American Coffee Stories from a Missionary Kid
Drink Coffee for a living? What does a missionary kid who grew up sleeping in the seats of airliners do when he “grows up”? Whatever you might have guessed, it probably didn’t include a quest for a good story over a cup of the world’s best coffee!
For Paul Watson, things have taken an interesting turn. Instead of going “overseas” to the “mission field”, like his parents, he’s ended up following his passion for coffee and the people who thrive on the beverage. His blog and business are wrapped up in what’s going on at American Coffee Stories!
Coffee Store and Blog
Watson’s website is not only a blog about people who drink coffee and share their story with him over a cup, it’s also where he sells coffee brand gifts from selected roasters he has partnered with like Angelfire Roasters, Courier Coffee, Dapper and Wise, and Sterling Coffee Roasters.
Can’t make up your mind? No problem, order a monthly subscription called the “Tour of the Northwest” and receive 4 different 2 ounce samples from their partners… something unique every month to spice up your coffee cup.
You won’t find these unique coffees down at your local grocer. The only way you’ll ever taste most of these fine coffee roasts is by walking into their storefronts … or through American Coffee Stories.
Looking back, it was easy to see this coming some friends say. Friends of Watson’s on Facebook noticed his early wake up calls for a former job seemed to jumpstarted with some sampling from a variety of coffee brands or an Espresso for those cold morning mud runs or other feats of physical daring.
Though he’s lived “everywhere” from overseas, those airline seats, and back to Texas, he’s settled in the Pacific Northwest, a “hotbed” for coffee drinkers.
Pacific Northwest Coffee Roasters: Best Coffee in the World
There are so many great regional coffee roasters there, it’s sometimes hard to decide if the that region of the country has the best coffee in the world or just the best coffee makers?
However you answer that question, what also fascinates Watson are the people he meets in his search for the perfect cup of coffee. His blog shares their stories.
Here’s one shared over some Americano:
“I remember my first international trip,” he began, taking a sip of his Americano. “My parents decided to move overseas. My brother was three and I was seven. The trip to Hong Kong seemed like an eternity to a seven year old kid and his three year old brother.” He chuckled, “I’m sure it seemed longer to our poor mother.”
“In those days, they still allowed smoking on the flight. We didn’t have electronic games or iPads. Our only companions were a deck of cards, silly putty, Mad Libs and crayons.”
He took a longer drink and placed his cup on the table. “When we got off the plane we were so tired. Everything looked and smelled different, and we didn’t understand the language. Surreal.”
“Several families from my parent’s new company met us at the airport. One of them had a girl my age. Elizabeth. She gave me a box of these bear cookies. I’ve never forgotten that moment.” He shook his head. “Thirty years later and I still remember her name.”
There are more coffee (or Espresso) stories to come. Look for the number of coffee gift brands to expand as well as more and more roasters in the Pacific Northwest like the idea of selling their coffee beans nationwide to the eager audience Watson hopes to find.
A Coffee Business is Born
Does he plan to get rich sharing coffee stories? That remains to be seen. His website says it this way:
Paul started the coffee store to support his story habit…and his coffee habit. Every bean sold allows him to buy more people coffee while he listens to their stories. Eventually, Paul would like to make enough money through the shop to take Christi, his wife, on a cruise, one of her dreams, to celebrate their 20th wedding anniversary.
Hopefully Watson’s ability to promote the best coffee brands from the Pacific Northwest will be rewarding enough to keep those stories coming and allow him to take that cruise!
History of Coffee
Here’s some information on the History of Coffee at Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_coffee and PBS: http://www.pbs.org/food/the-history-kitchen/history-coffee/