5 minutes with Catherine Moriarty
PUBLISHED: 10:00 26 September 2016
Catherine Moriarty is The Queen of Caffeine, a mobile barista seen at many Suffolk events
How did your career start?
After leaving school ‘qualification-challenged’, I decided on a secretarial route through college. But I never actually got a job as a secretary. Instead, I ended up in customer service roles, technical based roles, project management, all generally within a corporate environment. My career enabled me to travel the world and I was lucky enough to live in Amsterdam for two years before moving to Suffolk.
How did you become ‘The Queen of Caffeine’?
I had a dream, just a little twinkling of a dream – I literally woke up one day and realised that I had bought Cecil, my handsome Citroen H van. I knew then that I had to either make that dream come true or give up. I guess I’m still working on the dream.
Where would we find The Queen of Caffeine?
So far we’ve had a fantastically busy summer with both public events and private events. One of the events that I very much looking forward to is Classic Cars by the Lake, on September 4 at Hall Farm, Fornham St Martin, just outside Bury St. Edmunds. I’ve been to each of the last four years as a volunteer, so this year it will be very different to watch it all unfold as a trader.
The secret to a good cup of coffee?
In very simple terms, it’s all in the grind. It’s all about setting up the grinder and making sure the water flow is perfect.
What drives you professionally?
Sheer determination to do well, to prove to all who have ever doubted me that I can do whatever I choose to do.
What advice would you give to any young woman hoping to make it into business?
Don’t be put off by anything. There is always more than one way to get the job done, you’ve just got to find the way that works for you.
The best advice you’ve been given?
If you don’t ask, the answer will always be no.
What did you want to be growing up?
I wanted to be a British showjumper. I guess that didn’t quite work out.
Your teenage celebrity crush was . . ?
I adored Harvey Smith.
Camping, glamping or hotel?
None of the above really. Yachting in the middle of the sea completely away from everything.
What makes you happy?
When I’m not bogged down with rules and regulations and feel free. Then I’m happy.
Unkindness towards any living thing.
What is the trait you most deplore in others?
Dishonesty. There is no need.
Your favourite holiday destination is?
The middle of a beautiful ocean.
And your favourite Suffolk hideaway?
There is a lovely shepherd’s hut in a field just outside Lavenham. This is a great place to chill and let the world go by at its own pace. The fortunate thing about this hut is that it is owned by my mum so I can get to go there whenever I choose, no booking necessary.
Were you always health conscious?
Pretty much since I was about 21. It just kicked in and I’ve been challenging myself on the fitness front ever since.
Is it true you run ultra marathons?
I do run ultras, they are such a fantastic challenge. The furthest I ran last year was 45 miles and I still had energy to spare.
Is it as frightening as it sounds?
I think a marathon is much more of a challenge physically because you have to run full tilt the whole way around – or I would. But an ultra, for me, is more about getting my head around the fact that I’ve got to do this running for about 20 or so hours. I know I can physically do it, it’s just a question of whether my head lets me. Let’s face it, most people do a combination of walking and running so it could be classed as a Sunday stroll around a gorgeous part of the country.
How do you find the time to train?
It is, at the moment, one of the hardest things to do, but if I don’t run my mind goes off on tangents that I don’t like. You see my head is very chatty, and it gets full very quickly, so running helps me empty it. It’s no longer a choice, I have to run.
I know you’re passionate about charity, what are you involved in?
I ran all of my running events last year in aid of St Nicholas Hospice Care as it is a charity close to my heart. I think we will all need this at some point in our lives, either for ourselves, family or friends, and they are such a great group of people. One thing that I do like to do is to help the homeless. I try to buy food for anyone that I see out on the streets, but I have to do it quickly or I get upset at the thought of their plight.
Your guilty pleasure is?
Watching a good box set on the television, snuggled under the blanket with my dog. We can do it for a whole day when the mood takes us. w