THE LITTLE DOG TEAM: about us
The Little Dog Coffee Shop is nothing without the skilled staff behind the counter making coffee and good food happen every single day. They show up each morning with one goal in mind: serve great coffee and delicious food. We're pretty fond of the crew and know you are as well. Let's all lift our mugs to these brilliant baristas and gifted bakers.
Behind the counter since May 2010
"Creative, adventurous, independent, quiet but friendly when approached"
Drink of choice: Small Double Americano, or Green Tea Lemonade
First Coffee Memory: "I haven't started drinking coffee until college so the first memory would have to be my dad making tiny cups of coffee for my mom and grandparents, black and really strong, we call them Turkish coffee in the Czech Republic. My family still teases me when I drink coffee that is larger than 6 ounces."
Background Music Playlist: Jazz, maybe Miles Davis with a bit of Nina Simone, Angelique Kidjo, Somi..
Favorite Quote: Vaclav Havel's: "Hope is not the conviction that something will turn out well but the certainty that something makes sense, regardless of how it turns out." No, I am not talking about Little Dog...
Behind the counter since November 2011
"Happy, friendly, caring, and a teeny bit sassy ;)"
Drink of Choice: Straight up hot coffee! For cold i like our mango iced tea .
Favorite Quote: "A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly. You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely." -Roald Dahl
I❤ My Pets: I have 2 dogs, a super sweet lab/whippet mix named Oso, who I fell in love with in Costa Rica and brought him home with me. I also have a quirky Siberian Huskey named Kajsa, who is a total diva and was my husband's dog originally. Can't forget my 2 kitties either, Booda and Lina, who both came from the streets of New York and were rescues.
Behind the counter since January 2014
"I genuinely love people....and chocolate."
Drink of Choice: London Fog, iced tea with lemon or iced coffee
Coffeeshop Background Music Playlist: Odelay by Beck, Armchair Apocrypha by Andrew Bird, Garth Brook's greatest hits, Traveller by Chris Stapleton, the Chicago soundtrack, The Whole Love by Wilco, Peter Paul and Mary 10 Years Together, Southeastern by Jason Isbell, Heretic Pride by The Mountain Goats, music from Muscle Shoals, Rejuvenation by The Meters, OK Computer by Radiohead, Beware by Bonnie Prince Billy
Secret Talent: interpretive dance
Favorite Quote: "Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage" -Anais Nin
Behind the counter since May 2016
"Quirky, Creative, Energetic, Musical, Passionate"
My Menu Recommendations: Definitely the Trail Bars or the Jasmine Green Tea. I also recommend the Iced Mango Black Tea in the summer.
Favorite Quote: “Around here, however, we don't look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things… and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” - Walt Disney
Secret Talent: I'm a classical trained singer. I actually just performed in my first opera. It was awesome.
Coffeeshop Background Music Playlist: I would love to listen to classical music and opera all day...but most people aren't into that. Besides that, I love when we play throwback music from the 90's and early 2000's because it is the music that most of the staff grew up listening to, so everyone gets excited and sings along.
Behind the counter since June 2016
"Compassionate, creative and kind"
Drink of Choice: my favorite hot drink is the chai latte & my favorite cold is the B&W over ice
Coffeeshop Background Music Playlist: Chris Stapleton, Fleetwood Mac, Indigo Girls and Cheryl Wheeler
My Recommendation to Customers: Try a muffin
Your First Job: Here, The Little Dog
My Pet: Lulu the cat; best known for her endearing sweetness
Inspiring Quote: "If it scares you it might be a good thing to try."
Behind the counter since February 2017
"Creative. Anti-establishment. Anxious. Rat lover."
My Recommendation to Customers: Definitely cold brew. I advocate for it constantly because I've been making/drinking cold brew since I started working as a barista.
First Coffee Memory: I cant really remember my first. I've been around/been drinking coffee since I was very young. I guess I do always associate coffee with my mom, though. She introduced me to it as a child (with tons of cream and sugar- like it was literally like candy) and i really grew to love it once I realized it didn't have to taste like ice cream.
Dream Coffeeshop Background Playlist: Old school punk! It's not the right vibe for little dog, but the high energy and unapologetic lyrics are the best at keeping me up and moving.
Pets I Heart: My partner and I had a rat named Pixie Dust, who traveled the country with us. She was the most loving little animal I'd ever met, with a great sassy personality.
Behind the counter since April 2017
Recommended from the Menu: Cuban Beans and Rice Panini
Claim to Fame: I write and record many different genres of original music & have co-written a hip-hop album with a production team from Cape Town, South Africa
Inspiring Quote: "It matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be." -Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Pet Lover: Charlotte the cat and I have a special bond. We are both gingers who are shy and quiet, but who love to cuddle and be lazy together. Charlotte will always come listen to the music I make and sit on my lap while I edit/record. Corrine is the first cat who ever accepted me and we have been friends ever since. Olive enjoys jumping onto my shoulder and I bob her up and down and pat her on the back like a baby. This is called "kushy." Mindy is a soft and gentle old cat, the mother figure to the other cats. She took a while to warm up to me, but we now have a nice relationship and I know her favorite scratch spot: her forehead next to her ears.
Behind the counter since June 2017
Favorites from the Drink Menu: Cortados are definitely my favorite hot drink- I like the balance of milk to espresso so you can still taste the coffee! My favorite cold drink is an iced coconut soy latte!
Dream Coffeeshop Background Music: My friend has a playlist they call "dance for those who can't" and its a mix of anything from The Rolling Stones to M.I.A to the Beatles to Grimes but they all are upbeat and make you wanna move and I think its a great mix that has something for everyone.
Secret Talent: I've been a ballet dancer since I was 4 years old! I majored in dance composition at Bard College where I won the Ana Itelman award for choreography.
Emma van Kampen
Behind the counter since July 2017
"Hardworking, creative, kind, quiet"
Favorite Little Dog Drinks: My favorite hot drink is a classic latte, and my favorite cold drink is a refreshing iced chai.
First Coffee Memory: My first coffee memory is more of a recurrence of memories--waking up every single morning to the rich aroma of coffee but never drinking it until I was older. No matter what, the smell of coffee always makes me feel at home.
Pet o' Mine: My dog's name is Chase, and she's a doberman! Her floppy ears are what make her so adorable, and she loves to cuddle.
Secret Talent: I write novels!
Dream Coffeeshop Background Playlist: 70's pop!
Inspirational Quote: "Qui vivra verra." Translated, "He/she who lives shall see."