Trade Coffee - How to Order Coffee Online - From a Coffee Nerd's Perspective

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Trade Coffee - How to Order Coffee Online - From a Coffee Nerd's Perspective

Being a self-proclaimed coffee nerd, you get swept up in the number of options that face you when ordering online or ordering in general. For many, a good cup of coffee ranges from Dunkin’ Donuts to a sugar bomb known as a Starbuck’s signature drink.


images shot with the Sony A7R II - Fuji X100 (OG) - Fuji XT-2 - iPhone X

Is Starbucks the McDonald’s of coffee??

Is Starbucks the McDonald’s of coffee??

Now, I don’t want to totally denigrate Starbucks. It’s not bad, it’s not good, it serves a purpose and it’s marketed properly to be the default for people who are supposedly drinking good coffee. Over the past few years as I dive further into my coffee obsession, I discovered Trade Coffee via an Instagram ad. Needing to pickup coffee beans for the week, I clicked on the ad and decided to make a purchase. To my surprise, this is what came in my first shipment.

Trade sends you a nice welcoming package, including some basic but detailed information in regards to how to brew your coffee. Personally, I prefer a french press or pour over but for most, an auto drip coffee maker will work. If you want to brew great coffee while traveling I recommend the AeroPress - it’s great for a quick brewed, espresso like coffee on the go.

Ordering is easy, you can order via subscription or one bag at at time. They also walk you thru a matching process to find a coffee that meets your palette’s desire. I like bright, floral, acidic coffee. You may prefer a dark, chocolaty, robust brew. Either way, with a few clicks they will give you recommendations based on geography, flavor profile and so on.

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Trade will also send you text message updates to encourage you to order by offering free shipping if you order a bag within a 15 day window.

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Which leads to the final portion of this article…how much? The bags of coffee run from $11 and up. You can also find rare beans such as the Geisha bean which runs upwards to a hundred dollars. All in all, if you’re a coffee nut, give Trade a chance. $16 might sound like a lot for 12 ounces of coffee but it’s a much better value than that $5 caramel frap and it tastes a hell of a lot better too. Now for some gratuitous coffee photos. If you find this helpful check me out on below and if you have a vendor you use please feel free to let me know, I”m always looking for good coffee. Happy caffeine consumption. Cheers and Happy New Year.

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Baby Kate

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Baby Kate

Baby Kate

 

I had a chance to grab a quick photo session with my friends, the Kelley family.  

Simple 2 flash setup, one white wall, mixed in with a little natural light as well.  

For the photographers out there, you don't need a huge lighting setup to shoot a portrait session, just a couple of flashes, wireless trigger and some basic lighting techniques..

Great seeing you guys for a minute and it was great to meet Baby Kate!


shot with the Fuji X-T1, 56mm F1.2 and Fuji 35mm F1.4


mommy + daughter

daddy + daughter

kate





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Norah's 1st Birthday

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Norah's 1st Birthday

Celebrating Norah's First Birthday

Bart and Stefani have been friends of ours for some time now.  They recently asked me to document a big day....the first birthday.  Congrats to Norah, a beautiful baby girl who is growing fast.  

shot with the Fuji X-T1, Fuji X100T, Fuji 16mm F1.4, Fuji 35mm F1.4 and Fuji 56mm F1.2

party

norah

cuteness

family

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Houndstooth - Henderson Ave - Good Coffee

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Houndstooth - Henderson Ave - Good Coffee

On occasion, I use my blog to highlight local businesses that are doing something right.  As someone who has owned a business, I find some value in sharing an experience outside of leaving a few yelp remarks (which I don't do).  Whether one person, or a thousand people see this post, the hope is to give a little bit of exposure to cool places. 

If you're a coffee lover check out Houndstooth, we stopped in today for a little bit of coffee.  Friendly staff, quick service, a nice bright environment and great coffee.  Houndstooth is an Austin based shop that recently opened a Dallas operation.  I recommend stopping by if you're in the neighborhood and grabbing a Cortado or an Espresso.  

Cheers and keep up the good work Houndstooth.

Here are a few images...


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A to the 4th Power - This is my thing!

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A to the 4th Power - This is my thing!

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A LIFESTYLE SHOOT WITH THE MEGHANI FAMILY.

