After uprooting her life and moving to the Hudson Valley in January of 2021, Elissa’s only plan was to finish her Bachelor’s Degree and find a part-time job. A few months later, she started working at Angry Orchard as a Cidery Ambassador, giving tours of the property and guiding tastings. It wasn’t long before she fell in love with the cider industry. With a newly ignited passion for cider, she wanted to learn as much as she could, both for her guests’ sake and her own. She considers herself very lucky to be surrounded by an amazing and talented team who have not only supported, but encouraged her passion.
Elisha took the Certified Pommelier™ exam to establish an increased confidence when sharing cider with guests. Angry Orchard’s tour programs at the orchard are all about educating guests on all things cider. She says this accreditation helps to show cider has its own unique history and deserves its own place in the American consciousness.