93 episodes

We are the Cross Country Coffee Roadshow, a podcast that travels the country, looking for the best java and coffee roasters on the planet. Season one, Route 66, season two Pacific Coast Highway, season three coast to coast the virtual edition. We look for, not only the best cup of coffee and roaster, but the reason these businesses, and the communities they’re in are so special. We focus on all things coffee, from bean to table. Highlighting independent coffee houses, roasters and sharing our interviews with owners, baristas, local color, musicians and community advocates. You will laugh and cry with our guests each week. Along the way, learn all aspects of coffee from harvesting, roasting, to sustainability, advocacy and on to that first glorious sip. How does this liquid gold get to your cup? Come hone your palate, and meet java novices, connoisseurs, and world renowned experts. We will transport you through an audio experience to great and unique coffee locations across this amazing country. Everyone has a story to tell. Traveling America, one coffee shop and roaster at a time.

Cross Country Coffee Roadshow Dan Linda McGarry-Coffee Podcast

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 61 Ratings

We are the Cross Country Coffee Roadshow, a podcast that travels the country, looking for the best java and coffee roasters on the planet. Season one, Route 66, season two Pacific Coast Highway, season three coast to coast the virtual edition. We look for, not only the best cup of coffee and roaster, but the reason these businesses, and the communities they’re in are so special. We focus on all things coffee, from bean to table. Highlighting independent coffee houses, roasters and sharing our interviews with owners, baristas, local color, musicians and community advocates. You will laugh and cry with our guests each week. Along the way, learn all aspects of coffee from harvesting, roasting, to sustainability, advocacy and on to that first glorious sip. How does this liquid gold get to your cup? Come hone your palate, and meet java novices, connoisseurs, and world renowned experts. We will transport you through an audio experience to great and unique coffee locations across this amazing country. Everyone has a story to tell. Traveling America, one coffee shop and roaster at a time.

    Quimbaya Colombian Coffee

    Quimbaya Colombian Coffee

    QUIMBAYA COLOMBIAN COFFEE LLC

    Owner Alex Lozano                                                                                                                   Windsor, WI



    Episode 91 "Hips Don't Lie"



    https://quimbayacoffee.com/



    Traveling the entire country looking for the best that the coffee world has to offer, as you know is our mission. Well this week we traveled our shortest distance ever, and found one of the best roasters in the  country. Alex Lozano was three long miles away at Quimbaya Colombian Coffee.



    How does a prosecuting attorney from Columbia end up in Wisconsin? That’s just the tip of the iceberg uncovered during this weeks episode. Alex, who grew up in the tropical district of Barranquilla, in the northern part of Colombia, next logical move... cheesehead land of course.  Must have been the weather. What do Colombia and  Wisconsin have in common?  More than you think. An eyeopener for those who think of the Midwest as only flyover land!



    Learn the meaning behind Quimbaya, and why Alex wants people to know about this  pre-Columbian society, and the importance of buying directly from the roasting source. Heresy!! no intermediary? Another great reason to buy Quimbaya coffee! Who else in the coffee business may end up personally delivering coffee to your front door!  If you look out the window you may be lucky enough to see his little barista, entrepreneur sidekick!



     Could you leave a successful career as a prosecutor in Colombia and travel to the United States to pursue a dream of owning your own business?  What was the "wake up moment" and what provoked it?  We are all vulnerable in life but sometimes it takes a near death experience to bring that into focus.



    "The best part of waking up" as the commercial jingle goes, always focused on the aroma of freshly made coffee. Learn the way his grandma made coffee and the imprint it made on his future in the coffee world. Just how can he (and we) help the farmers in Colombia? Find out the answer when he asked that question to the farmers directly.



    What did Alex soon realize when he began searching for the same coffee experience as the one he grew up with, and how did that lead him into the coffee business? Research, research, research, and the support of a good woman. A short meaningful conversation at a restaurant, the correct guess to a dialect question, and a business card led to a very special event. Alex's version is a bit longer, and it may include Shakira. Remember those hips don’t lie!!



    We cover a wide spectrum on this week's show, from the law, drug cartels, and the violence perpetrated against coffee farmers. If all that is not enough content for you... meet your new favorite music style this week...Cumbia!  Listen on Spotify Alex’s Quimbaya playlist and get ready to dance, dance, dance and feel like you're at the Carnaval de Barranquilla!  https://bit.ly/Quimbaya  



    BONUS for listeners? Persevere with the power of music and love, great advice in theses times. La Tierra Del Olvido feat. Carlos Vives | Playing For Change  https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=6exx0sB_iOA  



    Remember if you have a question, or topic you want us to follow up on from this week, or a roaster or store you think we should know about, leave it in the comment section for a future episode of CCCRS, we are happy to get that done.



     https://crosscountrycoffeeroadshow.com/contact/



    Follow us on social media, remember to like and subscribe, and  listen to this weeks Spotify playlist....remember "hips don't lie"



     

    • 44 min
    CCCRS Season 3 Update

    CCCRS Season 3 Update

    What do we do now?

