair Durie on Wed Oct 21, 2009 9:18 pm

I received an email from Lisa just yesterday inquiring about training techniques and applying for membership here. Such tragic news, just shakes me up, I am so sorry for this loss.
Alistair Durie
Elysian Coffee | photos | tweets
Alistair Durie
admin
 
Posts: 1002
Joined: Sun Aug 15, 2004 1:59 am
Location: Vancouver Canada
full name: Alistair Durie
company: Elysian Coffee
: www.elysiancoffee.com
: www.coffeed.com

Re: Liza Whitacre, you will be missed.

Postby JaanusSavisto on Wed Oct 21, 2009 10:42 pm

Rest in peace. Such sad news
Caffeine. My drug of choice.
Jaanus Savisto
Tallinn, Estonia
JaanusSavisto
 
Posts: 95
Joined: Sat May 27, 2006 9:24 am
Location: Estonia
full name: Jaanus Savisto
company: OY Infomelton

Re: Liza Whitacre, you will be missed.

Postby Deferio on Thu Oct 22, 2009 1:20 am

Just heard about this...so incredibly heart breaking.
I just met Liza at the Coffee Talk event. She really stood out with her energy and inspiring personality.
All of us in Muncie will be praying for her family and friends.

-Chris
Chris Deferio

Shop Operations
Sunergos Coffee
Louisville, KY
Deferio
 
Posts: 281
Joined: Sun Jul 03, 2005 11:44 am
Location: Louisville, KY
full name: Chris Deferio
company: Sunergos Coffee
: www.Sunergoscoffee.com
: www.defurious.wordpress.com

Re: Liza Whitacre, you will be missed.

Postby sutono on Thu Oct 22, 2009 8:30 am

We are reeling from this loss. Anyone who spent time with Liza, any one who brushed her life had that glow rub off on them. She was so special, and we will pass on your warm thoughts and condolences to her family and friends. We are such a family, and we feel as though we lost our little sister. The one who is always there, who wants to be a part of everything. The one who did better than you on your math test, but never rubbed it in.

If you would like to write any thoughts or memories on a card, we are more than happy to pass them on to her family. Please send them:

Metropolis Coffee Company
Attention: Liza Whitacre
5545 N. Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60640
Attachments
Liza.jpg
Liza Whitacre, about 2 months before she died. She was showing off her new tattoo - the image of the coffee tree comes from Dr. Illy's book, which Liza read almost unbelievably in 2 days
Tony
Metropolis Coffee Company
Chicago
sutono
 
Posts: 169
Joined: Sun Apr 16, 2006 5:09 pm
Location: Chicago

Re: Liza Whitacre, you will be missed.

Postby terry on Fri Oct 23, 2009 8:39 pm

With a daughter who is 19 and a working Barista, this hits home in many ways. I can only imagine the devastation this brings to Liza's family. My heart goes out to her friends and family.
Terry Z
Espressoparts.com
Olympiacoffee.com
terry
 
Posts: 211
Joined: Fri Jun 24, 2005 3:35 pm
Location: olympia, wa

Re: Liza Whitacre, you will be missed.

Postby sutono on Sat Oct 24, 2009 1:36 pm

Today, Zach and Susan from New Wave Cafe, Kristin Marks, and Billy Frain from Espresso Partners, and a guy from Beans and Bagels whose name i forget (sorry), manned our cafe for 5 super busy hours so that Metropolis could go to Liza's funeral as a family. I wanted to say thank you for the solid. We will never forget your kindness.
Tony
Metropolis Coffee Company
Chicago
sutono
 
Posts: 169
Joined: Sun Apr 16, 2006 5:09 pm
Location: Chicago

Re: Liza Whitacre, you will be missed.

Postby zacharycarlsen on Sun Oct 25, 2009 6:43 pm

sutono wrote:Today, Zach and Susan from New Wave Cafe, Kristin Marks, and Billy Frain from Espresso Partners, and a guy from Beans and Bagels whose name i forget (sorry), manned our cafe for 5 super busy hours so that Metropolis could go to Liza's funeral as a family. I wanted to say thank you for the solid. We will never forget your kindness.


:cry:

my heart goes out to liza's family and friends and barista family at metropolis.


zachary
Zachary Carlsen
stumptown seattle
http://sprudge.com
zacharycarlsen
 
Posts: 62
Joined: Thu Jul 27, 2006 7:25 am
Location: Portland
full name: Zachary Carlsen
company: Sprudge

Re: Liza Whitacre, you will be missed.

Postby xristrettox on Sun Oct 25, 2009 9:20 pm

We, at Barista, are so sorry for the family's loss.
Billy Wilson
Portland, Oregon
xristrettox
 
Posts: 481
Joined: Fri Jun 24, 2005 3:21 pm
Location: Portland, OR
full name: Billy Wilson
company: BARISTA

Re: Liza Whitacre, you will be missed.

Postby gabelucas on Wed Oct 28, 2009 8:29 pm

All of our thoughts and prayers go out to her family and friends. I am so sorry to hear of this.
Gabriel Boscana
Director of Coffee and co-founder
Paramo Coffee Roasters
San Francisco, CA
gabelucas
 
Posts: 170
Joined: Wed Aug 31, 2005 11:47 pm
Location: Bay Area, California
full name: Gabriel Boscana
company: Paramo Coffee Roasters

Re: Liza Whitacre, you will be missed.

Postby Edwin Martinez on Thu Oct 29, 2009 12:23 am

Heart breaking....

May God give peace to her family and loved ones in this time of mourning.
Edwin D. Martinez
Edwin Martinez
 
Posts: 157
Joined: Thu Oct 27, 2005 6:40 pm
Location: Bellingham,WA/Guatemala

Re: Liza Whitacre, you will be missed.

Postby Aldo1 on Thu Oct 29, 2009 6:26 am

Oh no, how heartbreaking. I am so sorry for the loss of your friend. My condolences to all of her friends and family. May she rest in peace. Very nice on covering the cafe for them, folks, what a great bunch of people.
Melanie
Managing Owner, Aldo Coffee Co.
Pittsburgh, PA
Aldo1
 
Posts: 144
Joined: Mon Jun 05, 2006 8:37 am
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
full name: Melanie Westlerfield
company: Aldo Coffee Company
: http://www.aldocoffee.com


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Yahoo [Bot] and 1 guest