Mark and Brian sit down in the echo-chamber roastery that has been constructed on the Rookery site. Discussions about Philbrook Museum, the Specialty Coffee Association, and then an interview with Leslie Penrose, the founder of the Nicaraguan community development nonprofit, Just Hope.
DoubleShot Coffee Company is constructing a new building, and it's called The Rookery. Architect and Rookery designer, Joel Collins joins us in this episode to talk about the trials of putting up an old barn in the middle of the city, what this design means to the DoubleShot, and what the structure brings with it.
I just returned from Costa Rica, where I visited Ricardo Gurdian at Hacienda Miramonte, Minor at La Pastora, and my friends at La Minita. Jim tells us the state of the coffee at La Minita. Then I have a visit from my old friend, Tommy Wazelle. Tommy is an accomplished opera singer, and has returned to Tulsa for Tulsa Opera's performance of Strictly Gershwin. Tommy talks about his work and his experiences with DoubleShot Coffee.
Happy holidays from Mark and Brian at AA Cafe, and everyone at the DoubleShot. This somewhat rambling episode never steers far from the course. Hear the top 8 holiday gifts from DoubleShot Coffee Company. Listen to very informative phone interviews with the producers of the Santa Clara Natural as well as the two Natural Geshas from Finca Hartmann in Panama. And the episode concludes with some introspection and a hopeful list of ten things.
What happens when you travel? When you step out of your comfort zone, where you have to turn off auto-pilot and figure out how to do everything? Brian talks about his latest trip to Colombia, scrambling to pick up the pieces when things don't go as planned. It's a discussion about people and bureaucracies and the quest to source great coffee.
We interrupt this regularly scheduled podcast to bring you a conversation with Paul Bowman, vice chairman of the North American Wood Ape Conservancy. Paul tells of his encounters with bigfoot while drinking DoubleShot Coffee. Mark and Brian explore literary and movie references to the mysterious beast. It's off the beaten path, but well worth exploring.Paul Bowman behind the mic wearing his shantung-style straw hat
Brian's pixelated iphone pic of Rocky Mountain sheep on the flanks of Mt. Shavano (14,229 feet)