If you have been to our Shaman Bermondsey location it’s likely that you will have had a coffee made by Elvis, and you no doubt would have noticed that he is always full of positivity. Elvis has been with the Shaman family since late August and since then has been an invaluable part of the team.
Get to know Elvis a little better below, in our interview with the Bermondsey Manager, and next time you’re at Shaman don’t hesitate to say hello.
Where are you from?
I am from Romania, from a city called Drobeta Turnu-Severin. It is a city with Roman roots and numerous monuments testifying to its multicultural past, on the Danube river, below the famous Iron Gate Gorge. The city was founded by the Romans in a place where there was a convenient crossing over the Danube, the longest bridge in the Roman Empire was built here.
What is your favourite thing about London?
Diversity and multiculturalism. London may be the capital city of England, but it is also one of the most multicultural cities in the world. As a matter of fact, one-third of all Londoners are foreign-born, and over 200 languages are spoken throughout its many streets and neighbourhoods.
What has been the biggest challenge you have faced this year? (Covid-19 aside)
To truly understand the meaning of the words John Lennon wrote for his son, Sean, in the song “Beautiful boy”: “Life is what happens to you, / While you’re busy making other plans”. In other words, while you are planning ahead, time is passing, life is happening, life could be passing you by…
What’s your go to coffee order when you go out?
It depends on my mood, but usually a latte, an americano or a cortado.
What do you love most about managing Shaman?
Working with amazing, energetic and enthusiast people, like my staff, the owners and the hotel management, and having great customers. It’s a family-like feeling, people genuinely love us and share our passion for amazing coffee and delicious food.
Lasty, what’s your New Years resolution? (If you have one)
Eat, pray, love… and drink good coffee.