Sump Cold Brew Cans

At the end of April 2019, St Louis-based coffee roaster & shop Sump Coffee announced a partnership with 4 Hands Brewing Company to make a line of canned cold brew coffee. 

Today, I finally tracked down a can. They sell them at Hello Juice in South St Louis, which was on my way as I was running Saturday errands with the kids. 

If you haven’t had Sump Coffee before, it’s amazing. Sump owner Scott & team do a masterful job of roasting coffee beans and brewing coffee that tells the coffee’s story.

I know that may sound weird but… for the longest time, I always thought of coffee was one note. It was dark and tasted like I imagined what it’d be like to lick cement. 

When you go to a coffee shop like Sump, you see that coffee can have depth. You don’t need the flavored creamer that artificially tastes like caramel or strawberries. The coffee itself has notes of strawberry or caramel. It’s crazy.  It’s like drinking great wine or a fine craft beer.

Suffice it to say, I had high expectations when getting the cold brew can. I’m happy to report back that it met and exceeded my expectations.  When I get a cold brew coffee from Starbucks, I feel like I drink it pretty quickly. With this, you really want to sit and ponder each sip because there’s a lot going on in your mouth. It’s also incredibly refreshing. You can’t beat the cold brew method on a warm day. (Of course, today is cold-ish and rainy in St Louis. ) 

At $5 for the can of Sump Cold Brew Coffee, it’s not cheap. To put it into perspective though, a venti cold brew at Starbuck is going to run you practically the same price. This is exponentially better. 

José Andrés Deserves the Nobel Peace Prize

Today, it was confirmed that Chef José Andrés was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by a Maryland congressman. 

I couldn’t think of someone more deserving. In an era that’s void of most strong moral leadership, Andrés has been the example for us all. His non-profit World Central Kitchen has been serving the communities hit by natural disasters, like the hurricane in Puerto Rico and the forest fires in California. 

Watch Andrés’s Twitter account. It will make you feel good about humanity again. 

Time to get to work

We no longer have a government unified on rubber stamping Donald Trump’s delusions. It’s time to get to work. What should the agenda be?

David Brooks brilliantly puts it

On the other hand, we could put the Trump soap opera off to the side and pay attention to actual Americans and actual solutions. We could acknowledge that we are an evenly divided country. We could build the bipartisan governing coalitions and agendas suited to that reality.

Our addiction to oil

In Thomas Friedman’s column today, he points out how we have to pick between bad and worse decisions in the Middle East because of our addiction to oil.

Rather than choosing between bad allies and bad enemies, we should be working frantically to do the one thing that is in our whole country’s security interest, financial interest and moral interest — launch a Manhattan Project to get America off oil by 2025.

It is our addiction to oil that funds so much of the bad behavior out of the Middle East. It is our addiction to oil that forces us to look the other way at a murder most vile. And it is our addiction to oil that leads us to think it is actually O.K. to trade a call for justice for a purchase order of arms.

Real leadership is about looking at the long term vs giving us all a sugar high.

American Values for Sale

The publisher at the Washington Post has called out President Trump. The President is supporting Saudi Arabia amidst their role in killing Jamal Khashoggi because they’re investing in the American economy.

Throughout this crisis, the president has maintained that he’s looking after our “national interests.” But Trump’s response doesn’t advance the United States’ interests — it betrays them. It places the dollar values of commercial deals above the long-cherished American values of respecting liberty and human rights. And it places personal relationships above the United States’ strategic relationships. For more than 60 years, the U.S.-Saudi partnership has been an important one based on trust and respect; Trump has determined that the United States no longer requires honesty and shared values from its global partners.

Diversity and Immigration are Part of American Greatness

Great op-ed in the New York Times with facts about the caravan…

People seeking to partake of the American dream have always been central to America’s identity and strength. How the country treats them goes straight to its core values. The Democrats cannot sit this one out, especially when the Republican leader is so blind to the true sources of America’s greatness.

Shaping a Political Culture

President Donald Trump and the words that he uses are shaping a political culture that will be here we’ll after he leaves office. New York Times op-ed columnist Bret Stephens writes

Conservatives used to understand the danger. Why care about social formalities, modes of dress, niceties of speech, qualities of restraint? Not simply because manners make the man, although they do, but because manners also shape political cultures. How does a conservative movement that is supposed to believe that every healthy society needs powerful moral guardrails give itself over to a president whose every other utterance cheerfully knocks those guardrails down?

Weight Watchers for our minds

In a New York Times Op-Ed, columnist Frank Bruni talks about how the internet can be a safe have for people looking for communities that support their worst instincts.

He shares a quote from Apple CEO Tim Cook…

Platforms and algorithms that promised to improve our lives can actually magnify our worst human tendencies.

Information can be as bad for your mind as sugar is bad for you body. Consistently feeding yourself bad info can make you sick, as is evident by Franks column.

We need to be smarter consumers of how we take in information. We almost need Weight Watchers for our minds.

Facts about the caravan

Some important facts in this New York Times piece

  • The caravan won’t reach the United States for multiple weeks. So, why are we sending 5k troops down to the border on Friday? Perhaps because it’s a political ploy to whip up fear and then look strong. They’re trying to be play us for fools.
  • The Trump administration is building tent cities because the caravan is trying to enter the United States to get political asylum as refugees. Despite what’s said in speeches and tweets, they’re not trying to enter the US illegally.