stumptown coffee

Stumptown Coffee Plus Peet’s Coffee – Welcome To Peetstown

Today the Specialty coffee world is afire with the news about one of our own idols Stumptown Coffee being sold (again), this time to Peet’s Coffee. The reactions range from FU$KI%G SELLOUTS! to HELL YEAH CONGRATS!   I’m firmly in the congratulations camp. The people at Stumptown have operated at the highest level of awesomeness […]


Depth. Majesty. Silence so Loud it Roars. 

Slicing across the mighty Puget Sound on a ferry made of steel you still feel small and over matched. You lose all sense of time and place. All is enshrouded in the sound. It doesn’t overwhelm, it doesn’t need to. It is. Therefore you are as well. Moving stately across the waters, whilst seagulls pace […]

craft coffee

Is Craft Coffee a Bloody Triangle or a Balanced Square?

Specialty Coffee is a Journey. A long, arduous journey of seeming contradictions, nonsensical actions and a keen focus on the triple bottom line. This is not a Specialty Coffee only value by any stretch, but it is intrinsically interwoven into the very fabric of what Specialty Coffee means. When we are asked to define Specialty […]

eco-friendly coffee

12 Tiny Steps To Make Your Daily Coffee a More Eco-Friendly Experience

Coffee is a crazy thing. It travels from the other side of the world through dozens and dozens of caring hands before landing in your yours. It is also a potentially environment crushing behemoth if you don’t think through your actions when you finally get to brew the nectar of life. I found this pretty […]

Andy and Nanelle Newbom- born misfits and punks.

Misfits, Punks, Dreamers and Diamonds – 11 years of Passion Poured By People

On today’s date 11 years ago in 2003 Nanelle and I gave birth to Barefoot Coffee Roasters. We had no business plan, no money, no idea what we were doing, and no experience. What we did have was absolutely insane passion, a mission to make great coffee and thick, thick skin and big hearts. We […]

coffee import mexico

Every Coffee Has A Home. Yet Not Every Home Has Coffee.

The sun was rising with equatorial brilliance from the valley floor, casting it’s tingling rays upon my face. The cool, moist tropical breeze tickled my face with fern frond delicacy soothed away the lie of “roosters rise at dawn” still fresh in my mind after the damn rooster who stood righteously outside my little cabin […]

solar freaking roadways

Perfect Example of The Roles of Engineering and Marketing

On April 21st, 2014 (the day before i started my 30 blog posts in 30 days challenge) some super engineers from Idaho Scott and Julie Brusaw launched an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign after they invented one of the most kick ass things I have ever seen. Solar Freaking Roadways!!!!   Yes, solar freaking roadways, parking lots, […]