The Staff

The Staff


Hi! Welcome to Barista’s Daily Grind. I’m so happy you stopped by to check out our menu, meet our staff and see all the exciting things we have to offer! I have worked with Barista’s since it began, and I feel so honored to have been a part of its development and growth over the last 15 years. It’s been a wonderful privilege to serve the Kearney Community, and we are so grateful to all the loyal customers who have made us so successful over the years. I truly believe that we have the very best product and production of coffee in the Midwest, and I hope we have an opportunity to serve you and show you why “our business is people, and our passion is greatness.” My favorite drink is a classic Americano with some sugar in the raw and a little cream. I can’t wait to meet you in the shop, and I hope you feel all of our Pure Customer Love!


Hey, I am Edgar or Eddy. I’m from Lincoln Nebraska and graduated from Lincoln North Star (Go Gators!). I came to Kearney to attend UNK. I was impressed with the ‘family like atmosphere’ that Barista’s has, so I am fortunate to have been accepted to the team. I look forward to working on and developing the art of being a Great Barista. My go to drink is some good-ole Iced Tea (very little to no ice-I do take coffee with a bit of cream, always ;)), but when I’m feeling a sweet tooth I get a medium 2 shot dirty spiced chai with almond milk.


Hello, my name is James! I started out as a customer coming to BDG almost every day, without knowing I would someday be working here. All I can say it is the best job I have ever had, pushing me to not only learn how to make great coffee, but become a better person. I started out drinking iced coffee, and I would have to say just a plain iced coffee is still my favorite drink! Although the dirty chai comes at a close second..


Joined the team after being amazed by the quality and passion that BDG has for its product. After working for several years at various coffee shops across the country, I found my second home at BDG. My favorite beverage at BDG is the White Mocha.


Hey everyone, my name is Madalyn! I am born and raised in Kearney and have been working at Baristas for a little over 3 years now, and it has been such an amazing experience. I have loved working here and can’t wait to see where the next year takes me! My favorite drink is an iced honey latte with cinnamon sprinkle and oat milk!


WHAT UP PARTY PEOPLE! My name is Nolan. I’m from Omaha, Nebraska. My favorite part about clocking into work is getting to see our valued customers. It’s a coffee shop with open doors and friendly smiles; always a jollification. My favorite drinks lately have been an iced americano and a cherry almond creamosa! 


Hi! My name is Zoë Ritz and I’m from Comstock Nebraska – a tiny town of 111 people! I’m currently going to UNK and majoring in business and minoring in accounting. I came to baristas all the time during my freshman year and fell in love with everything that they had to offer. The relaxing environment, friendly faces, and delicious coffee can always make your day a little bit better. Currently, my go to drink is a cup of Colonel Fitz.


Hi everyone, I’m Keegan! I am from Pleasanton, Nebraska and have been working at BDG for almost 3 years now. I am majoring in Elementary Education at UNK and will be student teaching soon! Not only do I love all the customers at BDG, but our family work environment is something I love and am so thankful for! My favorite drink is always our Cup Of Coa! 


Hi!! My name is Shelby and I’m from Omaha. Coming to college I was scared I wouldn’t be able to find a place that feels like home but that’s exactly how it feels every time I walk into Barista’s. Two of my favorite drinks are a honey almond steamer and an everyone’s favorite cookie chai!


My name is Kait! I attend college at UNK after graduation I plan on getting my real estate license. In my free time I enjoy working out and hanging out with my friends. My go to drink at baristas is a simple iced black coffee. 


Hi guys! My name is Lily, I was born and raised in Hershey, Nebraska, a super small town in western Nebraska. I am studying political science right now hoping to attend law school! I came to Kearney excited to meet my people & BDG has definitely played a huge part in giving me that. My favorite drink is either a mango smoothie or raspberry mango Italian soda!


Hey y’all! I’m Miranda. I love coffee, music, and meeting new people. I’m a college student, but honestly have no idea what I’m doing. What I do know is that I love BDG with my whole entire heart and love serving my community with coffee and a little conversation!


Hey! I’m Allie! I started at baristas as a customer coming in with my sisters in grade school and never thought I’d end up actually working here. It is by far the best thing I’ve ever been apart of! I’ve learned many new skills and an appreciation for coffee. When I first started working for BDG my go too was a vanilla chai (which I still love), but my favorite drink lately is a cold brew with oat milk and salted caramel!


Hello! My name is Jayden! I am currently studying at UNK getting my degree in Education hoping to teach in Kearney some day!  One of my favorite drinks at baristas is a dirty chai!


How you doing? My name is Kevin, I’m from Lincoln, Nebraska. BDG is more like a family then a local business. Here at BDG we grow as individuals as well as together. I’m not a coffee guy yet, so the best drinks in my opinion are the peach stinger and the espresso shake.


Hi, I’m Bethany! I am from Columbus, Ne and currently studying both English and Ministry. After working in the coffee industry for a few year, I found myself a home here at BDG. I love the atmosphere of friendship, community and consistent profess that this job grants me. You might not see me behind the bar for a while for I am moving to Florida soon to attend the Disney College Program. Don’t worry, I’ll be back soon! 🙂


Hi! My name is Summer! Born and raised in Kearney! I’m currently attending UNK as a business major and always loved the environment at BDG! I have to say it’s the best job ever! My go-to drinks have to be an americano or a cherry almond cremosa.


Hey guys! My name is Gabe and I’m from a small town in Western Nebraska called Mitchell. I started coming to Barista’s for the iced blueberry chai. I joined the BDG family because of the amazing atmosphere! My favorite thing about working here is being able to jam out while making your favorite drink!


Hey friends, my name is Lizzi (with an i). I’m from Cairo originally and came to Kearney after transferring from UNO to study Social Work. I love that I will be able to help people overcome their hardships and live their best lives. I love the environment Baristas has to offer not only the customers, but the staff as well. My favorite drink is definitely the cold brew with caramel and cream or white mochas with any flavor, I love trying new things. Anyone as obsessed with white mochas as I am, come see me if you want to switch it up!


Hey everyone, my name is Jesse! I’m originally from Lincoln but came to Kearney to study at UNK to be a CPA (if you need an accountant… let me know). I loved how Baristas was so welcoming, it feels like a home away from home. Absolutely love the smoothies here but when I’m feeling like stimulating my flavor palate, the vanilla chai with blueberry syrup and oat milk always does the trick!


Hi my name is Isaiah! I’m originally from California, but my family moved here for better job opportunities. I have been here a short time but am already loving the staff, customers, and atmosphere. As an avid coffee drinker, Baristas is the perfect place for me. My favorite drink is the hot matcha. You should definitely get yours hand on it!


My name is Izzy and I was born in Kearney, but grew up in Beatrice. I’m a student at UNK and I’m studying health science with a minor in psychology. My favorite drink currently is a Snickers Jamo!