Every coffee has a story


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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May 24, 2022

Cometeer Coffee • Frozen Coffee Pods

We've seen Cometeer advertised quite a bit so, intrigued by the concept, we decided to do an episode about it. A coffee concept born of a lazy college student, Cometeer is a frozen coffee concentrate meant to be constituted w...

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May 17, 2022

Coava Coffee + the History of the Chemex

When Marcus and Jenni went to Portland a few months ago, Marcus was so excited to learn that a Coava coffee location was just blocks from their Airbnb. At the crack of dawn he walked on over, met some super …

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May 10, 2022

Royal Cup Coffee

It's our first interview episode! Steph retells the story of her friend Derek who has a lovely and romantic tale about his idyllic childhood spent within a stone's throw of the Royal Cup Coffee factory and how he by chance …

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May 3, 2022

Spicy Taco Coffee

Spicy Taco Coffee is the coffee no one asked for but somehow exists. For this episode, Jenni's childhood best friend thought it would be fun to send the podcast this treat of an abomination and test our commitment to no …

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April 26, 2022

Astronaut Coffee

Blast off with us as Jenni takes us through the history of coffee and space flight from the first Apollo mission to the moon, the space shuttle missions, and the International Space Station. Each new era of space flight broug...

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April 19, 2022

Green Day Coffee

Yep, that's right, Green Day the band makes a coffee . When we found out, we had to try it for the sake of 1990s nostalgia. In this episode we learn about the history of Green Day from their days …

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April 14, 2022

Bonus Episode 3: Leon Black, Portrait of an (Alleged) A** Hole

First thing we need to say, this episode gets our first trigger warning for mentions of sexual violence. We don't like to tell stories with trigger warnings, but here we are. Maybe don't play this episode with the kids in …

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April 12, 2022

Twinkies Coffee

When friend of Modest Coffee, Big Mike, told us about the Twinkies K-cups that he saw at his local Menards, we knew we had to make an episode. Little did we know, this story held much more than we expected. …

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April 5, 2022

Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee

It's a Marcus episode! As a coffee podcast, we thought it important to maybe tell the story of coffee itself so we asked our resident expert to weigh in. When a friend sent us a bag of Jamaican Blue Mountain …

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March 31, 2022

Bonus Episode 2: Coke Coffee Extras

There were so many fun stories about Coca Cola that we decided to give you a bonus episode rather than leave these outtakes on the cutting room floor. Steph tells us how one guy made nearly a billion dollars on …

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March 29, 2022

Coca Cola with Coffee

It's the cocaine episode, err, the Coca Cola with Coffee episode! Steph tells us the fascinating history of the Coca Cola company and how they came to create Coke with Coffee. Will cocaine infused Coca-Cola cure the founder, ...

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March 24, 2022

Special Coverage: Ukraine War Through the Lens of Coffee

For many of us, the war in Ukraine dominates the news, our thoughts, and our hearts. When Jenni read an article about how coffee shops are weathering the Ukrainian War on Spruge.com, the trio decided to do a bonus episode …

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March 22, 2022

Adaptogenic Mushroom Coffee

Not-fun magic mushrooms seem to be all the rage right now so when Steph was social media advertised the most adorably packaged instant coffee mixed with adaptogenic mushrooms we knew we had a perfect episode on our hands. We ...

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March 17, 2022

Bonus Episode: Jameson Cold Brew Love It or Leave It

We've been having so much fun creating Love It or Leave It bonus episodes for our Patreon subscribers that we decided to release one to everyone for St. Patrick's Day. In this episode, we hear a disturbing true story about …

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