10 Minutes with Not Just Coffee’s James Yoder

When Not Just Coffee first opened in 2011 it was the first of its kind in the small but rapidly-expanding city of Charlotte, North Carolina. Owner James Yoder, who at the time simply had a love for coffee and fine dining but no formal barista experience, unknowingly helped to create a catalyst for coffee culture…

The Explainer Post

Hello readers! It’s been a while since we last spoke, eh? I’ve been a liiiiittle busy these days. My apologies for being absent.

L Burleson & The Art of Customer Care

If Burleson’s technique were to have a gimmicky slogan (because who doesn’t love gimmicky slogans?), it would be closer to “The customer is always a person” than “The customer is always right”. Serving her customers well has become much more than a requirement of her job. For L, it’s evolved into her approach to mankind.

Some Updates

Long time, no talk! I’d like to take a moment to apologize for my static silence recently. I’ve been a little busy these days. Let me explain: Since leaving The Daily Press back in November I’ve been working full-time with Amelie’s French Bakery as their Assistant Coffee & Tea Director to help train their baristas and develop their coffee…

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.