[EPISODE] The “Founder” Mentality
Tim Tate on making the world a better place via coffee, so fill your cups and listen in!
Message of the week: “My life is for plenty of people, if my life is just for me, I don’t want it.” by Bob Marley. Jeremiah says that quote is life changing. He explains why it was so inspirational to him and what he wanted to do for a living. The guest of the day, Tim talks about his background and how he started in entrepreneurship. Tim Tate shares some stories of how he fell in love with jazz, and ended up going to music school throughout his life. Tim says he has several things that he loves to do, ie…music and sports. The guys discuss how having several points of interests have helped them throughout their lives. The segment ends with Tim explaining how having a background in music can help you in the business world.
This segment opens with the guys discussing how they first met. Tim chats about how he first learned about coffee and the business. Tim shares the story of his first barista experience here in New York. He says that experience (food truck corner) was his first introduction into the industry. He created great friendships from that experience and believes that inherently the vast majority of people are good people. Tim delves into the story of when he came up with his first business idea. Tim started off as a barista during brunches; however he would learn about spirits and mixology from the nearby bartenders. Tim then became a barback. While a barback, he got to know the customer service and bar industry. Tim ends the segment by discussing his many other jobs on the road to becoming a business owner/entrepreneur.
The conversation continues with Tim talking about his road into entrepreneurship. He initially wanted to be in the spirits industry. Tim discusses the coffee industry and the first heavy hitters within that industry. Jeremiah talks about how he is a big coffee drinker and how his coffee taste has developed throughout the years. He talks about intelligentsia coffee and how amazing it is. They then discuss the costs of buying coffee machines and the details within each machine. Tim ends this segment by discussing green coffee and farming,
Tim talks about Think Coffee and the initiatives that they are currently working on. Tim talks about the history of Think Coffee, and the idea behind the name. He says that the name is in reference to the fact that you should think about where your coffee comes from. He continues by talking about the side of the coffee industry that is foreign to most people. Think Coffee imports their coffee direct from farmers, which is more expensive, but better quality. He thinks that fair trade/direct trade needs to evolve. He goes on by telling the audience of how his company even talks with the employees of the farmers. He ends the segment by talking about making the world better and how he’s happy that he works for a company that is geared towards that.