Author Archives: admin

Thirty Six

Tomorrow I turn 36. I feel every minute of it. Each second of tireless gravity crushing down upon my bones. Of course, I’m choosing to write this entry at 9PM after a long day, longer week, and even longer month. It’s at these times when you get straight to the truth… when we’re tired and hungry.

For the past five years, I’ve spent nearly every day working alongside my amazing and wonderful wife running a coffee shop with extremely high expectations. You know, living the American Dream proper, right? Don’t get me wrong, it’s been a fun and rewarding experience, but after five plus years of 7 day weeks with hardly a day off, both Lauren and I can feel a bit spent at times. Day in and out we are constantly busting our asses so that our community can enjoy some of the best coffee and service available. I want it to be known that by and large, we have the best customers on the planet. Now, you’re probably reading this and thinking that you work hard. I’m sure you do. However, the majority of you have no idea what it’s like to do this for five years. There are very few of us in this club and that’s because it’s fucking difficult. Most people either go out of business, or just quit because of the sheer overwhelming nature of the beast. We’ve put off dinners, weddings, parties, gatherings, funerals, and countless other activities for a long time now.

This year we’re going to attempt to change things up a bit. Simple shit… like trying to prioritize time for ourselves and begin to take more of a back seat at times. We’ll see how it goes. After all, we can do our best to make plans, but they are only good until life calls an audible.

I’m about to be thirty six and I’m not even close to being done with my conquests. So here’s to 2019 bringing great things our way. Thanks for reading.

Steve Albini Interview 2018

For those of you that have had the pleasure of working with me as an audio engineer… or perhaps you have been in the coffee shop and noticed there is a drink titled “Steve Albini…” this is the guy. He’s a solid mentor and I deeply appreciate his views on the music industry and the overall creative processes involved. I hadn’t seen this interview until earlier this week and now that I’ve watched it twice, I wanted to share it. Enjoy.

That’s enough rambling out of me for the moment. I’m going to go grill some chicken thighs.

DIY BBQ RABBIT HOLE

Not all heroes wear capes. Some of them just dress normally and spend copious amounts of time building smokers in their garages. Thanks to this video, I’ve now spent the last hour watching DIY smoker builds. Now I need to find someone to teach me how to weld.

For the Moms

This post goes out to all you moms out there. Doing the mom things that you do. Oh, and it also goes out to my mother-in-law who did a fairly good job on my wife. I don’t really have a relationship with my own mother (long story), so it’s nice that Lauren and I were able to invite her mom over and treat her to dinner. We opted to fire up the grill and make some classic americana in the form of hamburgers because it’s one of her not-so-guilty pleasures. We also opted for some grilled asparagus. It’s nice that she’s able to just come over and relax. She’s always putting the needs of everyone else first, so it’s nice for her to just take a moment and relax while we take care of the details.

So yeah, that wraps up our Mothers Day celebration. I hope you all made an effort to show the mom(s) in your lives some love and respect. After all, without mom’s, we wouldn’t exist. That would be the worst.

 

Ribs, Wings, and new/old Friends

It’s a small world and it continues to get smaller all of the time. As it turns out, two of the baristas (Hannah & Nick) that had initially trained Lauren and I (at what was once known as MBS) are now married and in a post-rock band. They had just so happened to be playing a show at Be Here Now and were looking for a place to crash after their show. They knew we were from the area and got in touch. We were happy to welcome the band into our home and catch up on all that has transpired since the years separating our last face-to-face encounter. Oh, and what sort of hosts would we be if we didn’t fire up the smoker and treat the whole band to some top notch BBQ!? So that’s just what we did. Being that there wasn’t a ton of time to prep, I opted for chicken wings and spare ribs. There’s nothing better than good food, music, friends, and conversation. We stayed up wayyyyyy too late catching up. I hadn’t been up until 4:30AM in a long time.

The wings were seasoned with a South African Piri Piri Pepper rub and the ribs were done in my traditional salt, black pepper, brown sugar, paprika, and chipotle rub. Both came out phenomenal as I’m pretty comfortable and confident with these cooks.

Coffee Roasting has Begun!

I’ve met a lot of people throughout my life via various different outlets. Whether it be music, cooking, consulting, teaching, recording, or coffee… Sometimes I lose track as to which people are in tune with the various aspects of what I’m doing on a regular basis. I do a lot of things and I know that it can be confusing. That’s why I keep my blog and instagram. It helps to make sense of what would otherwise just look like chaos to anyone just taking a quick look. Anyway, if you’ve been keeping up with my shit in any sort of capacity, you would know that coffee is something that I take very seriously. Life’s too short to spend on the lackluster. With that being said, we’ve taken the next step when it comes to quality control at The Caffeinery and opted to start our own coffee roasting program. I’ve spent the last year reading every text on the subject that I could get my hands on. I’ve been talking with roasters, listening to podcasts, studying videos, and have essentially done everything possible to prepare me for this moment. As my wife often says, I don’t have hobbies, I have obsessions. There’s probably a good amount of truth in that. At the moment, I’m fully immersing myself into the art and science of roasting coffee. My goal is to create a program with objective scientific protocols that will ensure continuous improvement in quality that will ultimately improve every aspect of our offerings both at our physical shop as well as an eventual online shop. Stay tuned for more!