Behind any good barista is a genuine love of coffee.
That’s what Madison Starbucks barista Autumn Trapp said she loves the most about working at the coffee shop, relating to people who love coffee as much as she does.
Trapp has worked at the Starbucks inside Ingles for nearly two years, but her love affair with coffee began long before accepting the job.
After graduating from Piedmont International University, now Carolina University, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Trapp returned to Madison where her parents are missionaries at Source of Light Ministries International. During her time in Winston-Salem, Trapp could often be found cozied up with a vanilla latte, which she said is plain but always her go-to, in one of the area’s many coffee shops.
“I really have a love for coffee,” Trapp said. “I like to make it. I like to smell it. And I like the joy and comfort it brings to people. Many relationships and friendships are formed over a good cup of coffee.”
Coffee even contributed to meeting her now-fiancé, Devin Scoggins, who drives the Coca-Cola route in Madison. The two first met when Scoggins stopped by the Starbucks after one of his deliveries at Ingles. After establishing some known mutual friendships, Trapp and Scoggins drummed up a conversation about her growing up on the mission field in Kinshasa, Congo.
Autumn’s parents brought her over to the Congo when she was a baby. The couple was in the Congo to set up a Bible school through Source of Light ministries. Trapp said her favorite part of living in Africa was all the culture she experienced-the food, the atmosphere and the traditions.
The Trapp family returned to the U.S. when Autumn was 14. She said the transition to the states was rough.
“It’s a totally different culture,” Trapp said. “And we moved to Alabama, so Africa to Alabama is quite a shock.”
Trapp’s desire is to return to the Congo one day.
“It was my childhood home,” Trapp said. “I’d love to revisit with people I knew and the places I grew up.”
But for now, she’s got her sights set on crafting coffee for customers at Starbucks and planning a wedding amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Scoggins proposed to Trapp on the Fourth of July. The two celebrated the holiday at Scoggins’ homestead with a family barbecue followed by fireworks. After the fireworks exploded in the night sky, Trapp turned around to find Scoggins on his knee asking her to marry him.
Since then, the couple has spent the past month planning a wedding in the pandemic.
Trapp said the process has been a bit challenging when it comes to inviting guests. Currently, most venues have guest limits. Beyond that, Trapp has found it difficult to figure out who would feel comfortable attending the wedding and who wouldn’t based on the current state of COVID-19.
“Other than that, it’s been pretty easy,” Trapp said.
Trapp said her favorite parts of wedding planning have been planning the food and picking out decorations.
“It’s so much fun,” she said.
When asked what she is most looking forward to about getting married, “being able to take care of and love Devin Scoggins for the rest of my life.” She said the fact that she will get to see him every single day is an added bonus.
But for now, the two can typically be found chatting over a Saturday morning breakfast at Mama’s Boy in Athens, attending church together, practicing making latte art or just simply sharing a good cup of coffee.
Who knows, one day the couple could be sharing that cup of coffee with the world as Trapp desires to one day open her own coffee shop.