Fellow Journeywoman: Lee Helme


If you could leave a message in a bottle (a very small message in a very small bottle), how would you introduce yourself?

A small message is always a challenge, as I love words and writing and tend towards long-windedness. Other things I love are ballet, dogs on the promenade, Pride and Prejudice, peanut butter and, of course, coffee (though this list is not exhaustive).

What is your coffee-making ritual?

At work I’m fortunate to have access to the Great La Marzocco machine (apparently a piece of equipment that costs more than my car) which delivers me a beautiful espresso and perfectly steamed milk every morning. At home it’s the good old stove-top (Bialetti rip-off) and microwaved milk.

If you could only drink one coffee origin for the rest of your life, what would it be and what do you enjoy about it?

It would have to be Ethiopian Harrar. The reason is two-fold – firstly, I love its strong mocha flavour, and secondly, I love the name – it sounds so jovial.

Tasty treat with your coffee or pure, straight-up and solo?

Most of the time it’s solo, but now and then a treat is in order – a good soft brioche with nutella can’t go wrong. But it has to be cold outside.

At Legado we are inspired by the pioneers and explorers of old, breaking open new frontiers & changing landscapes. If you were one day pondered upon as such a character in history, what would you like to be remembered for?

I would like to be remembered for redefining what is truly valuable (Clue: I don’t think it’s a Rolex). While that is a rather broad statement, it starts with looking for the potential in people and places and notions that have been popularly written off or never really regarded in the first place. It’s how I like to think God views the hardest of criminals and weakest of children. I’d also like to be remembered for perfecting “the fern” when pouring my micro-foam.

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