The Eternal Optimist: Dez Taylor-Douglas

WRITTEN BY: Equator Coffees

You’ve never met someone as optimistic and positive as Dez Taylor-Douglas. Whether you meet him on a bike, out for a run, or through social media, he radiates positivity. He’s a community leader through his leadership with Midnight Runners SF and an ambassador with San Francisco Running Company. But he doesn’t stop there—if you ever need words of wisdom, we encourage you to give his Instagram account @rundezzyrun a follow!

 

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What do you do for work? 

I help source ingredients for a wide range of companies, from working on the perfect chardonnay all the way to a COVID-19 vaccine/therapeutic. 


What was your first job? 

Working at NASA in the Risk Management Division as an intern in high school.

 

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How did you get into running? 

A friend in middle school convinced me to run track and field instead of basketball, and I never looked back! I kept meeting really fun runners, and they kept on convincing me to run further and further! Funny how I went from 400m to 50 miles, and now training for a 100k. 


What’s your coffee drink of choice?

Soy dirty Chai.


What is the best thing in or about your home? 

The views from our balcony that overlook downtown San Francisco.


Finish this sentence: The coffee I make at home makes me ______.

The coffee I make at home makes me take a dance break.


Where do you go to be alone? 

Out for a run and onto the trails.

 

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What is one thing you can’t live without? 

My husband.


If you could spend the day with anyone living or dead, who would it be and why?

RuPaul Charles, because he is so fun on RuPaul’s Drag Race, and has so much wisdom! 


What has been the most rewarding project of your career? 

Mentoring! I’ve helped over 20 people transition from post-doctoral programs into their first industry jobs, and also onto their second and third jobs within their careers.

 

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When are you the happiest? 

In a hammock, post-run with a cup of Equator coffee and donut.


Where is one place in the world you would love to visit next? 

South Africa.

 

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How do you relax? 

Meditation, yoga, and Netflix.


What is your most cherished coffee product? 

Fellow Stagg EKG Kettle.

 

Who would play you in the film of your life? 

John Legend.

 

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How would you like to be remembered? 

Good vibes are contagious, treat people the way you want to be treated, and remember you can’t pour from an empty cup, take care of yourself! 

 

COFFEE RAPID-FIRE ROUND:

      • Milk or Black? Black
      • Single Origin or Blend? Single Origin
      • Light or Dark? Light
      • Cold or Hot? Hot
      • Pour Over or Drip? Pour Over 
      • Croissant or Donut? Donut
      • Pizza or Burger? Pizza