    Cross Country Coffee Roadshow

    Sun Prairie, Wisconsin 53590



    We survived  this season despite many obstacles.  Unfortunately Covid prevented roundtrip travel, but we figured a way to interview some fantastic guests (hope you agree) virtually. We ran low on funds but with the help of a wonderful sponsor we were able to put together some amazing episodes, that hopefully did not show the behind the scenes financial and technical high wire act we were carrying out.



    So far this season we have covered not only US coffee issues but delved into the plight of some growers and coffee sustainability.  We truly traveled around the world interviewing entrepreneurs,  coffee experts,  NFL Super bowl champions, former Coast guardsman, women and minority run coffee business.  A coffee business (Aspire) supporting those with disabilities and world renowned authors. From both coasts, and Middle America to Colombia South America, and that fantastic "land down under" Melbourne Australia. We brought you stories that spanned these United States, learning more about coffee, production, sustainability, roasting, tasting and flavor profiles. We tackled  a Colombian Revolution along with the differences of fair and direct trade, and why independent stores are so, so important to this ecosystem. We hope we educated you on how to look for not only the best tasting coffee, but what it takes to bring you this magic elixir!  How do we maintain independence and sustainability in the coffee industry?  Ok now its your turn!



    All that being said we now need your help, and want to hear from you if you are out there listening to our episodes and reading this. Did we keep you entertained, did you learn anything? Are we providing you with the kind of stories, guests and witty banter, that you need in order for us to keep going. As they say its the rubber meets the road time, and before we travel the next highway in our show and our lives we need to hear from you.  Let me repeat WE NEED TO HEAR WHAT YOU THINK!



    As you can imagine there is a tremendous amount of work that goes into each episode and if you want us to continue you will need to let us know. If this podcast has entertained or enlightened you with these episodes and stories from passionate, entertaining, and thought provoking guests, the time to let us know is now.



    Our first two seasons were all self funded, and we were fortunate to have a great company for the first half of this season. We are now actively trying to find a suitable replacement, and wrestling with the two minds approach. Do we stay or Do we go. Your answers will help us make that decision.



    We will respond to all who contact us,...so once again, send your comments to contact@crosscountrycoffeeroadshow.com and perhaps we will continue our journey with more stories, education, and our continued search for the best coffee not only in these United States but worldwide!



    Next week Quimbaya Colombian Coffee from Colombia and Wisconsin!!  https://quimbayacoffee.com/



    Thank you for all the support you have given us so far and remember to buy your next bag of coffee using our show specific discount codes, and as always .....drink what you like and like what you drink.



    Dan and Linda



    Cross Country Coffee Roadshow

    • 4 min
    Amor Perfecto Coffee

    Amor Perfecto Coffee

    Amor Perfecto Coffee

    Colombia, South America

    Episode 90

    https://amorperfecto.com/



    We are back with Amor Perfecto in Colombia this week continuing with our “master class” series on the importance of roasting at origin. And now as they say…the rest of the story.

    Amor Perfecto is trying to upend the current coffee supply chain. Obstacles to changing 200 years of tradition? How did they manage to rock the coffee world and stay…and even grow and prosper in this hostile environment? The explosive flavor of this “freshest"’ coffee may have something to do with it. Listen to the voices of this team talk about their farmers, and why scanning one of their QR codes will take you right into that farmers story!



    Luis, called for nothing less than the overthrow of the status quo coffee system, and “decolonization", of an "antiquated supply chain". Viva la revolución!

    Coffee ground in a big store machine? What's not to love about that! Unless you like your coffee to taste like cigarettes, and more thoughts on coffee by a team member.

    Why is there no such thing as Italian coffee? And will there be a war over this debate? From Nescafe con leche, to a French Press. Luis sold his freshly ground coffee in his dried flower shop, and from there a movement began.



    What exactly do grapes grown in France and great wine have to do with an Oxford study on green coffee beans? How about eating potato chips on a plane? It will all make perfect sense when you listen to this week's episode with the entire crew of Amor Perfecto. The freshest podcast ever straight from Colombia….without any middleman.

