Scout Coffee, Stuart speaking, how can I help you?

Today’s my last day working at Scout Coffee Co. in San Luis Obispo, California. When I first walked into Scout on my third day in town, I had no idea what was ahead for me. I sat up at the bar, and having already fallen in love with the place, I immediately asked my now close friend Randy if they were hiring. He gave me the same semi-bullshit answer we always give: “We’re always accepting resumes.” I asked when the owner would be in, and he told me maybe tomorrow morning.

The next day, I walked in and basically got hired on the spot. Here I am, over a year later, and I don’t know what the fuck to say. I’ve learned so much from my bosses, coworkers, and customers. I’ve developed lifelong friendships and met the coolest people. I found new loves in coffee and people. I’ve become comfortable and confident in my own skin. My friends might say that I’m too comfortable now. Fuck it I’m on one.

Jon and Sara, my bosses, have taught me so much. Hard work does pay off. Sleep isn’t necessary. You can survive off of espresso and pastries. Don’t text your boss at 5 am and ask for makeup to cover up your hickey. Positivity is everything. Don’t let shitty people (on Yelp) bring you down. And above all else, life always works itself out. Thank you for the opportunity to get into the coffee industry, and thank you for the priceless lessons on life.

My coworkers have taught me just as much. Communication is key. Work should be fun and enjoyable (most of the time). Matching clothes is always a good idea. Whether or not you know it, each and every one of you has made my time in SLO and at Scout what it is, and I can never repay you for that. Thanks for taking this dumb kid from Missouri in and showing me how to make coffee. Sorry if I can pour prettier lattes than you now. Thanks for being my friends.

And to the customers and regulars of Scout, I thank you the most. You people have showed me more than you could ever know. Small talk doesn’t have to suck. Kind and considerate people make this job worth it (Erik). Sometimes the people you would normally not fuck with are the ones you like the most (Walker). For some reason, being a barista scores major points in the dating scene, as shown by how often my coworkers and I get hit on ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.

What started as a part time job to finance my adventures around California quickly turned into a passion, a family, and a growing experience.

I leave for San Francisco in less than a week, how fucking nuts is that? This move has been in the works for so long, and now that it’s here, it doesn’t feel real. If my experiences in SF and at Verve are half as good as those I’ve had in the last year, I think I’ll be just fine. Cheers to the new year, a new city, a new job, and new people. Love you guys.

Moving on up

Life feels so crazy right now. I’m a fluster of emotions. Today marks me being in San Luis Obispo, California for one year straight. I truly didn’t know what the fuck I’d be doing at this time a year ago. I was just a Missouri boy looking for some uncertainty and a change of scenery. I’m such an emotional mess right now because I’ve decided to leave SLO to make the move up to San Francisco. I saw a position at Verve Coffee Roasters’ upcoming SF café, and I knew that I would hate myself if I didn’t apply. Well I got it. My head is filled with excitement, sadness, guilt, and fear.

In the year that I’ve been here, I’ve seen more of California than most of my friends from here have seen, made some of the best friends I could have imagined, learned more about coffee than I thought I ever would, and picked up tons of dope hobbies. I’ve only been here for twelve months, but I feel like it’s been twelve years. I walk down the street and see at least three people I know. SLO has become the best home I’ve known so far.

Words don’t come close to adequately describing how stoked I am about this. I fell in love with San Francisco when I first visited back in 2012. I can’t explain why I feel the way I do about the city. It’s been the dream to live in SF since my first visit. Stop fucking telling me it’s expensive and foggy and dangerous and cold. It’s also probably the most geographically beautiful city in the country. The weather is perfect. The food is the best. The people are the coolest. Shit is gonna be “hyphy” as the locals say, I think.

With all good things, there’s always a tradeoff. I have to say goodbye to the some of the best people I know. No more perfect sunny weather year round. Hello traffic. Hello long commutes. Hello being broke as fuck. But it’s cool, I’m cool with it. I see it as a challenge, a welcome one at that. These last few months I’ve felt pretty stagnant, and I think this is just what I need.

Thank you to my friends and family here in SLO that have taken me in as one of their own. Thank you to my friends and family back home that have visited me here in California. Thank you Scout Coffee Co. for taking a chance on this Missouri boy and teaching me about coffee. Thank you Verve Coffee Roasters for the opportunity. And thank you to my future baby mama that I’m gonna meet in San Francisco.

Cheers to the next adventure. Cheers to growing. Cheers to making coffee in a new city. Cheers to another year in California. Talk soon.