This week, we’re joined for an extra special edition of our regularly scheduled podcast by none-other-than Thompson Owen of Oakland’s Sweet Maria’s and The Coffee Shrub. A long-time hero and primary coffee inspiration of our Stephen, Thompson first started working at a coffee counter in 1985 before going on open what is now the online hub of the home roasting community.

Steve and Thompson cover lots over the hour of No. 90: the start of Sweet Marias (and subsequently of Hasbean), Bay Area coffee, origin photography and travel, and some plain ol’ reminiscing.