Paulie’s Counter Culture – Kevin Mathis

As promised, I am releasing a “resume” of each of my 10 Baristas at Paulie’s, one per week. We have a talented bunch behind our counter, I’d like to share their stories with you all.

This weeks’s subject is one of our most coffee focused baristas, and a bad-ass drummer…



Kevin started with Paulie’s in the Summer of 2012. He is a native Houstonian, born and raised in Cypress. Kevin was home-educated his whole life, graduating in 2009. In his high school years, he acquired his first job at Barnes and Noble Café where he cut his teeth in the service industry. There came his first taste of working behind the counter, and the craft of coffee. He began studying the art of coffee and fell in love with Houston specialty coffee shops. He was fascinated with the idea that coffee could be more than a hot, bitter, black beverage. Coffee can actually be prepared in a way that showcases the nuances and complexity of the beverage.

After high school, Kevin began pursuing a nursing degree at UT Austin. There he began working at Caffe Medici on Guadalupe, across from UT campus. Here he received his first in-depth training in preparing espresso. Kevin slung lattes for little over a year for the caffeine –crazed students of UT. Medici was a high volume shop doing hundreds of covers a day and it put his new skills to the test.

In the spring of 2012, Kevin moved back to his hometown. While in Houston, Kevin was introduced to Paulie’s through Greenway Coffee. Paulie’s gave Kevin the opportunity to continue to hone his barista skills while learning the ins-and-outs of food service. Kevin also took a second job at Blacksmith, and then Greenway Coffee to dial in his coffee skills. Working solely at Paulie’s now, Kevin greatly values everything learned through Blacksmith and Greenway.

When Kevin is not behind the counter he enjoys watching baseball, playing (and watching) golf and playing music. A drummer for eight years, he loves listening to and experiencing different genres of music. From classic country, 60’s psychedelic, garage, jazz, heavy-metal, and hip-hop. He also enjoys cooking and constantly trying new recipes at the house. He’s a beer-nerd, a bocce player, amateur carpenter and a jack-of-all-trades; a renaissance man if you will.

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