AA Cafe Podcast

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Explore coffee through history, science, music, and other vaguely-related topics. Join Brian Franklin from Tulsa-based DoubleShot Coffee Company and co-host Mark Brown from Argentfork.com as they meander around coffee-inspired ideas and engaging interviews.

  • 47 minutes 42 seconds
    Nicaragua 2024

    DoubleShot roastmaster, Brian Franklin has just returned from another trip to Nicaragua. He and Mark talk about what coffee farms are really like and the difficulty of getting to Dos Manzanas and Finca Massif. While en route to Finca Massif Nueva Segovia, Brian interviewed Luis Miranda about the farms and how he got into coffee. It's worth a listen. And worth thinking about. Buy the coffee they're drinking at DoubleShotCoffee.com.

    11 May 2024, 7:14 pm
  • 1 hour 6 minutes
    Birthday Stories

    Mark and Brian keep it brief this time and let the DoubleShot regulars talk. It's a lengthy cast of eighteen characters, all with something interesting to say. Quite a range of voices and stories and memories of DoubleShot history. Listen to the end for some juicy, intimate content where the tables are turned and Brian spills the beans on his private life. Thanks to everyone who participated in this episode, to everyone who didn't but still has a story to tell, and to everyone whose lives have been touched in any way by the DoubleShot. You are the reason DoubleShot exists.

    14 March 2024, 4:59 pm
  • 38 minutes 46 seconds
    Gemini Project

    With the DoubleShot's 20th birthday just around the corner, Mark and Brian reconvene to taste one of the two coffees Brian sourced and roasted for the occasion. It's sold as a box set called The Gemini Project, which is available at DoubleShotCoffee.com

    The coffee jolts their memories and they spend the majority of the episode talking about the past. A few of the things they remember from twenty years of coffee and hijinks. 

    Talk to Mark and Brian in person at the 20th birthday celebration March 5. All day and half the night.

    29 February 2024, 11:27 pm
  • 44 minutes 17 seconds
    DoubleShot 20th Birthday

    Brian Franklin opened DoubleShot Coffee Company on March 5, 2004. On March 5, 2024 we celebrate its 20th birthday. And there's a lot to celebrate. In this episode, Mark and Brian talk about the theme of this year's party and walk through an entire day's event schedule. There will be commemorative cups, a commemorative beer, unusual coffees, and a game to keep you entertained. Listen up, you don't want to miss this.

    More at DoubleShotCoffee.com

    Download the new DoubleShot app here.

    19 February 2024, 5:03 pm
  • 38 minutes 44 seconds
    La Minita 2024

    January 20-25 Mark and Brian traveled down to Costa Rica to visit Hacienda La Minita. It was Mark's first foray into coffee territory. And La Minita was Brian's first origin trip in 2005. Here they chronicle some of the details of the trip, observations, and takeaways. To purchase a pound of La Minita, go to DoubleShotCoffee.com.

    Read more about the trip at DoubleShotCoffee.com/blogs/newsletter

    1 February 2024, 11:37 pm
  • 41 minutes 45 seconds
    Simple Pleasures

    Each year, Mark and Brian convene for one last episode of AA Cafe in which they enumerate their "Ten Things." Every year is different, but they all come from the heart. It's a moment to forget about all the turmoil of the holidays and take a breath before the onslaught of a new year, and to focus on some things that make life really special. This episode is all about simple pleasures. Think of your ten, they tell theirs. And if you want to see Brian's ten things he doesn't do, check that list out at DoubleShotCoffee.com. And while you're there, pick up a bag of Juan Ramon's cascara tea. Happy New Year.

    29 December 2023, 11:54 pm
  • 34 minutes 51 seconds
    Montelin Java Natural

    The DoubleShot's second and final holiday coffee is from Nicaragua! From a farm called Montelin in Nueva Segovia owned by a young man named Juan Ramon Diaz, jr. This episode is packed with info about the coffee, about the farm, and about the cascara that came from these coffee beans. Luis Miranda (Finca Massif) interviewed Juan Ramon in Spanish, and DoubleShot Folk hero Clint Stevens translated it all into English. Listen, and then go check out the latest holiday offerings at DoubleShotCoffee.com.

    18 December 2023, 12:48 am
  • 33 minutes 45 seconds
    Maracay Pink Bourbon

    The holidays are upon us, and the DoubleShot has released their first holiday coffee of the year: Maracay Pink Bourbon Natural. Mark and Brian convene to sip and talk about it. An interview with the producer of the coffee, Luz Helena Salazar, interpreted by Felipe Arcila, her son and the owner of Cofinet - the company that sold the coffee to DoubleShot. See the gifts mentioned on the podcast here: DoubleShotCoffee.com.

    21 November 2023, 1:19 am
  • 39 minutes 59 seconds
    Quindio, Colombia

    Felipe Arcila, the owner of a Colombian exporter called Cofinet, visited the DoubleShot earlier in the year to talk shop. Brian cupped a bunch of samples and bought a hefty alotment, all from one farm: Maracay. Obviously the roastmaster had to go and visit the farm, meet the producer (Luz Helena Salazar), and cup a lot more coffees. In this episode, Brian talks with his host from Cofinet, Maria Ocampo, en route to another coffee farm. Mark and Brian go over the main takeaways from the trip. You can find that Maracay coffee here: DoubleShotCoffee.com

    7 November 2023, 12:35 am
  • 14 minutes 9 seconds
    Ghosts - ReEDIT

    Originally recorded and published on Halloween 2016, this episode was re-Edited for Halloween night 2023. A weaving of ghost tales from the ever-memorable, former DoubleShot baker Shelley Womack and Big Bob Hendrick, who went off to BE a ghost in 2022. You can probably find him knocking around and flickering lights at The Rookery tonight. Happy Halloween.

    31 October 2023, 10:58 pm
  • 53 minutes 30 seconds
    The Coffee Purist

    This blockbuster episode marks the launch of a new Kickstarter campaign to fund The Coffee Purist, a coffee table book filled with the details, stories, and lessons from the career of Brian Franklin. As it were, Mark Brown takes the reigns in this episode and is joined by co-host Katie Hader. Brian joins in as a guest on his own show to line out all the details on the book, the project, and the rewards. 

    Read more about it on The Coffee Purist website: purist.coffee

    Or go straight to Kickstarter and back the project: kickstarter.com/projects/thecoffeepurist/the-coffee-purist

    Campaign ends November 28 at 11a. Don't wait. 

    28 September 2023, 10:31 pm
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