Carthaigh (kar-thay): The Loving One
My name is Andrew McCarthy and I have been working in the specialty coffee business since 2011. I started as a member-manager of the Student Co-Op at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon. My journey led me to Brooklyn, where I honed my skills as a barista, educator, manager, and technician. The cafe and its services are a culmination of these experiences I've had working as well as enjoying coffee on my travels around the world.
The name "Carthaigh" come from the Irish in my Polish, Irish, and English ancestry. "Mc-Carthy" means "Son of - Carthach", which translates to "The Loving One". The stag profile logo is an adaptation of the stag from my family's coat of arms- incorporating the meaning of the name as well as honoring its symbolism of peace, harmony, strength, and fortitude.
"Forti et Fideli Nihil Dificile"
"To the brave and faithful, nothing is difficult"
Owning a cafe has been a dream of mine for many years.
I grew up in New York and New Jersey, and attended school in Connecticut, Montana, Massachusetts and Oregon. I am relieved and proud in coming back to my family's first home- to engage with and help build a community of dreamers, radicals and revolutionaries.
I eagerly look forward to meeting you and swapping stories about love, coffee, and a better world over some delicious espresso, filter coffees, and tasty treats.