I Owe You a Little Catch Up Post

Look, I honestly am not even sure who reads my blog.  But I know one thing is for sure - it looks like I have been ALL OVER the place.  And well, you are right.

A lot has happened within these past several months.  Let's review shall we?

September: Move from Southern California to Charlotte, North Carolina (Could I be any further?)

January: Move to Oslo, Norway for a couple months to hang out with some of the best in the coffee sourcing industry at Nordic Approach

March: Swing by the states for a week to make sure I still have a puppy and a boyfriend but mainly a puppy.  Good. They are both still there. Then I return to Oslo.

April: Return from Oslo and fly straight to Seattle for the coffee industry's largest event, SCA Expo in Seattle.  I am not social at evening events since I am falling asleep at dinners (thanks, time difference.)  Then I finally fly back to Charlotte where I regroup mentally and physically and remember I am now, somehow, part of the team at Nordic Approach.

Let's Rewind 

But to explain where I am today, I should probably take you back to my lonesome apartment in Killeen, Texas circa 2014.  My boyfriend had sent me a book as a gift called Coffee: The Guide to the Bean, the Beverage and the Industry.  While he didn't realize it at the time (and heck - neither did I) it would lead me down a never-ending road to coffee - all the way to Oslo.

You see, there was a concept that was first introduced to me in that book - green coffee sourcing.  Buyers were traveling to remote places in foreign lands to find good coffees and meet interesting people and see interesting things along the way.  That alone is what made my heart yearn to better understand the beginning of coffee's journey.

But I thought - as I sat there in that dark apartment after another long day of news reporting - that I would never really find myself in that world.  I didn't know anything about coffee and that entire world seemed so far away from the people I surrounded myself with and what had been my reality those past five years.

But when you are really passionate about something, you find yourself making decisions that lead to your passions - no matter how subtle or how subconscious they are.

It's like the moment I decided to start a coffee blog - even though there were and are better ones out there I'm sure.

It's like the moment I asked the barista what is coffee? And the other 100 dumb questions after that one.

It's like the moment I realized I really wanted to know where coffee came from and I made my first trip to origin happen. #PuraVida

It's like the moment that when I moved to a new city and decided I wanted to learn how to make coffee and started working as a barista. 

It's like all of these little moments leading up to the big ones - like where I said yes to move to Norway to better understand something I've always longed to understand.

Coming Up

So, to say my blog has taken a back seat is an understatement.  But I am excited because these past several months have taught me much more than I could possibly imagine about coffee and I can't wait to share with ya'll. 

I am going to go beyond coffee shops now. We are going to talk about some home brewing and coffee gear, as well as travel tips and stories and things I learn along the way. I may throw in some videos in here and there as well :) 


 

A Personal Update from The Coffee Nomad; Life, Coffee and Everything in Between

Hey everyone!

As I announced on Instagram, I not only moved to the other side of the country (from Newport Beach, C.A. to Charlotte, N.C.) but I also stepped outside of my comfort zone and began training as a barista at a Counter Culture Coffee account called Not Just Coffee.

Me on the job at Not Just Coffee, Charlotte N.C.

Me on the job at Not Just Coffee, Charlotte N.C.

One of my first actually presentable latte art drinks!

One of my first actually presentable latte art drinks!

And for those of you who aren't quite sure what all of that means - just think as Counter Culture as one of the most bad ass, specialty coffee giants out there.  I remember when I was first reading about coffee, about three years ago, in Coffee: The Guide to the Bean, the Beverage, and the Industry, I came across several articles from Counter Culture folk.  I followed them ever since.  They basically do everything really, really well.  From sourcing coffees, to educating others about sustainability, to training baristas and to taking care of their wholesale accounts (a.k.a my new coffee shop) they genuinely care about what they do and it really comes through.  (And no - this is not a sponsored post from them - I am just being a little bit of a #fangirl at the moment.)

And wouldn't ya know it - they are based in Durham, N.C. - just a few hours from me.  Their training centers are also near me in Asheville and Durham.  So, I am excited to take advantage of all of this top-of-the-line coffee knowledge and take their classes in basic coffee brewing, cupping, coffee origins and much, much more.  And of course, I can't wait to share it with you!

This is the two of us exploring the incredible brewery scene in Asheville, N.C. All of you craft beer affecionados need to make a trip out here. It's beautiful and the brewery selections are endless.

This is the two of us exploring the incredible brewery scene in Asheville, N.C. All of you craft beer affecionados need to make a trip out here. It's beautiful and the brewery selections are endless.

But many of you are probably wondering - why the hell did you move to North Carolina?  Welp, as it happens, my boyfriend of many years matched here at the local hospital for his residency program - a program that would last 7 years.  So, as fun as long distance has been for the past 4 years, I don't think I could do another seven.  Anyhow, I am here now - an East Coast resident.  I honestly never thought those words would come out of my mouth, and/or typed onto a computer screen to thousands of readers everywhere, but here we are. 

But life is funny like that.  And you know what?

The more you put into life, the more you get out of it.  

And that goes for, really, anything that you do.  I have been treating every day like an adventure and have loved it so far.  I have done more rock climbing, road cycling, and zip lining in a few months than I have every done back home in California.  Oh, and don't worry - I have several nomadic trips in the works to keep the coffee exploring going both on the West, East and everything in between ;)  

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Anyway, so basically I am really excited to teach you guys more about the technical side of coffee or find the right experts that can. And if you have been a bit overwhelmed or intimidated by it - don't be! Making coffee and learning about all of its sciences is really fun.  And this is coming from someone who never really got along with numbers or chemistry for that matter. 

I am also excited to really talk about coffee gear.  Within the past several weeks alone there has been some pretty cool advancements in the coffee gear realm.  One example is my friend from college launched a kick starter campaign for his product Handground.  As of a week ago it is up and ready to be manufactured.  One is on its way to me and I can't wait to test it out.  I think this is a tool that will be super useful for all of you coffee brewers who are on the go ;)

Phew! Okay, I just figured I owed ya'll a big update on my life - both personal and in coffee.  Now I see it will be nearly impossible to separate the two. 

And meet the newest addition to our family - Mila! She frequents coffee shops with me as much as possible, so you'll be hearing from her quite a bit as well ;)  This is her at her usual spot at Hex Coffee, Charlotte, N.C.

And meet the newest addition to our family - Mila! She frequents coffee shops with me as much as possible, so you'll be hearing from her quite a bit as well ;)  This is her at her usual spot at Hex Coffee, Charlotte, N.C.

One more thing! I have been slowly reconstructing this site.  So PLEASE if you have any suggestions just email me at thecoffeenomad@gmail.com.  I am working on one feature that I want to keep a surprise, but it will be the most useful damn thing I have ever done for you guys. :) Also, if you would like to guest post here just shoot me an email! I look forward to hearing from you fellow coffee nomads!

Thanks for tuning into this lengthy little update. I appreciate you reading and staying along for what's to come!

Cheers! And as always,
 
Mugs Up,

The Coffee Nomad