Article Written by Stephen Bell – Marketing/Development @coffeescreative
At Coffeeshop Creative we are not only passionate about designing and developing a unique web presence for our clients, but also sharing our love of the Toronto coffee scene and those who are inspired by, or work in it. Today we launch a new series of blogs –Coffee & Those Who Love it. Today’s feature – operatic and concert tenor as well as coffee aficionado, Adam Dyjach. Whether from your home or on the go grab your favourite cup of java, and get to know a little about this talented and charismatic singer!
Adam Dyjach- Tenor
Tell us a little about yourself?
Greetings! I’m a professional singer and voice teacher living in Victoria, BC. When I’m not performing or teaching you can find me most mornings at Starbucks as a Barista and most recently a Coffee Master. Essentially as part of my job I get to learn more about coffee and share my passion for it with others. How does it get any better than that? There are three things I’m very passionate about in life: Music, cooking and most of all coffee
The Dyjach Home Setup- Coffee Anyone?
Singing and coffee- how does your love for each of these crafts benefit the other?
Working in a coffee shop I interact with a lot of people on a day to day basis. Some are regular customers whom I’ve gotten to know over the years. A lot of them know I’m a singer and ask me how my music is going but many are unfamiliar faces stopping by on their way to work. Getting to talk with new people every day has really helped me with my self confidence. Coffee shops are a great place for people to meet, study or simply relax and escape from the outside world for a brief moment. When I was in school I was always very shy and soft spoken. I wasn’t very good at starting conversations but now I absolutely love meeting new people. In today’s day and age it is so important to network and promote oneself regardless of what field you are in. Music and the Arts are no different. I really believe in the importance of making a good first impression. Working in a coffee shop has allowed me to hone the art of conversation. Not to mention I’ve met so many wonderful people and am proud to call them my friends. I love the fact that you never know who might walk through the door at any given time. Just like during a performance, you never know who might be in the audience.
Adam on stage in Fear No Opera’s – L’Italiana in Londra
What singing engagements are on the horizon?
In November I am performing with a group called Bach on the Rock on Salt Spring Island as the Tenor Soloist in Bach’s Cantata No. 40 as well as Handel’s Chandos Anthem No. 9 O Praise the lord with one consent. The Christmas season is often a busy time of year for me. I will be performing Handel’s Messiah for a total of about 5 or 6 performances with a number of different groups on Vancouver Island the mainland.
The Dyjach Home Setup- Coffee Anyone?
Are you interested in creating an independent coffee shop & favourite type or style of the golden brew?
I think someday it would be really fun to own a coffeeshop. Perhaps it would have a music theme to it and it could even hire musicians as staff. What would it take for it to be the local place for musicians and artist to all hang out? It could even feature performances by students, upcoming artists and professionals. I think that public performances or “flash mobs” are an excellent way to get people excited about classical music. I have no idea where I will be in 5 years from now but it would definitely be a neat idea!
People who know me know that I don’t really like sugary coffee drinks. They are nice every once in a while as a treat but I really just enjoy a cup of strong black coffee. The darker the roast the better. I also really love espresso and americanos. More recently I’ve been getting into Cold Brew coffee which is a brewing method that relies on time rather than heat to extract the coffee. Coffee grounds are steeped for anywhere between 18-36 hours resulting in a very smooth, rich and concentrated coffee. This is different from iced coffee which is just traditional coffee brewed hot and then chilled. I would probably say that cold brew is my favourite type of coffee because it is much less acidic due to the brewing method. It’s also really easy to do at home with a french press or even a mason jar and a filter.