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The Cross Country Coffee Roadshow is traveling America, one coffee shop at a time. Our first season was Route 66, and second season is the Pacific Coast Highway. We are crossing the country, looking for the best independent coffee stores, and diving into the places and communities that make them so special. We are searching for not only the best cup of coffee, but also the most interesting personalities and human interest stories across this great land. We interview owners, baristas, musicians, "local color",and community advocates. Come along with us on this audio adventure as we introduce you to great and unique coffee shops, and personalities across this amazing country.

Cross Country Coffee Roadshow Dan Linda McGarry-Coffee Podcast

    • Places & Travel
    • 4.9 • 48 Ratings

The Cross Country Coffee Roadshow is traveling America, one coffee shop at a time. Our first season was Route 66, and second season is the Pacific Coast Highway. We are crossing the country, looking for the best independent coffee stores, and diving into the places and communities that make them so special. We are searching for not only the best cup of coffee, but also the most interesting personalities and human interest stories across this great land. We interview owners, baristas, musicians, "local color",and community advocates. Come along with us on this audio adventure as we introduce you to great and unique coffee shops, and personalities across this amazing country.

    MochaBox Coffee The 10th Person

    MochaBox Coffee The 10th Person

    Special Report Covid Coffee Chronicles

    Episode 78

    MochaBox Coffee

    Washington DC

    The 10th Person



    https://www.mochabox.com/



    This week we are talking to the owners of MochaBox Coffee, in Washington DC. Floyd Sartin & Harlin Thomas ll.

    From the east-side of Detroit to the nation's capital, how did these two decide to “see it and be it” The owner’s of MochaBox Coffee made their childhood dreams of success into reality.

    Not that there weren’t a few obstacles placed in their path along the way.



    With drugs and gangs in the neighborhood’s they grew up in, what are the statistical chances for success? Does it make a difference who you surround yourself with? Each separately decided to change their trajectory, and with that move the “coffee world” is better for it.This week we hear all about breaking into the coffee business with no previous background in java.



    Let’s start with their homage and a coffee brand name entering into their origin story. The Black Bottom area in Detroit, was originally named by early French colonial settlers for the dark, fertile topsoil found in the area. More importantly to our story it later became a thriving entrepreneurial black community, a cultural musical and business hub. That brings us to the MochaBox connection and their roast Black Bottom, that pays homage to their Detroit roots and that period of time. “Lively” medium dark, floral notes,and hints of honey, designed for everybody. Detroit you should be proud! Rwanda, Columbia, and Haiti, see how they decided to choose the green beans that bring people back for more. Direct vs Fair Trade what about the farmers? What do you want your coffee purchase to go towards?



    Dark and Lovely, Black Bottom, or Haiti Blue? How about all three. This week's episode will help you refine your palate while learning from these “ coerced “ roasters what you should be drinking.



    Subscription coffee service to roasting and “pop ups''. Building, pivoting, and adapting to Covid-19, and racial and social injustice issues with this fabulous AfricanAmerican small business. They are clearly bound for entrepreneurial success. With multiple college degrees between them, how easy was it to get started, and still what did they learn in a panel discussion that tells us all a lot about the coffee industry, subtle racism and the lack of inclusivity!

    From college experience, wing men, aspirations and how actually studying can help you graduate. Would you change religions for a date?

    If you surround yourself with 9 successful people who will be the 10th person?



    Make sure to check out this week's playlist for MochaBox on Spotify,to hear musical selections from our guests.

    https://spoti.fi/2YIUBTo



    As a special bonus for a limited time use code Crosscountry20 when you buy your java at MochaBox!!



    Listen to Coffee Facts this week as we ask what exactly is a “pop up”?

    Join us for Literary Latte where Floyd and Harlin share their favorite books, and why they are significant.



