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Pass the Brew

Pass the Brew

By Marc Cunningham
This Podcast started out as a way for me to talk about coffee and sports with people who didnt roll their eyes when I got too in depth about it. But as these things often do, it has evolved!

Pass the Brew is a podcast that brings people involved in coffee together to talk about life, coffee, and what ever else may interest them. Sometimes thats sports, sometimes its lego, sometimes its Star Wars. Coffee is about community, and that is the aim of this podcast, to bring people together in community to have conversations. I hope that you enjoy these as much as I do!
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Pass The Brew Special: The Shop Table ft. LaNisa Williams, Kat Melheim and Ben Hamilton
The Shop Table is back! A group of people coming together virtually as if we were sitting around a coffee shop table. On this episode we have an awesome group of folks who have all found a niche in the coffee industry slightly outside the norm. Part of what is exciting about this episode is that between the 4 of us we cross 4 time zones, 3 countries and 2 continents! This was such a fun episode to do so I hope that you enjoy it as much as I did!
October 29, 2020
Pass The Brew: Ft. Dre Murray and Billy Wiginton (Black Gold Creative)
On todays episode of Pass the Brew, I welcome Dre Murray and Billy Wiginton of Black Gold Creative! Billy and Dre have been running a podcast together and will soon be launching their own coffee. Dre, Billy and I talk about pretty much eveything, and we do it despite our internet connections attempting to kick us off. We do laugh at Billy quite a bit for some technological misshaps, but you'll just have to listen to hear that. Enjoy the episode!
October 22, 2020
Pass The Brew: Ft. Kyle Rowsell (Brew at Home Blog)
On todays episode of Pass the Brew, I welcome fellow Canadian (one of the few so far) Kyle Rowsell! Kyle is the man behind the beautiful Instagram page @brewathomeblog. Kyle is a youth pastor outside of coffee and is one of the most passionate people I think I have ever met, and you can hear it in his voice! Kyle and I talk life, coffee, faith and brewing and it was such an easy conversation. Kyle is one of the few home baristas on instagram really focusing on espresso and truly helping people brew better espresso at home. I hope you enjoy this awesome conversation!
October 15, 2020
Pass The Brew: Ft. Bartholomew Jones (Owner of Cxffee Black)
On this episode of Pass The Brew I welcome Bartholomew Jones to the show! This has been an episode that I have really been looking forward to. Bartholomew is the owner of Cxffee Black, which is a multiple layer coffee brand incorporating music, merch and of course coffee in order to help reclaim coffee for the Black Diaspora. If you don't know about Batholomew and Cxffee Black, give this episode a listen and then go support the awesome work that Bartholomew is doing. Enjoy the listen!
October 8, 2020
Pass The Brew: Ft. Matt McNeilly (Co-Owner of Merci Coffe + Connections)
On this episode of pass the brew I sit down with my good friend and fellow Canadian, Matt McNeilly. Matt and his wife Jess own and opperate a mobile coffee truck called Merci Coffee + Connections out in British Columbia. Matt and I (despite both being Canadians) met for the first time in Belfast Northern Ireland where we both worked in the specialty coffee industry. Matt and I chat about how he and his wife wound up there in the first place and how they went from their to owning their own mobile coffee truck back in Canada. Matt and Jess are two of the most genuine people you will meet, and this was an excellent conversation with Matt. Enjoy!
October 1, 2020
Pass The Brew: Ft. Emily Adkison (Head roaster at Buon Giorno Coffee)
On todays episode of Pass The Brew, I welcome Emily Adkison, the head roaster of Buon Giorno Coffee down in Texas. Emily also runs a coffee blog called Out of the Brew. Emily and I have an awesome conversation where we talk about not only her journey in specialty coffee, but our shared love of Tolkien! She aslo gives me a rundown of what is going on in the roasting process, and the things she has to think about while roasting. I hope you learn as much as I did from Emily! Enjoy.
September 24, 2020
Pass The Brew Special: The Shop Table ft. Kenny Baker, Carlos Sims Jr, Stephen Zinnerman
On this special episode of Pass The Brew, we launch a new series called The Shop Table. On the Shop Table I will be bringing in several former guests to have a group conversation. For the first episode we have former guests Stephen Zinnerman, Kenny Baker, and Carlos Sims Jr. This is an awesome episode where we just have some fun getting to know each other a bit more, make fun of Carlos for likeing the Jaguars, and talk about the difficulty of running a small business in todays climate.  This podcast has allowed me to meet some incredible people, and I consider these three friends now, so I hope you enjoy this episode as much as I did. Happy listening!
September 17, 2020
Pass The Brew: Ft. LaNissa Williams (Owner of Barista Life LA)
On this weeks episode of Pass the Brew I welcome Lanissa Williams, owner of Barista Life LA and all around dope coffee person. LaNissa and I sit down and chat about life before coffee and what she enjoys doing outside of coffee. But of course the main part of the conversation is about LaNissa's journey to specialty coffee, and her decision to create Barista Life LA. LaNissa's passion is clear in our conversation and I am so excited to share this episode with you! Enjoy.
September 10, 2020
Pass The Brew: Ft. Alexander Mills (Coffee Blogger + Photographer)
On this episode of PTB I get to sit down with Alexander Mills, an incredibly talented photographer and coffee blogger. Alexander is one of the most knowledgable coffee people that I know and has dedicated a large chunk of his time, energy and talents to share that in an approachable way. Alex and I talk about his love of the Toronto Maple Leafs, his very first experiences with specialty coffee, and what he hopes to accomplish with his own voice in the coffee industry. I have learned loads from Alexander, and I hope you do to!
