Archive for November, 2009

CC

Posted in General Off Topic on November 27, 2009 by thatcoffeeguy

Some people measure in CC’s.  I ran cross country in high school and our shirts always were marked CC.  Although this CC is for cross country, I won’t be running this one.  I think it might take me about a year if I were to run this one and my stamina just isn’t what it used to be back in high school…  Here I come Vancouver.  I’m only 16 days away.

THE ROUTE

DAY ONE- 12/13/09
Leave Kalamazoo 10:00 AM
-Gas stop before Chicago 12:00 PM
-Lunch/gas stop near Madison, WI 3:00 PM
-Dinner/gas stop near Sioux Falls, SD 10:00 PM
-Arrive Rapid City, SD 3:00 AM
That’s right… 17 hours.  Get your Coffee/Red Bull/Monster/Adderall/Adrenaline IV Drip ready to roll!  And yes, it’s true that I just want to put as many miles as I possibly can between myself and Kalamazoo on my first day.  I don’t hate the ‘Zoo, but I don’t want to see it in my rear view mirror either.

DAY TWO- 12/14/09
Leave Rapid City, SD 11:00 AM
-Gas stop in Rapid City, SD
-Mt. Rushmore 11:30 AM
-Gas/lunch/dinner stop near Sheridan, WY 4:00 PM
-Arrive Bozeman, MT 8:30 PM
Keeping it short on the second day, I anticipate being completely exhausted from the first day of traveling.

DAY THREE- 12/15/09
Leave Bozeman, MT 10:00 AM
-Gas stop in Bozeman, MT
-Mammoth Springs, Yellowstone, MT 12:15 PM
-Cooke City, Yellowstone, MT 2:00 PM (U-turn after due to seasonal roads)
-Gas/lunch stop in Livingston, MT 4:00 PM
-Gas/dinner stop in Missoula, MT 8:30 PM
-Arrive Kalispell, MT 12:00 AM

DAY FOUR- 12/16/09
Leave Kalispell, MT 11:00 AM
-Gas stop in Kalispell, MT
-Lake McDonald, Glacier National Park, MT 1:00 PM
-Gas/lunch stop Plains, MT 4:30 PM
-Gas/dinner stop Spokane, WA 7:30 PM
-Arrive Yakima, WA 10:45 PM

DAY FIVE- 12/17/09
Leave Yakima, WA 11:00 AM
-Gas stop in Yakima, WA
-Gas/lunch Goldendale, WA 12:45 PM
-Arrive Vancouver, WA 3:00 PM

HOME SWEET (new) HOME.

16 days and I can barely stand it.

18 Days.

Posted in General Off Topic on November 25, 2009 by thatcoffeeguy

As the majority of the country starts to save up for the Holidays, I’ve started saving right along with them, but for a completely different reason:  I’m moving to the West Coast.

I’m truly excited about the move.  Sure it’s a fresh start in a new city, with new people and new surroundings, but that’s not my main reason for excitement.  I’ve never felt truly challenged as a barista before, and I am anticipating this new store and new boss to completely kick my butt when it comes to being challenged.  In the past I would challenge myself to get better and better everyday, but I never found myself really pressed to improve my skills from any of my co-workers or bosses.  It’s not that they were poor workers, it’s just that there is a difference between a barista and a career barista.  There was always something to learn- helping to challenge, teach and train my fellow baristas was always something that helped to advance my knowledge of the craft, but I never felt challenged back.  Although there was pressure, it was not the same as direct attention from someone that cares as much or more about the quality of coffee than I do.  I’ve never felt intimidated before, and now I do.  It’s a strange feeling to be excited about intimidation.  To be overjoyed about being forced to push your limits.  I’m actually looking forward to no longer being a standout.

As I move to new shores and a new coast, I’ll have to let go of the coast and coasting that came with this Michigan shore that I have come to love for so long.  When I walk into work from now on I’m not going to throw lingo over people’s heads if I start talking about coffee beyond “light roast and dark roast.”  I’m moving to a shop where people can pull flavors out of a coffee in the same way I try to.  I’m moving to a shop where people challenge themselves to become better everyday, just like I have done for so long.

It will be nice to be in like company.

18 days.