    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 in the segment we call Free Refills. Just leave us a message at are web-page



    https://crosscountrycoffeeroadshow.com/



    email directly: https://crosscountrycoffeeroadshow.com/contact/

    • 52 min
    Three Keys Coffee Notes and Melodic Roasts

    Three Keys Coffee Notes and Melodic Roasts

    Special Report Covid Coffee Chronicles

    Episode 77

    Three Keys Coffee

    Houston Texas

    Notes and Melodic Roasts



    https://threekeyscoffee.com/



    Find a job where you get to use both sides of your brain. Connecting the dots from mechanical engineering to coffee roasting was not hard for Tio Fallen. It started with a generational link that combines the love of music and figuring out “the way things work” Grandfather was so proud, as Dan Fogelberg sang " Your blood runs through my instrument" Out of his interesting genetic blend Three Keys Coffee was born.



    But not so fast. From thermal dryness and temperature, versus time signatures and rate of rise...whoa what is this science class? Which note comes next? How about Here Comes the Bride? Put on your lab coat and catch the bouquet, science and passion together are hard to beat. From New York Facebook and friending everyone,to nonchalant, who’s the one that now buys the LP’s ???. With Kenzel’s MBA in finance from Duke, and Tio’s Masters in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan they wound up in Houston owning their own roastsery!



    We explore true serendipity! Pocket-watches, to a coffee shop meeting who knows what the catalyst will be and where that ripple will end. Probably with this couple on a high note!



    Is there a silver lining in Covid-19 pandemic and the current wave of social injustices? The answer makes sense when you listen to their story.

    Alert Alert danger Will Robinson you will need the Spotify playlist for this week's episode….while not mandatory highly recommended .

    Tunes Trumpets and technology, grab the record player yes, I said records, mix the old and new and jump jive onto the “A Train” with Tio and Kenzel as we visit Three Keys Coffee in Houston Texas this week.



    Check out this weeks Spotify Playlist recommend by our guests.



    https://bit.ly/ThreeKeysCoffee



    Stayed tuned for additional new episodes of Covid Coffee Chronicles later this month!

    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 in the segment we call Free Refills. Just leave us a message at are web-page

    https://crosscountrycoffeeroadshow.com/

    • 30 min
    Sip & Sonder For the Commuity For the Culture

    Sip & Sonder For the Commuity For the Culture

    Special Report Covid Coffee Chronicles

    Episode 76

    Sip and Sonder

    108 S Market St, Inglewood, CA 90301

    For the Community For the Culture



    https://www.sipandsonder.com/



    Sonder: “the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own—populated with their own ambitions, friends, routines, worries and inherited craziness—an epic story that continues invisibly around you like an anthill sprawling deep underground, with elaborate passageways to thousands of other lives that you’ll never know existed, in which you might appear only once, as an extra sipping coffee in the background, as a blur of traffic passing on the highway, as a lighted window at dusk”. Taken from the dictionary of obscure sorrows.



    This week we continue with our series on minority owned coffee business that may have been marginalized, or overlooked. We delve into some of the history of that marginalization and talk about why there aren’t more Black owned coffee shops. How far should you have to go outside your neighborhood to find them? This months cover models for Barista Magazine can fill you in.



    From high powered law firms and practicing attorneys, to coffee shop owners, how does that happen? Amanda Jane Thomas and Shanita Nicolas met when they were newbie lawyers just out of law school, working at the same firm. Based on their past experiences with coffee and “coffee shops” they found through “therapy sessions” they shared a common passion. The germination of Sip and Sonder is the story of two very determined Black women, with a vision. They were determined to bring the ‘coffee shop experience” to the neighborhood and communities they loved. We also answer definitively what’s the best part of law school and where you should go to study for the Bar exam.

    Do you think there are major disparities, and injustices with black businesses , and coffee shop owners in particular? And why aren’t there more great coffee stores in black and brown communities? Money skin color and prejudice, how long did it take these two Ivy League educated black lawyers to obtain a loan for their shop? What kind of effect is BLM having on Sip & Sonder now, and what is the one question from patrons that they welcome. Why is a Third Space so important to them?

    Eye opening and honest discussion, with Amanda Jane and Shanita.



    Listen to Coffee Facts this week as we explore the difference between direct trade vs fair trade.



    Literary Latte . Amanda and Shanita their favorite books, and the significance they hold for each.