September 3, 2020
Pass The Brew: Ft. Ben Hamilton (Former GM of Guilt Trip Coffee and Owner of Process)
On this episode of Pass The Brew I sit down with my very good friend Ben Hamilton, former general manager of Guilt Trip Coffee and owner of the coffee brand Process. Ben and I talk about his life as a coffee proffesional with a young family, his current project "Process" and a little bit about his music career. Ben is one of my fav humans of all time so you should for sure give this episode a listen. Enjoy!
August 27, 2020
Pass The Brew: Ft. Kat Melheim (Owner, Editor, Operator of Coffee People Zine)
On this episode of PTB I get to sit down with Kat Melheim, owner, operator, and editor of Coffee People Zine. Kat has worked in so many different facets of the coffee industry and has seen how amazing it can be, and the areas that need imporvement. Kat and I discuss her journey into and through specialty coffee and how she came to create the Zine, which aims to showcase the other creative talents of coffee professionals. Kat has an innate desire to help people feel seen, and you can hear it in the way she talks about her passions. This is another excellent conversation and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
August 20, 2020
Pass The Brew: Ft. Ibrahim Bedaso (Owner of Oromo Coffee Beans)
On this episode of PTB I get to sit down with Ibrahim Bedaso of Oromo Coffee Beans in Chicago. I won't lie, this episode is incredibly special! Not only does Ibrahim tell us about his coffee journey, but also about how important coffee is to the people who discovered it, the Oromo People. This is a must listen for any coffee drinkers out there. Ibrahim also tells us his goals for his business, and how he hopes to import some of the Oromo culture surrounding coffee to those of us in North America. I hope you enjoy as much as I did!
August 13, 2020
Pass The Brew: Ft. Stephen Zinnerman (Owner of The Coffee Enthusiast)
On this episode of PTB I sit down with Stephen Zinnerman who is the owner along with his wife of The Coffee Enthusiast, a roastery down in North Carolina. Stephen and I talk a little bit about sports, we talk about his life and history, and of course we talk about coffee! Stephen opens up about his journey in coffee, including the barriers that he has faced as a Black man in the coffee industry.  Stephen has incredible passion for his work and for others, and you can hear it in this conversation! Hope you enjoy!
August 6, 2020
Pass The Brew (NFL SPECIAL) Power Rankings Pt. 2: Ft. Jess Kampen
Pt 2. of the PTB power rankings episode with Jess Kampen. Jess and I discuss who we have from 18-1 in our rankings. We get a little bit more fired up in this episode about where we have people ranked but overall a surprisingly friendly conversation for the two of us! I hope that you enjoy the 2nd half!
July 30, 2020
Pass The Brew (NFL SPECIAL) Power Rankings Pt. 1: Ft. Jess Kampen
FOOTBALL SPECIAL! I am pumped for this series of episodes where Jess and I sit down and debate football, specifically NFL, things. We are both fans and not professional analysts in any way so don't take our word for our rankings, but just enjoy the arguing. In Pt. 1 of our power rankings, Jess and I discuss some of the recent NFL news and then lay out our lists from 32-19 of how we think this year will play out. I hope you enjoy because I know I enjoyed discussing it! Go 9ers!
July 28, 2020
Pass The Brew: Ft. Kenny Baker (Owner of Ethnos Coffee)
On this episode of PTB I sit down with Kenny Baker, owner of Ethnos Coffee in Memphis and avid basketball fan. Kenny and I throw our best guess out for who can bring home the NBA championship in Orlando, and talk our favorite teams.  Then we get to the good stuff. Kenny talks to us about his journey in coffee and how he started a business with 100$. Kenny also talks about his experiences in Memphis and his hope for the future of the coffee industry. This is an incredible episode so I hope you enjoy!
July 23, 2020
Pass The Brew: Ft. Jamie Phillips (D1 Goalie Coach and Former Professional Goaltender)
On this episode of PTB, I sit down with Jamie Phillips a former professional ice hockey goaltender drafted by the Winnipeg Jets and current Division 1 goalie coach at Michigan Tech. Jamie and I talk his love of specialty coffee as well as his journey as a professional athlete. Jamie tells us what it is like making the transition to the pro game and what his goals are in retirement. Enjoy the listen! 
July 16, 2020
Pass The Brew: Ft. Carlos Sims Jr (Owner of Happy Home Coffee Roasters)
Today on Pass the Brew, I sit down with Carlos Sims Jr, owner of Happy Home Coffee roasters and former College running back. We chat about his experience with injuries in football and transitioning into the coffee world, as well as his experience as a Black man in an industry that is mostly white. Carlos shares the vision of his company, and his hope for the future of the coffee industry! This episode is dope so get it in your ears.
July 9, 2020
Pass The Brew: Ft. Callum Black (Owner of Guilt Trip Coffee + Professional Rugby Player)
Boom! Its the first true episode of Pass The Brew and we have Callum Black with us as a guest. Callum Black is a professional rugby player and owner of Guilt Trip Coffee and Donuts, a specialty coffee and donut shop located in Belfast Northern Ireland, and the first place I worked in specialty coffee. Today on the pod we talk about Callum's rugby journey as well as how he got to opening his own shop and what that journey has been like. Enjoy the listen!
July 2, 2020
Pass The Brew: Intro Pod!!
It's here! I have finally got the podcast off the ground and this episode is just a short intro of what the podcast is and what I hope to accomplish with it. This is the beginning of something special, and I can't wait to share these conversations with you all!
June 25, 2020