Today on Founder Friday we get to hear from Haden Polseno-Hensley, Co-Founder of one of my favorite coffee companies, Red Rooster Coffee Roasters in Floyd, Virginia! The values that drive the company, the quality of the people, the way they invest in their community and staff, and the quality of their coffee... all reasons why I admire Red Rooster and am excited to share this interview with you all today.
We get to talk about the evolution of their business, learning how to roast coffee, revamping operations, how they divide the business between retail and roasting, what they do to invest in staff, the story behind opening a day care in their shop, and advice for roaster retailers.
When we think of the work we do on a daily basis we are not typically prone to describing it as "fascinating". For many of us it is a mundanity that we want to escape from. Today on Shift Break we are chatting about how a shift in perspective in the shop regarding the world we take for granted can help energize and sustain us.
The Champ is in the house! 2019 U.S. Barista Champion, Sam Spillman of Dillanos Coffee Roasters joins me for this very special episode. In our conversation we discuss the evolution of her coffee career, her love for the community, what drives her as a professional, competition, challenges she has faced developing as a competitor, her first origin trip, balance in the pursuit of a goal, and what went into and inspired her stellar winning presentation.
I hope you are inspired by this interview with Sam. She is truly a humble champion who is equal parts amazing technical skill and compelling professional passion.
Sam's Performance Skip to - 5:13:40 in the live stream video
Professionalism is a loaded word that has been discussed a lot lately. It is a trait many of us want to be perceived as having but are sent mixed signals from bosses or judges as to what is, or is not, professional. Today we chat about professionalism and the need for a nuanced understanding of it that celebrates diverse expression of it. I hope you take the time to reflect on this one as I often see this element being responsible for a lot of the stagnation in coffee retail today.
It's an honor to welcome to the show the director of the 2nd Barista movie "Baristas", Rock Baijnauth! The first movie "Barista" was a huge success and brought the barista competition world to a very global audience. We are now only a month away from the release of the follow-up to that film, Baristas. In this episode I got to talk to Rock about the process involved in filming, the goals he and his crew had in making these movies, why highlight coffee as a film maker, who is in this film, what can we can expect from the movie, and what he has experienced and learned from the professional barista world through creating these documentaries. He also gives some advice to anyone hoping to make a documentary film of their own!
It is easy to get caught up in the pursuit of the top position in any endeavor and base our value on the results. How we approach our goals will determine what we get out of it. Today we chat about winning, losing, and perspectives to help us stay grounded as we reach new heights.
I am so excited to share these interviews from the show floor at Coffee Fest NYC! I had the chance to interview the amazing British Coleman & Shabria Quinn Robinson who are in the very early planning stages of their business, "Pour Coffeehouse and Lounge" in Saginaw, MI. Then I got to interview Owner Peter Moses who is right in the middle of building out his company, "Mighty Oak Roasters" in Astoria, NY. Finally I chatted with Ryan Vaxmonsky, Owner of the retail/roaster business, Evermore Coffee Roasters which is now 1 1/2 years in business.
Each of these wonderful people brings a unique and inspiring perspective on the coffee industry and the road to business ownership. I hope you enjoy hearing their stories and learning, getting motivated by their passion, and learning form their experiences.
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It is often the case that we create systems in the cafe and then lose connection with the real impact those systems have in the lives of the staff and customers. Today we talk about the need for empathy in developing systems that serve the shop as well as those caring for the shop.
If you are in management you know that it is not each day can bring a new set of challenges. It just so happens that there are 27 particular challenges that are common to almost all managers and we are going to explore a few of these in todays episode with returning guest, Bruce Tulgan.
Bruce is the founder of Rain Maker Thinking and the author of 20 books including the book "The 27 Challenges Managers Face" and "It's OK to be the Boss". Bruce was on the show back in May of 2017 and now he is back to help us find solutions to the challenges of management.
In this interview we talk about the importance of the basics, how to approach your work if you are a new manager, and we then explore the 7 sections of this book that address some of the most compelling challenges we face as we lead people.
It is no secret that I am a huge fan of Bruce's work and approach to the subject of management and I think this book and today's conversation will go a long way to helping you navigate challenges of leadership.