    We have truly had a “sonderiztion” experience this week and we hope you both enjoy and are enlightened. For the community, for the culture all of our lives are unique.



    Check out this weeks Spotify Playlist for all the songs recommend by our guests.



    https://bit.ly/SipandSonder



    Stayed tuned for additional new episodes of Covid Coffee Chronicles later this month!

    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 in the segment we call Free Refills. Just leave us a message at are web-page

    https://crosscountrycoffeeroadshow.com/

    • 33 min
    Aspire CoffeeWorks Better Together

    Aspire CoffeeWorks Better Together

    Special Report Covid Coffee Chronicles

    Episode 75 Aspire CoffeeWorks

    Better Together



    This week we continue with our series on minority owned coffee business and organizations that highlight previously marginalized, or overlooked groups. In this episode we focus on the latter heading to Chicago Illinois, Aspire CoffeeWorks. This is a company dedicated to employing adults with and without disabilities working side by side. Can you change a life simply by buying coffee... tune in this week to find out.

    And how good is the coffee? How about award-winning roast?



    Our first guest this week is Katie Welge,managing director at Aspire CoffeeWorks.

    When society overlooks people with disabilities it takes more than just a few well meaning people to step up.Enter Metropolis Coffee, renowned for their award winning java and dedication to sustainability, and fair trade. When approached with the idea of becoming a corporate sponsor for Aspire they jumped on board and Aspire CoffeeWorks was born. Here everyone loves coming to work, no joke. Adults with and without disabilities work together in a productive, successful (and profitable) environment. Did someone say a template for a nationwide program? The only thing you will be left wondering is why you haven’t thought of, or participated in this.

    Truly inspiring and life-changing coffee sales, where 100% of net proceeds go to programs and services.

    Based on Katie's story we know where she got her motivation and desire to work with these great employees. Highschooler's can be intentionally or unknowingly cruel sometimes, but Katie managed to find a societal solution for these acts… and she did it during her lunch hour.



    Meet Ben, our next guest who has Fragile X syndrome, a genetic condition that causes a range of developmental problems including learning disabilities and cognitive impairment. He has been a team member at Aspire CoffeeWorks for the last five years, and is one of their biggest salesmen! What happened at an outreach during his presentation at a major law firm will not surprise you, once you listen to his interview!



    It takes lots of individuals, businesses and corporate connections to make this all work. Metropolis and Canteen are just two of the major partners. How did that come about and how can you get involved? We will take you through the whole program, selection hiring, training to full fledged “mock ups” of multiple real world opportunities.



    We tackle the rewards of stepping outside your comfort zone, related to people with disabilities. Much like the current challenges we face with social injustice and discrimination of people of color, we will remain fearful of people we don’t know. Katie encourages everyone to take a leap of faith and interact with these people with disabilities. Buy Aspire Coffee Now. Change a life and get award winning java. Win/Win.



    https://aspirecoffeeworks.com/product-category/coffee/



    Check out this weeks Spotify Playlist for all the songs recommend by our guests.



    https://bit.ly/AspireCoffeeWorks



    Stayed tuned for additional new episodes of Covid Coffee Chronicles later this month!

    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 in the segment we call Free Refills. Just leave us a message at our web-page

    https://crosscountrycoffeeroadshow.com/

    • 38 min
    Kahawa 1893 Educate a Girl Educate a Village

    Kahawa 1893 Educate a Girl Educate a Village

    Special Report Covid Coffee Chronicles

    Episode 74

    Kahawa 1893

    Educate a Girl, Educate a Village



    This episode with a single guest, is a little bit on the long side, but the time will fly by as you listen! Kenya, coffee, slavery, Blockchain, the unbanked, Black owned business challenges, women’s rights and empowerment… and that’s just in the first 10 minutes! Powerful questions asked and answered about inequality, the color of our skin, and assumptions that need to be dealt with. What is active vs passive racism?



