Meet the Team

Ash

Hey I’m Ash, first of all, thanks for reading about all of us here at Rinaldo’s.  

I’m incredibly passionate about speciality coffee, especially, behind the scenes, sourcing incredible coffee from great people, with amazing stories, from all over the world. I love working with our importers and finding the next best
brew for you. Most people don’t realise how seasonal coffee actually is!

I was born in Reading but grew up in Penrith, before eventually making my way down to study film production at Kendal College in 2015, where I won an award for my final film, "The Tale of Little Red".
After leaving college and moving temporarily to London – the Lakes continued to call me and I can now happily call Kendal, my home.

Outside of life at the Lakeland Food Park, I have numerous hobbies and passions; you can usually find me at Fell CrossFit or developing my
passion of trail running and outdoor adventuring, usually with my Belgian
Malinois, Arlo. In my other spare time, I also enjoy cooking and baking
sourdough, experimenting with new styles and paying credit to my British and Sardinian roots. I am also a big sci-fi fan, especially of my childhood
favourite, Star Wars.

If you were to quiz me on my preferences of brewing coffee and
tea, I’d have to answer Ceylon for tea, with a splash of oat milk. Coffee is a little more complicated; I usually prefer something a bit fruity through a V60, typically African based – however, with more interesting processing methods, increasing sweetness, I’m starting to see a different pattern on preference
for me. I am also partial to an oat milk piccolo or flat white.

Looking forward to meeting you at our roastery to talk all things
coffee and culture.

Emily

Hey I'm Emily, I know what you're thinking another Emily! Unlike Rin and Ash I'm no expert on coffee or tea but love drinking both. I'm so happy to be part of the team, learning about great coffee in a beautiful part of the world.

Originally from Wigan, I moved to the Lakes in 2015 to start studying Outdoor Adventure and Environment in Ambleside. I loved the place so much after my studies I decided to stay, now after 7 years it feels like home and find it hard to imagine ever leaving.

Out of work you will most likely find me in the water wild swimming, yes I am one of them crazy folk who throws themselves into the water all year round. I've found my tribe through swimming, though you may think I'm mad I would always say to anyone who hasn't tried it to go for it - you won't regret it!

I love art, listening to live music, cooking in the outdoors or baking cakes to share with friends by the lake. In any spare
time I'm tackling my allotment which was a jungle just a few months ago, but is slowly starting to take shape.

Everyone is so friendly at Rinaldo's, both the team and customers, I can't wait to meet more of you lovely lot! I'm always up for a chat over coffee, see you soon! 

Rin(aldo)

If you've been certified clinically idiotic, you can read more about how I founded the business at the start of this About section.

I'm a very keen ultra runner, road cyclist (catholic!) and rock climber. I've run a Bob Graham Round on my first attempt, ridden several Fred Whittons, climbed all around the world and run a couple Lakeland100's. As I approach decrepitude, I realise that the greatest pleasures are invariably not necessarily the hardest and that I should perhaps buy a pair of slippers and a cardigan with elbow patches and slow down. But somehow, I simply can't. The most enjoyable outdoor stuff I do is all about the whole package: the landscape, the air, the company.

I love a game of chess, anagrams, museums and art galleries, a fantastic white wine, any music that has a great groove and a lyricist as brilliant as Joni Mitchell. Shakepeare was a genius, so was Leonardo, as are Dr Clio Moonbail and fine artist RJAA. The Moth is one of the greatest podcasts ever.

When asked once in an interview what was my biggest weakness, I replied the inability to stop myself crossing the street to pet every dog I see. (I didn't get the job).

Through lockdown, my geographically far-flung family, nephews and neices have met every week for a Zoom pub quiz and a catch up, which has been truly wonderful. I once thought of them as hysterically dysfunctional. Now I realise they are dysfunctionally hysterical.

My job is a joy. And I'm truly blessed to have these two wonderful guys working with me.