No Free Refills is a pop culture podcast hosted by Ezra Baker (Stumptown Coffee) and Tymika Lawrence (Atlas Coffee), produced by Sprudge collaborator Jeremy Hernandez. This is a totally new and different kind of coffee show: pop culture obsessives Ezra Baker and Tymika Lawrence are offering guided deep dives into the world of reality TV, internet culture, and modern life. Fueled by a delicious pot of coffee at the start of each episode, our hosts tackle the big issues, revel in the mess, and offer plenty of laughs along the way.
Coffee pop-culture podcast No Free Refills is back for another thought-provoking, insight-serving episode about Toxic Masculinity. Hosts Tymika Lawrence and Ezra Baker discuss the ins-and-outs of the social construct and its inherent destructiveness and pervasiveness—from stalking, violent and misogynistic viral TikTok stars, to CrossFit.
On the latest episode of No Free Refills, Ezra and Tymika drink and discuss new show sponsor Dayglow Coffee while sipping on Drop Coffee’s Ana Sora Ethiopia and Dayglow’s own F01 before diving into the pop-culture internet phenomenon of stan culture.
Grinnell College describes fan culture, or fandom, as a term that “describes communities built around a shared enjoyment of an aspect of popular culture, such as books, movies, TV shows, bands, sports or sports teams, etc. Fan cultures are examples of participatory cultures. Participatory cultures involve fans acting not only as consumers but also as producers and creators of some form of creative media. Though most fan cultures, including sports fans and fans of music groups, have elements of participatory culture, media fandom in particular encourages creative expression and artistic production by its participants.”
What separates your typical fandom with standom is a combination of rabid loyalty, social media, and a bit of stalker behavior. NPR explains, “while some say the term is a combination of ‘fan’ and ‘stalker,’ ‘stan’ was first coined in 2000 when Eminem dropped a twisted allegory in a song called ‘Stan,’ about a man who was pushed to the edge when his idol wouldn’t answer his fan mail. The word used to be synonymous with overzealous or obsessed. But nearly 20 years later, it’s become a badge of honor for fans committed enough to show up and go all out for their favorite star on the Internet.” NPR warns, “if motivated enough, stans that congregate on social media actually can change the trajectory of their artist’s path — and the life of anyone who stands in the way. This shift in power dynamics can even dictate what kind of music the artist makes, how they perform it and who gets to hear it. It’s creating a feedback loop that can reward performative online personas more than genuine artistic vision.”
Stan communities discussed:
Nicki Minaj – The Barbz
Rihanna – Navy
Beyoncé – BeyHive
Mariah Carey – The Lambily
The Meaning of Mariah Carey (on audiobook — Mariah Carey both reads and sings)
It's officially wedding season—and it's a busy wedding season. To celebrate, No Free Refills hosts Tymika Lawrence and Ezra Baker sip coffee while discussing their favorite wedding reality shows, catered food served cold, venues, dresses that look good for her, and so much more.
No Free Refills is sponsored by Pacific Barista Series and Seattle Coffee Gear.
Harry & Meghan
The focus of episode eight is the explosive Oprah Winfrey interview with American-born Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, and her husband, Prince Harry. Perhaps you are familiar with it.
No holds are barred, no punches pulled—Baker and Lawrence go deep in this conversation, exploring centuries of colonial hierarchies and racist societal structures that impact how we think, act, and yes, even drink (it's no accident they're sipping tea on this episode). This is a fearless no-F's-given broadcast and it makes for an incredible show.
Sex and the City
The focus of episode seven is the hit HBO romantic-comedy series Sex and the City based on Candace Bushnell's 1997 book. Why focus on a decades-old series? Several reasons! Quarantine streamers are rediscovering the series on the new streaming platform HBO Max, and there's much buzz about the soon-to-be-released reboot And Just Like That.
The Vow NXIVM Documentary Series
In this week's episode, hosts Tymika Lawrence and Ezra Baker dive into the HBO documentary series The Vow. Each episode of No Free Refills kicks off with a drink, and in this week's show, Lawrence drinks a Pét-Nat while Baker sip Go Get Em Tiger Nano Challa from Ethiopia.
This episode is sponsored by Seattle Coffee Gear and Pacific Foods.
Tymika and Ezra are smart, witty and insightful! I’m not a huge pop culture person but I learn a lot and enjoy their conversations and especially Ezra’s laugh!
when’s the live show
Because I no longer have a commute to listen to podcasts, I take walks around my neighborhood every time a new episode drops. This podcast is so smart and so funny, and you don’t have to be a coffee person to learn something from these two. I’ll watch anything they tell me to. Snatch your grandma’s passwords so you can, too. Can’t wait for the live show one day?! Five stars! Ezra and Tymika are the best and brightest.
The coffee podcast we needed
Coffee is so insular and it’s refreshing to hear coffee pros cover something other than extraction or roast theory. And who doesn’t love trash tv!?
I just hope they discuss Love Island soon