Hey there, this is Mike & Jake from Orange Cactus Coffee. That’s us in this picture, but switched- I’m on the left and Mike is on the right. Sorry about the confusion, but it’s appropriate for Mike’s name to come first in all we do. He has better hair. Even with a hat.
We’re not specialty coffee industry experts waiting to look down our noses at you. We’re just two regular guys who enjoy coffee and want to share our passion with others who have a desire to get the most flavor out of every drop. We believe in enjoying coffee as more than a caffeine delivery system – but a special, unforgettable drink experience that you’ll want to duplicate and share.
Mike is into roasting, creating awesome video experiences, and learning more about the coffee farmers and farming. He wants to strike the right balance between science and experience when it comes to crafting the perfect cup.
Jake (that’s me) is into the ceremony of making and serving the perfect cup, writing about coffee, and talking too much. I want to help people understand how they can get coffee to taste like it smells.
Together, we’re passionate about creating special experiences for coffee drinkers at every touch point. We get excited about great branding and marketing, exceptional customer service, and reviewing every possible way of drinking coffee. We buy gadgets and review them at home. We visit cafes and review them on the road. We buy cold brews and bottled coffees from grocery stores and gas stations.
We do all this with one goal in mind- find the perfect cup. And while we’re finding our own perfect cup, we try so many other cups that you’re bound to find the perfect cup for you as well. While we all have different opinions on what a great cup of coffee tastes like, there is something of an education your taste buds have to go through if all you’ve had is sweet, ice-blended coffee shakes in the past. But we drink those to, and try to find the best tasting ones.
The idea for Orange Cactus Coffee germinated during a deployment overseas in 2000. After a few false starts (and Mike’s encouragement to get up after a failed business venture) we got back after it in 2016. The ultimate goal is to open our own coffee shop and be able to serve you in person. Until then, we’ll use what we have at our disposal: videos, blogs, vlogs, reviews, podcasts, and fresh-roasted coffee shipped to your doorstep, to serve you and help you find your perfect cup of coffee.
This all means one of three things for you. First, you may know more than us about specialty coffee. That’s cool- we learn from a myriad of sources. Feel free to share your comments and opinions with us. Second, you’re just starting on the road to making coffee taste like it smells, and you want a guide on your journey. Third, you’re in the next lane over from us- enjoying specialty coffee and looking for people to geek out over great coffee.
Wherever you fall on this spectrum, we hope you’ll join us on our journey through specialty coffee as we discover how to roast, brew, and enjoy your favorite coffee at home, develop your palette to enjoy the perfect cup, and use coffee as the catalyst to create memorable experiences.
-Mike & Jake