    Check out their webpage and order the "World's Freshest Coffee" today, direct from Bogota. If you buy it now, you will receive our special listener discount and be sipping, savoring and enjoying the "rest of the story" from Amor Perfecto:



    Discount code: CCCRS20

    World's Freshest Coffee | Amor Perfecto

    Support@AmorPerfecto.com



    Make sure to check out this week’s playlist for Amor Perfecto Coffee on Spotify, to hear musical selections from our guests.https://spoti.fi/3x8uapn



    Remember if you have a question, or topic you want us to follow up on from this week, or any other episode of the CCCRS, we are happy to try to get that done.

    https://crosscountrycoffeeroadshow.com/contact/



     

    • 53 min
    Amor Perfecto

    Amor Perfecto

    Amor Perfecto Coffee

    Colombia, South America

    Episode 89



    https://amorperfecto.com/



    This week we traveled to Colombia to talk with the entire Amor Perfecto coffee team

    (Sara, Hunter, and Ignacio)along with Luis Fernando Velez, founder, to learn more about their award winning coffee, and what it took to bring it to market.



    Here’s your first choice: drink the “leftovers''? Or the cream of the crop made on a nearby farm at the perfect elevation. Not much of a choice…. Or so you would think. Listen to this week's episode of Law and Order CCCRS Columbia edition to find out why it may not have been that easy. Proof positive that tenacity, love of coffee and love of country do eventually pay off.



    Roast in country of origin? Heresy! Find out how a flower and flower shop led to the most award winning specialty coffee in Columbia. Sometimes you have to crack a few eggs to make an omelet, and this man and his team are truly on a mission.

    Did Luis have to break the law in order to produce, roast and sell his coffee? What was his impetus for this rebellious act?



    Our guests this week are Ignacio Iribarren, Hunter Rodgers, Sara Andrade and founder  Luis Fernando Valez. Ignacio was a former CEO for electric companies in Eastern Europe and Latin America, and Principal Investment Officer in the World Bank Group in Colombia before getting to know Amor Perfecto in Bogota .Hunter has 10 years experience in business and corporate strategy, marketing, digital advertising, product design & manufacturing, sales, and client relations. He specializes in brand development, capital raising and global roll-out.Sara is a Colombian Venezuelan, working in business and marketing traveling the world and in charge of Amor Perfecto international. And …Luis is her uncle …uncle Lucho the founder of Amor Perfecto



    Luis Fernando Valez, is the founder and driving force behind Amor Perfecto. He discovered his passion for coffee through a chance encounter with a French Press and a flower shop. His mission is to bring the freshest, best tasting Colombian coffee to the world.  Luis’s  journey takes him (and us) from farm to cup all the while receiving  more than 20 international awards



    How long would a conversation between Columbians last before Luis (uncle Lucho) began his crusade and how about now. What Colombians now know about their own coffee, and why things have changed due to Amor Perfecto!



    What do grapes have to do with green coffee beans? You will never look at this product from France the same after this interview.



    Frida Kahlo, hand picked beans, transparency, traceability, and increasing the farmers living wage. You want coffee demystified, you want content, this is your episode. In fact so much so that we have doubled your pleasure and separated these interviews into two equally unique and entertaining parts.

    Next week: the homework.. the due diligence … and investigative journalism portion along with the conclusion at Amor Perfecto!



    But wait there's more! You have to try this coffee while listening to next weeks episode. Check out their webpage and order the "Worlds Freshest Coffee"  today, direct from Bogota. If you buy it now, you will receive our special listener discount and be sipping, savoring and enjoying the "rest of the story" next week from Amor Perfecto:

    Discount code: CCCRS20



    World's Freshest Coffee | Amor Perfecto



    Support@AmorPerfecto.com



    Remember if you have a question, or topic you want us to follow up on from this week, or any other episode of the CCCRS, we are happy to try to get that done.

    https://crosscountrycoffeeroadshow.com/contact/



     



     

    • 35 min
    Destination Coffee with Jane Ormond

    Destination Coffee with Jane Ormond

    Jane Ormond

    Author Destination Coffee

    Melbourne, Australia

    Episode 88



    This week we traveled to the land “down under” to Melbourne Australia, and had a fascinating all things coffee chat with author Jane Ormond, on the release of her new book Destination Coffee.



    Readers beware! Destination Coffee may cause excessive daydreaming, as you fall in love with coffee and with travel all over again. Even if currently it's only “armchair” travel, it won't be long till you're back at your favorite coffee spot on the avenue des Champs-Élysées (or your local roaster) sipping and people watching with the occasional overheard snippet of fascinating conversation. That’s the kind of interview we had! So use this episode as a guide to prepare for that sojourn. 



    Are you shopping for the perfect home brewing appliance, or have anxiety over which is the best café in a local city while traveling here or abroad? Keep this guide nearby. Languishing over the history of coffee or using it as a quick reference guide this is a book for you and your next coffee destination! (Warning this book does not turn into a coffee table).



    Destination Coffee by Jane Ormond, the biggest little coffee book you will ever need. From the origins of coffee to brewing the perfect cup, recipes from around the world, and how to decode the coffee label. Stash this marvelous book in your carry on. 



