Product guy in tech. Always curious. Co-host of The Better Show. 🎙️ Once upon a time, I helped start the mobile initiatives @ Amazon & Expedia.
Show Notes1:55 — We recap our conversation in part 1 about why coffee matters.7:07 — Darren and March discuss Bulletproof coffee.8:40 — Darren tells the story of how he first became interested in coffee and espresso.13:22 — Ian explains the art of roasting coffee beans.18:43 — The trade-off between acidity and bitterness.20:58 — The chemistry of coffee roasting and the importance of drying out the beans.26:26 — Ian explains how different coffee roasts are defined and how roasting coffee is a little like popping popcorn.34:40 — The goal of a good coffee roaster and how they balance different flavors in the bean roasting process.37:10 — The 5 stages of roasting coffee and what happens at each stage.37:44— How sugar content is affected by the roasting process and what that means to the final flavor of the drink.39:39 — The chemistry of caramelization and the joys of a good crème brulee.43:01 — March finds some similarities between coffee roasting and aging whiskey.43:59 — March introduces his new puppy, Leonard, to the YouTube audience.47:10 — Acidity versus bitterness and how we taste the different flavors.51:05 — Acidity versus aromatics and a short diversion to reflect on the taste of crayons. 🙂54:00 — Ian previews part 3 where we do a live coffee tasting (also called a cupping).Mentions📖 Book: World Atlas of Coffee📺 Documentary: Barista📺 Documentary: Baristas📦 Product: Library of coffee aromas
Show Notes8:05 —Ian answers the question why does coffee matter and why you might want to start exploring the world of coffee.11:40 —The 1st, 2nd, and 3rd “waves” of coffee history.12:05 — The connection between coffee and cultural histories across the world.15:25 — The depth of the world of coffee and how it compares to the world of wine.19:19 — March shares how he was first introduced to coffee and how he consumes it today. and26:31 — Darren shares how he discovered espresso in anticipation of a trip to Italy.31:19 — Darren recommends Zimbabwe coffee.32:41 — Ian shares his journey of becoming passionate about coffee and shares how he was first introduced to coffee at the famous Espresso Vivace.36:20 — What is commodity coffee and how does it differ from specialty coffee?41:40 — Ian shares the source of his fascination with the world of coffee.46:45 — What is the difference between the origin of coffee and its variety?55:55 — Ian breaks down some of the best varieties of coffee.1:08:30 — Different ways to process coffee.1:12:46 — How coffee is graded and what does a coffee’s “grade” actually mean.Mentions📖 Book: World Atlas of Coffee📺 Documentary: Barista📺 Documentary: Baristas📦 Product: Library of coffee aromas
Show Notes0:58 — Ian gets hungry for fresh veggies and Darren realizes that he knows someone who can help.4:58 — Darren welcomes Carmen Johnston to the show.7:19 — Darren learns a French term for a “kitchen garden”.7:59 — How gardening has become more popular since the COVID-19 pandemic.9:02 — Carmen gives us all permission to kill plants on the journey of learning how to do it.10:01 — How to get started without the need for a lot of space.12:30 — How to tell whether you are buying good soil.14:50 — Carmen weighs the pros and cons of use seeds versus starters.16:41 — Identifying the easy veggies to start growing.17:33 — Gardening as an exercise for home schooling.19:27 — Why you really want to grow tomatoes at home if you can and tips for growing tomatoes.23:22 — How to keep your herbs from “going to flower”.26:48 — How to know when (and how much) to water your plants.31:30 — How to know which plants will grow in your area.35:26 — The social aspect of gardening and how to leverage your local community to expand your knowledge and share your produce.38:21 — The magic of gardening in motivating kids to try new foods.41:40 — Carmen gives us her email and offers to provide personal advice to The Better Show community.44:29 — Ian, March, and Darren reflect on the tips from Carmen.46:19 — March makes a connection between gardening and venture capital.48:20 — The incredible growing environment of Ireland.52:40 — March reflects on the tips from Carmen that stood out most to him.55:16 — Ian is surprised at how many aspects of life can be improved by gardening.58:08 — Darren is inspired by the community aspect of gardening and how it can help strengthen our social fabric.59:20 — March shares resources for community gardening and community supported agriculture.Mentions📰 Blog: Four container gardens to plant today📰 Magazine: Southern Living Magazine📰 Website: Carmen Johnston Gardens📷 Social Media: Carmen Johnston on Instagram📦 Product: Grow Box for vegetables📰 Online Tool: Growing Calendar from📦 Product: Kitchen Herb starter kit
Show Notes3:47 — March discusses his interest in this topic and the benefits of music including increased ability to concentrate, improved performance in mathematics, improving mood and reduction of pain.4:55 — Darren and Ian share their relationship to music and their background with playing instruments.13:01 — Darren recommends an episode of Every Little Thing podcast titled “Secrets of the Symphony”13:55 —March shares his experience learning to play piano and the profound experience he had after picking it up after a long break.24:01 — Why does listening to music have so many benefits?27:37 — How educators use music to aid in memorization.29:42 — How to use music to improve your cognitive function.30:30 — What is music therapy.37:51 — Using music to improve your health including how to use music to motivate yourself to move.44:09 — Using music for pain reduction.46:04 — Using music to improve your mood.48:31 — The inclusion of music on the Voyager space probe.49:58 — Ian is curious about whether it’s important to listen to a wide variety of music.53:29 — The benefits of playing music.56:30 — We recommend our “Better Next Step”.Mentions📱 App: Endel personalized soundscapes📱 App :Bubl Draw —creative drawing with music for kids📦 Product: SleepPhones comfortable headphones for sleep🎙️ Podcast: Every Little Thing podcast titled “Secrets of the Symphony”
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