About Tim

I Got Started Pretty Early

My earliest memories of coffee are in my grandmother’s kitchen, watching the bubbles in the glass top of the percolator on her stove as she made coffee for my grandfather.

Stove Top Percolator
Stove Top Percolator, photo by Kristen Haynie

I must have been 3 or 4, enjoying my own cup with lots of milk and what I assume was a saccharine tablet for sweetness (although I am old enough that it might have been cyclamates!).

I remember feeling so grown up.

High School Coffee

Fast forward to my junior year of high school where the occasional late-night essay required “a little boost” of caffeine. By my senior year, I would occasionally sneak into the teacher’s lounge for a pre-lunch “pick me up.” Coffee was not available anywhere for students, presumably because it would stunt our growth, but I wanted to be fully attentive in Mr. Macnamara’s AP European History class. He may or may not have felt that that particular act was appropriate. My how times have changed… Carmel High School in Indiana runs a coffee shop by and for students that makes over $100,000 per year!

College Coffee

In college, I had a morning radio show (let’s hear it for the Woo Crew!) and we would go through at least three pots of coffee before we were through. If I decided to skip French class (who knew I would need to speak French?) I would have another couple of cups at breakfast. There followed a couple more cups after lunch and a couple at dinner, as well. All of this allowed me to make it through until Letterman’s monologue before heading to bed for 4 hours of sleep. I may have had a small caffeine problem at this time.

In the Workforce

Being in sales for a large portion of my pre-farm work life, I wasn’t always in an office. When I was, there were multiple trips to the office coffee maker, regardless of the quality being brewed. Then my wife and I chucked our conventional lives and bought a Kona coffee farm on the Big Island of Hawaii in 2008. After ten years of beating back the jungle, I am now living in France and am very much looking forward to connecting with a nice, worldwide group of coffee lovers.

I have high hopes for this blog. I will be showcasing cool coffee gadgets and techniques for getting the best brew possible. It is guaranteed that I will also regale you with stories from my years growing coffee in Hawaii. You can count on stories from coffee’s long history; it truly has had a profound impact on society. Don’t worry, it will be in a fun and informative way. Thanks for joining me here and I’d love to hear from you… feel free to send me an email at tim@procaffeination.com.