Marco Mandujano: I’m the Corporate Barista at the Vital Proteins office in Chicago. We have a cafe located inside the office where I get to serve a variety of coffee drinks and smoothies to our employees. I love being able to get creative and make new recipes. It's also a great feeling making people smile when you make their coffee. With our office currently being closed because of COVID, I’ve been working with the Social Influencer/Engagement team. It’s been a great experience getting to learn other parts of the business.
MM: Since I’m not getting up as early to get to the office, I'm normally making a pour over coffee using our very own coffee Vital Coffee Roasters. I also like to get some type of sunshine in the morning, even if it's 10-15 minutes (your eyes need light to help set your body’s internal clock.) Early morning sunlight in particular seems to help me get to sleep at night.
MM: I feel like I get the best inspiration on projects or tasks I’m working on when I’m riding my bike or going on walks. I feel like it helps me wake up my brain and gives me time to think of ideas.
MM: The last couple of months for lunch I’ve been eating from a meal prep company based in Chicago (My Mighty Meals). I told myself I would only try it out for a short while but I’ve been loving the results. I still love to whip up a big tasty meal, I don’t want to completely lose the art of cooking.
MM: If I feel like I'm hitting an afternoon slump, I’ll typically put on some music. Putting on some rock music definitely helps. Otherwise a double espresso always does the trick.
MM: I recently took up cycling and I didn’t realize how much I would end up loving it. I plan on doing my first trail triathlon in 2021. Some of my favorite routes to ride in the city are up and down the lakeshore and the 606 path. It’s a great way to get some fitness in and take a break from technology. Plus you can get some great views of the city where you can’t normally get to when you’re riding in a car. I also have picked up playing the guitar again and bought a few books. (I'm currently reading 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos by Jordan Peterson.)
Favorite Podcast? Jocko Podcast
Favorite Workout? CrossFit
Binge-Worthy Show? Tiger King
Favorite Vital Proteins Product? Beef Liver