The Early Birds

To ensure our morning essentials are ready when we are, this crew starts working before the sun’s up


theessentials_masa_tThe Roast Master
Rafael Aguiar, Coffee Roaster at Jones Coffee Roasters, Pasadena
Clock in: 5:30 a.m.
“I enjoy waking up early. The time goes fast—by the time you look at the clock, it’s two. I used to work so many hours that I had to stay wired with coffee. Now I drink it because I love it.” 


theessentials_masa_tThe Flour Girl
Barbara Monderine, Pastry Chef-Owner at the Village Bakery and Cafe, Atwater Village
Clock in: 4:30 a.m.
“Everything has to be baked by 6:30 a.m. It’s hard to be grumpy when you’re hit with the smell of baking bread. I’m so used to it that if I can stay in bed until six or seven, I feel like I’m at the Four Seasons.” 


theessentials_masa_tThe Film Feeder
Dave Bullen, Chef-Owner at Smoothies Craft Service and Catering
Clock in: 5 a.m.
“My business serves breakfast to movie and commercial crews, and we have to get up at hellish hours to get everything ready. But there’s something nice about being up while everyone is still in bed: You can beat the traffic.” 


Photographs by Misha Gravenor

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