    With a huge economic inequality in the global coffee industry, find out what this CEO Margaret Nyamumbo is doing to rectify this imbalance. Listen to the pure logic of using coffee as a vessel to improve the quality of life, create a living wage and thereby improve society as a whole. From third generation coffee farmer in Kenya to founder and CEO of coffee company Kahawa 1893 Margaret talks about the hurdles she overcame to be able to get to where she is now. What is she often mistaken for at conferences with coffee big wigs and why??

    This week in addition to coffee flavor exploration we also get a brief history lesson. When the British arrived, what was the one strong advantage that they had going for them in Africa? Who had to fight for the right to not only grow coffee but drink it? Margaret’s ancestors played a pivotal role in how she landed in the business she is in today.



    How is the fighting for the rights of women in Kenya directly tied to her coffee brand? And how does the new way of banking, currency and reimbursement play directly into what she sees as a successful future for her countrymen?



    Swahili, coffee and Kahawa 1893, origins of coffee? origins of humans? Get out your note taking apparatus because you are gonna get schooled!

    When you buy coffee at a chain, or any coffee shop, just how much of that purchase actually goes to the women who provide the labor? And what exactly does digital currency, M-Pesa and Blockchain have to do with it?

    Want to not only have some great coffee but feel good at the same time? You can! Start by buying Margaret’s coffee. Thus begins a chain reaction that supports multiple levels of independence,empowerment, community development and economic and social advancement in equality. One heck of a lot for buying a bag of beans!!



    Listen to our next episode in the Covid Coffee Chronicles series on coffee and social injustice. Knowledge is power, so be brave and ask the hard questions. Remember we can all do something.



    The saying in Swahili is “If you educate the girl you educate a community”.

    Enjoy, educate, empower and do good all with your next sip!



    Check out this weeks Spotify Playlist for all the songs recommend by our guest.



    https://bit.ly/Kahawa1893



    Stayed tuned for additional new episodes of Covid Coffee Chronicles later this month!

    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 in the segment we call Free Refills. Just leave us a message at are web-page

    https://crosscountrycoffeeroadshow.com/

    • 45 min
    AOSA Coffee A Perfect Blend

    AOSA Coffee A Perfect Blend

    Special Report Covid Coffee Chronicles



    Episode 73



    AOSA Coffee



    16821 Algonquin St #104,



    Huntington Beach, CA 92649



    A Perfect Blend



    We, like many Americans have had to change course, since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. We are now practicing social distancing, and no longer traveling the country in person. We have developed a series of special remote episodes focusing on how the pandemic is affecting small businesses and stores that were not initially  on our radar. With this next series of episodes we'll be focusing on the recent impact of increased social injustice, and areas of conscious and implicit discrimination. We will gather different perspectives on these issues and what this new reality looks like. Many still don’t understand the meaning and implications of what is taking place with the social injustice movement and Black Lives Matter.  We will be launching some deep dive questions about race, privilege and implicit bias. The conversation needs all of us.



    We will focus on minority owned coffee shops/businesses and locations that are promoting social justice dialogue and discussion about prejudicial behavior. Along that vein we also discovered coffee businesses that feature a segment of the population often left out, and that is Americans with disabilities.



    Our first interview in this series is with AOSA Coffee in Huntington Beach, CA. Keyana Hill owner of AOSA is black and her parents are from Belize, and her husband is white. They are the perfect couple to kick off this dialogue and exchange of viewpoints. Did being an interracial couple help or hinder their business? What were the community changes Key found, once she moved from her home in Riverside to Huntington Beach?



    We took a deep dive into some of the courageous conversations they both have had with their customers. There is a particularly poignant discussion with the wife of a policeman. Mike gives a very personal and unique perspective of being a white man, married to a black woman. Does this give him a special insight? And what kind of conversations does he get, and how can they be helpful to all of us.



    Check out this weeks Spotify Playlist for all the songs from our guests.



    https://bit.ly/AOSACoffee



    Stayed tuned for additional new episodes of Covid Coffee Chronicles later this month!

    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 in the segment we call Free Refills. Just leave us a message at are web-page

    https://crosscountrycoffeeroadshow.com/



     

    • 26 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
48 Ratings

48 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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