Holy shit. It’s been nearly a year since I last logged into this dusty old blog. Where do I even start? A year in internet-years is basically an eternity. Plenty of time to be completely forgotten in the digital realm. So, I guess now’s as good a time as any to start anew. Then again, I could try and summarize everything that’s happened in the last year in rapid succession. Let’s give it a shot!
It’s been a long and eventful year. So much shit has happened. I bought a small 2 kilogram coffee roaster and then proceeded to learn everything that I could about the art of coffee roasting. Kind of an ambitious task, but I felt up to the challenge, you know… because I’m not busy enough already.
We received the roaster back in February of 2018 and managed to get it up and running by early March. As with most humble beginnings, this one also started in a garage. A no frills and straight to the point layout with few distractions. It turns out that roasting coffee has a lot of similarities to the BBQ arts that I’ve been dabbling in for the past couple of years. It’s one of those things that doesn’t come easy and takes effort; like learning guitar or something of that nature. Anyone can roast mediocre coffee, but it takes finesse to be able to do it well… and I’ve been trying to do it as well as I am able.
I’m going to assume that the majority of people reading this, know little about coffee roasting. That’s fine. Up until a few years ago, I knew little as well. No worries.
Despite my strong start on this blog, I’m getting pretty tired now, and I’m not sure how much more I’m wanting to write. Perhaps I should start using my youtube channel a bit more. It would be far easier for me to speak than to take the time to type all of these things out on a regular basis.
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.
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.
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!
Happy Holiday Season, everyone!
It looks as if we’ve survived another 365ish days around the ol’ fireball, and as usual, we have all had our fair share of ups and downs. Despite the tumultuous nature of human existence, we are extremely thankful to share this weird and wonderful world with all of you amazing people!
If you could all just take a quick second to ponder the seemingly impossible series of both cosmic and miniscule variables that had to occur in just the right way for you to exist! Each one of you makes this world a better place in your own unique way. You are all magical beings with such an incredible capacity to change the world around you for the better. Never forget that! Love your friends, family, pets, neighbors, and even strangers for more than just the holidays, and hope that they will do the same. Be sure to celebrate yourselves as well… pet a cat (if you’re not allergic), eat ice cream without pants on, order a pizza, whatever you fancy!
Thanks for being in our lives!
Love you all,
Frank, Lauren, Max, Boots, Jude, and Ruby
It’s icy and cold outside, soooooo I thought it would be the perfect time to set up the studio for some heavy bass riffs. Mission accomplished. This bi-amp setup is delivering the heavy and saturated sounds that my soul desires.