DRINK A SEAT
Cutting to the heart of Latin America's sacred spirits, ancient ferments and other drinkables.
grab a seat, grab a drink!
Drink A Seat is an erroneous English translation of toma asiento, Spanish for take a seat. Bearing in mind that the verb tomar also translates as to drink, which led one of my playful Puerto Rican friends to tease; "drink a seat" as she motioned for me to sit down.
Drink A Seat is the result of two decades of work in the beverage industry as a bartender, a distiller, and a tequila tour guide coupled with an affinity for the study of Latin American cinema, literature, history, and the Spanish language for even longer.
Latin America is peppered with heritage beverage producers throughout, what on earth could be more exhilarating than exploring the region through the lens of beverage?
A liquid ethnography!
It is long overdue that we pass the microphone and listen to the legacy of these ancient drinks from the mouths of the producers in an effort to hear new narratives and center voices that have historically been silenced.
In addition to amplifying producer voices, Drink A Seat is advocating for supply chain justice, environmental and cultural sustainability, and hearing new perspectives on the old storylines.
Grab a drink, drink a seat as we cut to the heart of liquid Latin America.
My name is Kami. I'm a forever student of Latin America, a hospitality veteran, a drinks champion, and I have been living between Peru, Mexico, and most recently NYC, since 2015.
I am a master's candidate in the Food Studies program at NYU in the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development.
In 2016, I became an owning partner of a Peruvian Pisco brand called PiscoLogía. I manage marketing and outreach for our all lady owned brand. You can check us out at our website www.piscologia.com and on social media.
Also in 2016, I learned to distill with my business partner in Peru and at a Cañazo distillery in Cusco called Destilería Andina. During my time there I learned the art of prioritizing for a production schedule and spent much of my time blending batches and experimenting with aging and macerating.
2016 was a big year for me, I moved to Mexico to work as a tour coordinator for Experience Agave, a professional tour outfit specializing in educational Tequila, Mezcal, and Raicilla tours.
Drink A Seat is born from over 15 years working as a bartender, distiller, and drink specialist combined with a profound love for Latin America and the desire to see more equity in the world.