I don’t know about you, but summer seems to be in its full warm and lazy swing around the Barista Magazine office. Not that we’re being lazy, heck no! We’re putting the finishing touches on our August+September issue, which we think you’ll just love! But we’re done with work travel for two whole months, and that feels pretty great. It’s all shorts and tank tops, ice cream and cold brew, swimming holes, and of course, blogging. (Be sure to let us know if you have a fun coffee-related event happening during the summer by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I’ll help you spread the word!)
Last week was the Fourth of July, and we decided to have a Humpday Holiday—loads of folks were out of town (including me!), but now everyone’s back digging their heels into the regular schedule of summer. And there’s something about the prize we’re offering up for this week’s Humpday Giveaway that screams summer to me—here’s the story: A young, coffee-loving couple puts roots down on a blueberry farm in Olympia, Washington. He’s a photographer and works at Batdorf & Bronson; she’s a woodworker with a studio in the back of their place. When she’s not crafting thick, luxurious serving boards for her company, Board and Bread, she’s taken to shaping coffee paddles from the Oregon Black Walnut wood she loves.
Her name is Emily Brock, and her coffee paddles are causing quite a stir. Emily totally gets it that coffee people love their cool and stylish gear. But she noticed that the only coffee paddles available were kind of ugly and mass-manufactured looking. So she’s made her own. Emily’s coffee paddles are about 9-inches long, and have a smooth, buttery finish—that’s thanks to the beeswax mixture Emily creates herself and lovingly rubs into the wood once it’s shaped. The paddles have a loop of leather at one end for easy storage or display—and believe me, you’ll want to display these things—they’re gorgeous.
Emily offered one up for a Humpday Giveaway prize, and this is the week it could be yours! These paddles retail for $32 each, and they’re worth every penny. But you have the chance to win one right here and now by playing Humpday Giveaway!
You know the rules: See the question below, and find the answer in the pages of the current (June+July) issue of Barista Magazine. Don’t have a hard copy? No problem—you can read the whol issue for free by going HERE. Find the answer and type it into the comments section below with your first and last name so we can identify you if you win. Everyone who has the correct answer by tomorrow (Thursday, July 11, PDT) at 6:59 a.m. will be entered into a drawing to win one of Emily’s beautiful coffee paddles!
This week’s Humpday Giveaway is open to anyone, anywhere—we’ll mail the paddle to the winner no matter where in the world he/she resides.
So here we go…
Question: What was the nickname of Reg Barber’s first workshop?
Think you know the answer? Then type it in the space below, and you could be this week’s winner! Check back tomorrow when we announce who won one of Emily Brock’s gorgeous handcrafted wood coffee paddles. And be sure to check out her company’s website HERE.