Kari Temkin

My day job is Badgers Volunteers Coordinator for the Morgridge Center for Public Service at UW Madison.

The Morgridge Center for Public Service connects campus and community through service and learning. Badger Volunteers is a large-scale volunteer program where students sign up to volunteer on a team at the same nonprofit for the duration of the semester. Last semester, we had over 80 community partners and over 800 students in the program serving in the areas of education, sustainability and public health.

My most memorable caffeine would be on the trail: camping, waking up and coming out of your dewy tent, lighting your camp stove. Just the whole process of making coffee in such a beautiful setting. I love the combined smells of pine and coffee.

 My current caffeine of choice is a pour-over at the Johnson Public House.

My favorite place for caffeine is the Colectivo on Monroe Street.

The person I’d love to share a cup of caffeine with is my Nana—who’s been my best friend since she cut my umbilical cord—and loves me unconditionally (though she’d have to drink decaf because, as she always reminds me “It still has caffeine!”) and FDR. I agree with his ideas and programs and I’d like to sit down and talk with him—especially in this political climate.

World problem that could be solved with the right amount of caffeine:  our struggle to find common ground. Connections and communication are critical to our efforts to understand one another and would go a long way toward alleviating the hate so common in our society. And “getting proximate”—being in the same physical space, which is an idea I first heard about from Bryan Stevenson, the author of Just Mercy—over a cup of coffee could help broaden our perspectives.