Go Get ‘Em Tiger is the name of G&B Coffee’s second location. The “G” is for Kyle Glanville (USBC Champion 2008) and the “B” is for Charles Babinski (crowned the NWRBC champion this very week, as it turns out, and going on to compete in the USBC for the national title!). I have NO idea why they named their first location G&B and then went with something insane like Go Get ‘Em Tiger for the second. There’s probably a neat story in there somewhere. But I do know I dig it. And I know this: GGET (as they like to abbreviate themselves) is….AWESOME.
You should know, friends, that I’m not a fan of change for change’s sake. A LOT of people push boundaries just to say they did something different. And I will say that GGET is not immune to that accusation on a limited basis. But these guys are basically walking around with sticks of dynamite looking for the status quo and then demolishing it! Here’s a photographic journey through what we saw when we visited….
And there’s one other thing I did not take a picture of because it’s something they do not have: A Point of Sale. There is no obvious place to form a line and wait your turn. Instead there’s just a long bar and you kind of “belly up” to it wherever you can and put your order in. Revolutionary! Here again, I’m not sure I like this, but I might like it. My main feeling is that these guys get mad props for messing with the status quo…shaking things up and seeing if they can’t improve it a bit. And I love that.
One picture. One moment. One reminder to stop and be grateful for this beautiful life.
We did a quick trip to Los Angeles where Carissa judged at the Big Western Barista Competition. It was pretty much down and back, but we did manage to squeeze in a little fun and another dozen or so coffee shops. I’ll be writing about the coffee stuff in the coming weeks, but meanwhile here are a few pics from our adventure!
…you plan your day around when and where you’re going to have access to toilets so you can reduce the frequency of trips to empty yours.
…you can’t drive through a neighborhood without identifying possible parking spots – even when you are never going to need to park in that neighborhood.
…your favorite part of doing community dinner at someone else’s home is access to their oven.
…you can’t set anything down… anywhere… ever…without the thought crossing your mind “is that going to stay there when I start driving?”
…you can’t turn on a faucet…anywhere….ever…without thinking about where that water is coming from and wondering how much of it is left.
…you’re on a first-name basis with every employee of every grocery store in town because your refrigerator is the size of a shoe box, making you go shopping constantly.
…you’ve identified all the best places to get LP gas, rated for price, customer service and – most importantly – whether there’s sufficient room to pull an RV next to the tank.
…you hold magnets and velcro in higher esteem than all else.
If any of these are true about you, you JUST MIGHT live in an RV!