In Episode 101, Mike and I talked about a controversial topic that was requested of us, a recent video that Mike sent me of a trend I hope doesn’t take off, and Mike’s recent roasting training.
Trust & Power. We were asked to weigh in on the implosion of Four Barrel Coffee. But… we don’t know much about Four Barrel, the previous co-owner Jeremy Tooker, and the resulting sexual harassment suit. I didn’t really want to talk about it. But inspired by Chris Deferio’s great recent Episode #67 on the Keys to the Shop Podcast and prompted by your requests, Mike and I decided to talk about it.
I recently completed some training that provided some safeguards and information about coaching in sports. I saw direct correlation between coaching/playing in sports and managing/working at a place of business. This applies to any place where someone trusts you and gives you power over them.
Roast with Rao. Mike recently attended an I Map it Forward class where Scott Rao taught coffee roasting. It cost him $99, and he really enjoyed it. He got more than his money’s worth, and would recommend it to others. They seem to have other coffee classes to offer, so check them out if you’re interested. We took the time to solicit questions for Scott Rao as well. Sling ’em if you got ’em!
Mobile Coffee. I am totally convinced that the future of specialty coffee includes mobile ordering, voice ordering, and usage of a variety of mobile app platforms. There’s nothing out where we live, but this was my first exposure to current apps like Amazon Prime Now, Instacart, Postmates, Uber Eats, and DoorDash. These are delivery options for your coffee- whole beans and ready made drinks.
We also talked about establishing a roasting schedule that meets the needs of our consumers, and also is something we can manage as we try to build this roasting business into a profitable side hustle. It is very nice to get notifications that your coffee has shipped as soon as possible after ordering. It’s a balance we are trying to strike.
Dip & Swirl. Mike sent me a video that showed a barista dipping a paper cup first into caramel and then into some sort of graham crackers or nuts. A latte is made in this same cup. I don’t like it. Put it in a waffle cup, I think that’s okay. Licking and biting off a paper cup is a weird sensation to me.