Not Just Coffee: the Packard Place Project & The Hustle That Got Them There

“You’re never gonna make this work,” he told me, “You’re gonna go out of business because nobody is going to wait this long for coffee.” And then he just walked out, leaving me alone in this great empty space. My heart was breaking; I was all by myself. And I was like, “Shit… what if he’s right?” (He wasn’t)

My First Throwdown

Receiving an invite to Greenville Thursday Night Throwdown (GVLTNT) was a little like receiving an official Hogwarts letter- “Yer a coffee wizard, ‘Arry!”

No Use Crying Over Spilled Cold Brew

We spend the majority of our adulthood learning to not only deal with the different aspects of our lives, but also how to compartmentalize them. Leaving personal crises at home and dealing with them there: this is a practical and necessary way to live when you work in customer service. But, you know, life is still hard sometimes.

Milkin’ It With Aaron Tran

I’ll never forget the day that Aaron waltzed into my heart, carrying a Tupperware container full of scratch-made avocado ice cream flavored with raspberry jam and pistachios. I tasted that green goodness and became a changed woman. Avocados? Pistachios? Raspberries?? I’ll be honest with you guys, I would have never imagined those three ingredients as an ice cream- but Aaron did. Like I said: flavor genius.

The Coffee Lover’s Gift Guide

Let me help make all of this holiday hoopla a little easier on your, your wallet and your sanity this year. Read on for local & nationally-acclaimed gifts for every coffee nerd on your list.

The Life of a Barista-Soldier

A barista is so much more than someone who simply makes coffee. They’re an ambassador for their craft and every single person in the coffee chain: the coffee farmers, the coffee roasters, the green coffee importers and exporters, and so many others. Baristas are at the forefront of their coffee community, building relationships with the individuals that they serve while simultaneously educating consumers about their industry. Charlie is no exception to this rule.

Joshua Vasko, Pizza-Loving Photographer

Josh is a truly fantastic addition to the Charlotte coffee community. Not only is he a work horse with an almost superhuman ability to close down an entire coffee shop in under 15 minutes, but he has an incredibly gentle soul and genuine interest in the people around him.

Gettin’ Spooky with Tayslurp

If want to show your love for specialty coffee while simultaneously being awesome: Taylor Williams has you covered this Halloween! Just follow her Coffee-Inspired Costume Do’s and Don’ts and you’re setting yourself up for Samhain success.

Grace Peitzman, Sunflour Bakery’s Wordsmith

Always carefully choosing her words, Grace has a calming, relaxed vibe about her that helps diffuse even the most stressful shifts. Her inquisitive personality and diligent work ethic, coupled with her sharp mind and desire to always be growing, makes her a (quiet) force to be reckoned with. I’m so glad that our city has a barista like Grace that is a part of and representing its coffee community.

Hullo, Fall

Fall has arrived and what better way to get it started than with a nice little autumn playlist? Amongst all of the PSL’s, apple picking and cozying up by an outdoor bonfire (because you know that’s gonna happen!), you definitely need some music to accompany your adventures.

Last Week’s QCTNT: Like a rock concert, but different.

The atmosphere was more akin to a rock concert than a low-key coffee shop get-together: thumping music, people sipping on beers, everyone packed together to stay close to the action and fans chanting the names of baristas as if they were rock stars. It was joked that the sharply-dressed male baristas should start a hipster boy band, since they obviously already possessed the ability to make crowds go wild.

Talk Coffee to Me

I encounter a lot of confusion behind the coffee counter, mostly because of a lot of the coffee misinformation that’s floating around out there. I’m not going to claim that my definitions below are the end-all, be-all… but in the course of my coffee career I’ve seen all of these play out to be mostly accurate definitions. Write me via Carrier Pigeon if they’re not.