TRUTH BE TOLD, I HAVE ALWAYS BEEN A PERSON OF NON CONVENTION.  I TEND TO REBEL AGAINST THE IDEOLOGY THAT YOU SHOULD DO WHAT EVERYONE ELSE IS DOING BECAUSE IT'S WHAT EVERYONE IS DOING.  THIS BRINGS ME TO MY PHOTOGRAPHIC STYLE (IF THERE IS EVEN SUCH A THING).  WHILE I BELIEVE THAT EVERYONE SHOULD HAVE THAT "MANTLE" PHOTO AND DON'T ACT LIKE YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT.......THE PHOTO WHERE EVERYONE IS IN A FIELD WITH MATCHING WHITE SHIRTS, A NICE SOFT SUNSET, IN A GOLDEN FIELD OF HEATHER GRASS AND THE PERFECT, SYNCHRONIZED SMILE.    THERE IS A LEVEL OF NECESSITY TO TAKE A TIMELESS IMAGE, A TIMELESS PORTRAIT.  WITHOUT A DOUBT, FAMILIES SHOULD HAVE THOSE TYPES OF PHOTOS BUT I FIND THEM UNINTERESTING.  THESE ARE THE TYPE OF PHOTOS THAT GET THE 'LIKE' BUTTON ON FACEBOOK.  THOSE ARE THE TYPE OF PHOTOS THAT BLOW UP ON PINTEREST.  IT'S NOT A BAD THING AT ALL, IT JUST ALL FEELS SO PROCESSED, SO TO SPEAK. 

FOR ME, PHOTOGRAPHY HAS BEEN AN OPPORTUNITY TO CAPTURE AND PRESERVE MOMENTS.  I DON'T WALK AROUND IN MATCHING SHIRTS WITH MY FAMILY IN GOLDEN FIELDS OF HEATHER GRASS, SO I DON'T WANT MY PHOTOS TO REFLECT THAT.  MY PHOTOGRAPHIC PASSION STARTED WITH A MINOLTA KIT THAT MY UNCLE SOLD TO MY PARENTS YEARS AGO.  I NEVER REALLY TOOK ANY PHOTOS WITH THAT CAMERA OTHER THAN A COUPLE OF SNAPSHOTS BUT I WAS ALWAYS INTRIGUED.  BACK IN 2000 I FOUND A CANON ELPH FILM CAMERA AND THAT PRETTY MUCH LEAD ME TO WHERE I AM TODAY.  A CAMERA LOVING JUNKY.  

THERE IS SO MUCH MORE TO LEARN AS FAR AS BEING A "BETTER PHOTOGRAPHER" BUT THAT LEADS YOU TO THE QUESTION OF, "WHAT IS A BETTER PHOTOGRAPHER".  I SEE COUNTLESS ARTICLES COMMENTING ON LENS SHARPNESS, AUTOFOCUS SPEED, SPECS, ETC.  ASPIRING PROFESSIONALS SOMEHOW BELIEVE THAT THEY NEED A $3000 CAMERA TO BE A "PROFESSIONAL".  WE'VE ALL BEEN THERE AS PEOPLE WHO LOVE SHOOTING.  WE START WITH A CHEAP CAMERA THAT WE THINK IS EXPENSIVE AND CONSTANTLY UPGRADE UNTIL WE HIT A POINT WHERE WE HAVE "THE BEST" GEAR.  RARELY DO YOU SEE PEOPLE ASK FOR ADVICE AS TO WHAT EDUCATION I SHOULD GET TO BECOME A BETTER PHOTOGRAPHER.  IT'S SIMPLY, "IS THIS LENS, OR THAT LENS BETTER FOR THIS?"  SERIOUSLY, TO THOSE PEOPLE, GO OUT AND TAKE PICTURES AND QUIT READING REVIEWS. 

 FOR ME IT'S ALL ABOUT THE MOMENT NOT IF YOUR PHOTO IS CLINICALLY SHARP.  IF YOU'RE A COMMERCIAL PHOTOGRAPHER THERE IS A NECESSITY TO BE CLINICAL.  DO YOU NEED EDGE TO EDGE SHARPNESS TO SHOOT AN AWESOME LANDSCAPE PHOTO, NO!   AS THIS THING GROWS FOR ME, THE ONLY THING THAT IS IMPORTANT IS IF I CAPTURED THE MOMENT?  THAT'S ALL THE MATTERS IN MY OPINION, IPHONE, FUJI, SONY, CANON, NIKON, WHATEVER,  IT DOESN'T MATTER.

ALL IN ALL, I LOVE THIS PHOTO SHOOT WITH AMEE, ANKUR, AAKASH AND AASHA (HENCE THE TITLE OF THE BLOG POST, A TO THE 4TH!)  I APPRECIATE THEM ALLOWING ME TO TRACK A PORTION OF THEIR DAY AND FROM THE PHOTOS YOU CAN SEE HOW MUCH LOVE THAT THEY SHARE FOR EACH OTHER.  

THIS IS MY THING. THIS IS WHY I TAKE PHOTOS.  ENJOY.


shot with Fuji X-T1, Fuji X-Pro 1, Fuji 14mm F2.8, Fuji 23mm F1.4, Fuji 35mm F1.4, Fuji 56mm F1.2


play time

wash time

dinner

goodnight




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