    We covered it all this week, prohibition, the temperance movement, Diner coffee culture, New Orleans coffee history, and the biggest surprise best coffee city….and by the way how do you tell if you’re a coffee snob? Well exactly what is the process that you’re using to wash those beans? 



    Let Little Miss Baghdad take you on a magical trip around the world still holding her crown and scepter, and all for a few quid.



    Remember if you have a question, or topic you want us to follow up on from this week, or any other episode of the CCCRS, we are happy to try to get that done.

    https://crosscountrycoffeeroadshow.com/contact/



    Make sure to check out this week’s playlist for  Destination Coffee with Jane Ormond on Spotify, to hear musical selections from our guest.



    https://spoti.fi/3gbp2Jy



       

    • 47 min
    BLQK Coffee

    BLQK Coffee

    BLQK Coffee

    Justin Watson Founder and CEO

    Los Angeles, California

    Episode 87



    Join us this week as we go to the Los Angeles area to interview the men behind BLQK coffee, and learn what a celebration you can have when you marry good business practices with social justice motives and philanthropy. Find out how they are moving the needle in multiple areas through education and donations.



    A minority owned coffee company whose mission is to give back and change the world one cup of coffee at a time. Twenty five percent of their profits go to improve access to quality education, bridge opportunity gaps, and cultivate food justice. The kids who have the dreams but not the means will have the opportunity to investigate higher education, and to be exposed to a world they may not know even existed!



    Retired Super Bowl Champion Justin Watson used to fall asleep during play review meetings, until he was introduced to this wonderful concoction with caffeine called ...coffee....who knew? For this former St. Louis Rams running back, this may have been the beginning of his journey into the world of java, but definitely not where he ended up



    Ritchie Tuazon who is now a major portfolio manager, steeped in the investment world with multiple degrees from UC Berkeley, MIT Sloan and Harvard, to name a few, had a different coffee path, but what changed during the pandemic? .



    Brothers from different mothers. How could these guys grow up so differently and yet have such similar traits? Drive and determination crosses a lot of boundaries and neighborhoods. Learn how to make course corrections and give 110% in a business, in a game or in life. This is wise advice from anyone, but especially cogent and meaningful coming from these two.



    How does being kicked out of a Starbucks on Juneteenth, lead to a discussion about a “coffee project” and eventually the formation of BLQK? You think you know what that acronym stands for? Get educated this week, in more ways than one on the Roadshow.

    Justin and Ritchie recognized inequities in the world and decided to “move the needle” regarding minorities, education, and the lack of opportunities. The phrase pay if forward comes to real fruition with these two.



    Pour with a purpose, and Coffee Redefined. These two entrepreneurs are putting their slogans into real action not just platitudes



    From Max Ehrmann's Desiderata,  to let muddy waters stand, notes and quotes abound in this week's episode as each of these men bring their own unique perspective to BLQK Coffee.



    Justin and Ritchie not only want to make a difference, they want other companies to follow suit. That’s a revolutionary conversation!



    Educate yourself this week with Justin and Ritchie, and learn all about BLQK Coffee.



    Remember if you have a question, or topic you want us to follow up on from this week, or any other episode of the CCCRS, we are happy to try to get that done.

    https://crosscountrycoffeeroadshow.com/contact/



    And for our roadshow listeners be sure to use the code: crosscountryBLQK for a 20% discount.



    Make sure to check out this week’s playlist for BLQK Coffee on Spotify, to hear musical selections from our guests



    https://spoti.fi/3wIAsLJ

    • 57 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
61 Ratings

61 Ratings

The Crusties ,

The Crusties

Chemistry is critical to the flow of a successful and listen worthy podcast. Dan and Linda McGarry have an entertaining energy that makes the Cross Country Coffee Roadshow a delight to tune into. Listening is like having a cup of coffee with an old friend and talking about good times, bad times, and “wouldn’t it be nice if” times. Throw in some interesting stories, coffee facts, favorite songs and percolating politics, and you’ve got a really nice blend of easy listening. So well produced and engineered too!
Hopefully, CCCR will get back on the road for season #3 once this COVID conundrum is over. We’re looking forward to it!

Jay Dee K ,

Cross Country Coffee Roadshow

I have been listening to Cross Country Coffee Roadshow since it began. It is everything I expected and more: informative, humorous, entertaining, easy to follow, and easy listening. A great accompaniment to your cup of coffee. Try it, you’ll like it. ☕️

Mickyn3 ,

A guest to a listener

Awhile back on a trip, my husband and I had the privilege to be apart of this fantastic show. We’d stopped for coffee and treats, but were invited to be apart of the show! Our experience wasn’t unique when it comes to the show even though it was a blast to be apart of!

Each episode is thoughtful, fun, and informative. We started out as guests, but now listen whenever we get the chance.

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