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Eric, the barista
My favorite coffeehouse in Charlottesville is a place called the Mudhouse, both because of the quality of the coffee and decor. They take their coffee seriously, so I was surprised to see that they had a table set up on the sidewalk across the street from the City Market. It turns out that they were making handcrafted cups of coffee, one at a time, with hot water and a filter holder. The coolest thing about it was that they are committed to cutting down on paper waste, so they were serving their coffee in honest to goodness coffee mugs. You pay for the mug and the coffee, and if you bring the cup back after you’re done, they give you a refund. If not, you just bought yourself a nice Mudhouse mug and had a good cup of coffee to boot. Eric was one of the baristas making coffee, and he’s served me before. He’s quite friendly and was more than willing to let me make a portrait when I explained my project to him. And the coffee was darned good, too!
Charlottesville City Market in Charlottesville, VA