I don’t work in coffee. I have no idea what it means to taste bergamot while sipping an espresso (am I right, @kylanreasoner ?). But this, this feels like home. I spend these events swelling with pride and being crushed by anxiety, and everywhere in between. I feel for these humans more heavily and deeply than I had fully realized until this weekend.
From celebrating an up and coming force in @mrschelseakallman , to eagerly listening to the fascinating stories behind new friends like @tylerdmontague , @kylanreasoner , @dreadheadinthelobby , @saysocoffee , @markandsarahtillman , @dontpanicdadblog , and @racheljapple , to feeling utterly privileged to be in the company of @sam_line_dot and @samneeeeeas as they ran into the Pacific Ocean last night, I am more aware than ever that I don’t deserve a seat at this table. But, more and more, year after year, I’m starting to feel like I belong here.
Also, shout out to the following:
@jenn.hall.photo , for being a constant source of encouragement and exhortation.
@b_line_dot , for being the hardest working other-half in coffee.
@kyle_rampage , for being the kind of husband who loves me well enough to bring me on every adventure.
@tbenfischer ’s romper, for making a fabulous cameo in the last Polaroid.
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