Every coffee has a story


Jan. 17, 2023

History of the Last Two Weeks

So wow, what a wild ride the last few weeks have been for us. Modest Coffee went viral and sold $200,000 of coffee in 15 hours, we somehow managed to process over 4,000 shipments, and then Marcus lost his thumb …

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Jan. 3, 2023

History of Decaf + Decaf Three Ways: Rerelease

Hi everyone! For this week's episode we decided to give ourselves a holiday break and release a previously aired episode. We had thought we would do an older episode but in light of the recent crazy amazing events that led …

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Dec. 20, 2022

History of Eggnog + Jolliest Bunch of A$$holes Coffee

Happy whatever you celebrate or don't celebrate! Happy winter! Happy almost New Year! Our gift to you is this podcast episode. Marcus tells us the history of eggnog and Steph tells us about Expedition Roasters Coffee Company....

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Dec. 6, 2022

History of Tarot + Coffee Tarot Cards with Teresa Fiehn Millies

We are SO excited for this week’s podcast crossover with our most special guest, Teresa Fiehn Millies, our dear friend, fourth Modest Coffee employee, and host of Ninth Arcana: A Tarot Podcast . We have been looking to get Te...

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Nov. 22, 2022

Thanksgiving Rabbit Hole + Native Coffee Traders

It’s Happy Thanksgiving time everyone! In this week’s episode Steph takes us down the rabbit hole of her mind and answers all the questions about Thanksgiving that she could think of. From were the Jews on the Mayflower, to t...

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Nov. 8, 2022

3rd Wave Feminism vs. 3rd Wave Ska vs. 3rd Wave Coffee with Third Wav…

It’s the 3rd Wave Everything episode! We were challenged by listener Eric to compare 3rd Wave Ska to 3rd Wave Coffee. For good measure, we thought we’d also throw in 3rd Wave Feminism because why not? So get out your …

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Oct. 31, 2022

Bonus Episode: History of Candy Corn

Happy Halloween! Trick or treat! You came to our house and we're giving you candy corn! In last week's episode we covered the history of Halloween and tried a candy corn flavored coffee. Steph also had the history of candy …

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Oct. 25, 2022

History of Halloween + Jarbee Candy Corn Coffee

It's spooky season and we're here to learn about the reason for the season! Steph takes us back in time to tell us the origins of Halloween. We discuss cultural traditions from different countries from the Americas to Europe ...

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Oct. 11, 2022

Kawaha 1893 + Colonization of Kenya

In this week’s episode we switch gears and try a specialty coffee, Kahawa 1893. We still have a founder educated at Harvard with a Wall Street resume, but her roots diverge from the typical coffee company story. Margaret Nyam...

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Sept. 27, 2022

VitaCup Slim Coffee

In this week's episode, we learn how we that nothing more than a k-cup to slim down and maintain our girlish figures. Chock full of questionable Dr. Oz peddled health ingredients and an overabundance of B-vitamins, this reall...

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Sept. 13, 2022

History of Decaf

When we came up with the idea of doing an episode about decaf, we thought it would just be a discussion about the different processing methods. Turns out there’s WAY more to decaf than any of us expected. Of the …

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Aug. 30, 2022

PBR Hard Coffee

In this week’s episode, Marcus and Steph try PBR Hard Coffee while Jenni tags along for the story of the Pabst Blue Ribbon company, a history older than the Civil War. The story of the Pabst company starts with a …

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Aug. 16, 2022

Chock Full o'Nuts Coffee

In this week’s episode we learn about the iconic New York coffee brand, Chock Full o’Nuts. This company was the Starbucks of New York City long before the era of Starbucks. With coffee shops scattered across Manhattan, this c...

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Aug. 9, 2022

Energy Drink Coffee

Why choose between your morning energy drink and your morning coffee? In this week's episode we try the combo that has it all! Steph tells us the history and current events of the leading energy drink coffee company and this …

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Aug. 2, 2022

Birthday Cake Coffee

It's a birthday spectacular! Happy Birthday to Marcus and Jenni! Steph decided to give Marcus and Jenni the gift of a podcast episode. In this week's episode, Steph tells the very fascinating history of birthday cake and then...

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July 26, 2022

Murder Coffee

There may be no bigger genre than true crime at this moment in time so we decided to see if we could find a true crime coffee. And what do you know, we found the Murder Coffee Company. This week …

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July 19, 2022

Cascara, Coffee Cherry Tisane

It's a Marcus coffee nerd episode! None of us have ever tried cascara but have been very curious about it so we were all really excited to try this herbal tea made from the fruit of the coffee plant. Marcus …

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July 12, 2022

Breakfast with Elvis - Peanut Butter Banana Coffee

This week we try Breakfast with Elvis, a peanut butter banana flavored coffee that attempts to pay homage to the favorite sandwich of the King himself. Steph takes us on a journey back in time, before Elvis, to the earliest …

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July 5, 2022

History of Juneteenth + BeanFruit Coffee

It’s a couple of weeks later than we had hoped to release this episode, but we found the history of Juneteenth to be incredibly fascinating and we were excited to try the coffee from BeanFruit Coffee, so we thought better …

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June 29, 2022

Bones Cotton Candy Coffee

We're back to recording! This week we get back to our roots and try cotton candy flavored coffee from the Bones Coffee Company. It's like a carnival for our mouths! Maybe? In this episode, Steph tells us the history of …

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June 21, 2022

Manhattan Special Coffee Soda

In this week's episode we try Manhattan Special, a coffee soda that is about as old as modern coffee, around since the late 1895 in the same location in Brooklyn, New York. It is a New York classic that we …

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June 14, 2022

Aldi Coffee Water: Love It or Leave It

This week we are in the midst of fulfilling a pretty insane order and did not have any time to properly research or record a regular episode. But we didn't want you to go a week without us so we …

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June 7, 2022

Aldi vs. Trader Joe's, Part 2: Trader Joe's

In this week's episode we have Joanna Goss, our resident Trader Joe's expert, bringing us not only an insider's perspective on Trader Joe's but also the history as our storyteller! In addition to her day job as a store artist...

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May 31, 2022

Aldi vs. Trader Joe's, Part 1: Aldi

This week in part one of our two part Aldi vs. Trader Joe's series, Steph tells us the founding story of Aldi and what history she could learn about the reclusive brothers who made it the store it is today. …

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