Terry Darcy is a co-founder of Confluence Coffee. With a background in neuroscience and biochemistry, his experimentation has developed a unique brewing method and signature recipes. Though he recently moved to Manchester, he’s in D.C. all the time since the company operates out of Union Kitchen. Check out what he’s up to in the city:
What’s a typical day for you?
I wake up early, meditate, get ready and then have breakfast–usually granola and a coffee or I’ll go to a coffee shop or bakery to grab a pastry. Then I review my to do list and highlight the three or four most important tasks to get done (I’m constantly keeping to do lists to keep everything organized!). I don’t like to answer email first thing in the morning so I’ll do a few tasks I have to get done and then check email. Late morning will be spent running business errands, picking up supply orders and delivering product, etc. I’ll hop back on email in the afternoon and tie up any loose ends or tasks that I have to do such as placing supply orders and usually at least one phone call (often many more!). At that time I’ll usually spend some time doing research as we’re always experimenting with flavors and potential process improvements.
After that I’ll do any more work errands and I’ll try to wrap up by 6:30pm (though often that doesn’t work out). I’ll break for a run or workout (running whenever it’s nice out!) and make or grab dinner with friends (I try to schedule at least two or three dinners a week as nice down time) or do personal errands if I have any. If I have any work to finish up I’ll do it after dinner and then relax, trying to get outside whenever possible. And I always read at least a few pages of a good book before bed.
What or who is your biggest influence?
My parents definitely always inspired me and encouraged me to pursue whatever I wanted and believed in so definitely them. More recently I’ve take a lot of inspiration from Ed Catmull after reading Creativity, Inc.
What is your biggest DC pet peeve?
The metro really needs to run later and more frequently on weekends!
Favorite music artist of all time?
Favorite DC haunt?
The Board Room in DuPont. Good beer and board games, what could be better? Can spend hours there!
What’s your favorite thing to do on a Sunday afternoon?
When not brewing coffee I like to change it up and experience new things in the city. Definitely a walk and lunch outside if possible.
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
If you couldn’t be a…, what would you be?
I actually turned down medical school to brew coffee so definitely a doctor, either emergency medicine or surgery. I also think being a commercial airline pilot would be awesome as I love flights!
Top three favorite movies?
Name five people, alive or dead, you’d love to invite to a dinner party
– I’m going to go with famous people rather than family members. Definitely Jack Kerouac and John Steinbeck, they’re my favorite authors and I think would make for interesting company. Nelson Mandela since I find him very inspirational and would love to talk to him. Plus I’m fairly certain he’d be a great dinner guest (not so sure about Kerouac so I need to balance the party out). Walt Disney since I find him inspirational and Will Ferrell for humor. I think that would be an interesting group! If there’s room for a sixth then definitely Anthony Bourdain, I love his writing and shows and think he’d be a fun guy to eat and drink with.
Most embarrassing moment?
Just recently I sat at the wrong table for a dinner meeting and jumped right into conversation asking questions about technical aspects of commercial brewing equipment… Only to realize I was at the wrong table and my current company had no idea what I was talking about. I promptly found the right table though!