Robbie

Name: Robbie Dalgetty
Role: Absolute Roaster/Coffee Tech
Coffee order: Always black. My favourite is 4 shots, over ice.
Intake: 3 in the morning, 1 with lunch, 2 in the afternoon, so 6… is that bad?

My name is Robbie, and I hail from a small mining town on the outskirts of Edinburgh. Growing up, I idolised my favourite characters from the TV shows I watched. Influenced by Rachel Green from Friends, I got a job in a coffee shop. That was eight years ago! I then moved to Aberdeen for university where I studied Public Relations (this time influenced by Edina Monsoon from Absolutely Fabulous - as you can tell I’m a very serious individual) but I always had a job as a barista. When I graduated, I did a lot of travelling. I got hands-on experience in Indonesian and Vietnamese coffee plantations. I lived in Australia for a while where I got seriously schooled on coffee culture and got to bring some cool stuff I learned there, back here. Since I returned to Sunny Scotland, I’ve worked in independent cafes in Glasgow, but now I’m an absolute roaster!

All us Ovenbirds are roasters, so that’s part of it, but I’m focusing more on machine engineering. Taking care of our clients equipment is a huge part of what we do, which is why I’m currently shadowing Davide, the Coffee Jedi Master, learning how coffee machines work and how to fix them.

Ever since I got my first job as a barista, back in 2010, espresso machines amazed me. I love how timeless they are, and after using them everyday for so long, I was desperate to really understand how they work and how to keep them working for a long time. It probably helps that I’m an analog human in a digital world - pipes, boilers, nuts and bolts make far more sense to me!