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No Bad Reviews: A Coffee Podcast

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Each week three coffee industry professionals/co-workers/friends uncover the fascinating and often surprising backstory of a coffee. Then, using their professionally trained palates, they sample the coffee and humorously give no bad reviews. Hosted by Marcus Contaldo, Jenni Trilik, and Stephanie Motenko.

Each week three coffee industry professionals/co-workers/friends uncover the fascinating and often surprising backstory of a coffee. Then, using their professionally trained palates, they sample the coffee and humorously give no bad reviews. Hosted by Marcus Contaldo, Jenni Trilik, and Stephanie Motenko.


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Each week three coffee industry professionals/co-workers/friends uncover the fascinating and often surprising backstory of a coffee. Then, using their professionally trained palates, they sample the coffee and humorously give no bad reviews. Hosted by Marcus Contaldo, Jenni Trilik, and Stephanie Motenko.




History of Decaf

When we came up with the idea of doing an episode about decaf, we thought it would just be a discussion about the different processing methods. Turns out there’s WAY more to decaf than any of us expected. Of the inventors of the three major decaffeination methods there’s a guy that was friends with Hilter, a guy who was killed by the Nazis, and a guy from Switzerland that tried for 50 years before finding success. Rest assured, we do talk science and attributes, too. For the tasting, Marcus...


PBR Hard Coffee

In this week’s episode, Marcus and Steph try PBR Hard Coffee while Jenni tags along for the story of the Pabst Blue Ribbon company, a history older than the Civil War. The story of the Pabst company starts with a family of German immigrants in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Thanks to a devastating event in the next major city over and some little blue silk ribbons, PBR became the largest beer company in the U.S. Over the years, Pabst was behind more than one questionable product (we’re looking at...


Chock Full o'Nuts Coffee

In this week’s episode we learn about the iconic New York coffee brand, Chock Full o’Nuts. This company was the Starbucks of New York City long before the era of Starbucks. With coffee shops scattered across Manhattan, this counter style diner served up exactly what people needed when they needed it for a price they could afford. Listen to hear about the fascinating life of the eccentric businessman, WIlliam Black, his progressive hiring practices, and how the baseball great, Jackie...


Energy Drink Coffee

Why choose between your morning energy drink and your morning coffee? In this week's episode we try the combo that is both! Steph tells us the history and current events of the leading energy drink coffee company and this company has it all. Girls, large trucks, lawsuits, sexual harassment accusations, and so much intensity. Find out what we think in this week's episode! Further...


Birthday Cake Coffee

It's a birthday spectacular! Happy Birthday to Marcus and Jenni! Steph decided to give Marcus and Jenni the gift of a podcast episode. In this week's episode, Steph tells the very fascinating history of birthday cake and then we try Birthday Cake Coffee from a fitness/marketing/coffee brand called Coffee Over Cardio. Does this coffee take the cake? Will it make our booties fine? While none of us thought this coffee could replace a birthday cake, at least one of us did think it was pretty...


Murder Coffee

There may be no bigger genre than true crime at this moment in time so we decided to see if we could find a true crime coffee. And what do you know, we found the Murder Coffee Company. This week we delve into the psychology of true crime and the macabre and then we try a blueberry flavored coffee called Turning Blue. Find out what we think about this veteran owned coffee company that bills itself as the BEST coffee. Also, find out who wins when Steph and Jenni go head to head in an arm...


Cascara, Coffee Cherry Tisane

It's a Marcus coffee nerd episode! None of us have ever tried cascara but have been very curious about it so we were all really excited to try this herbal tea made from the fruit of the coffee plant. Marcus tells us the history of cascara, how and where it is consumed today, and we figure out ways we think it would be best enjoyed. Find out what we think of it in this episode! Further...


Breakfast with Elvis - Peanut Butter Banana Coffee

This week we try Breakfast with Elvis, a peanut butter banana flavored coffee that attempts to pay homage to the favorite sandwich of the King himself. Steph takes us on a journey back in time, before Elvis, to the earliest days of rock and roll. We then learn about the meteoric rise of the King and how the world was perfectly poised for his kind of stardom. Unfortunately, Elvis fell as quickly as he rose and it all ended tragically too soon. For the tasting, we try Breakfast with Elvis...


History of Juneteenth + BeanFruit Coffee

It’s a couple of weeks later than we had hoped to release this episode, but we found the history of Juneteenth to be incredibly fascinating and we were excited to try the coffee from BeanFruit Coffee, so we thought better late than never. In this week’s episode, Jenni covers the history of Juneteenth and the end of slavery in America. We all learned surprising facts that they didn’t teach us in school about slavery, like the Emancipation Proclamation didn’t actually proclaim emancipation for...


Bones Cotton Candy Coffee

We're back to recording! This week we get back to our roots and try cotton candy flavored coffee from the Bones Coffee Company. It's like a carnival for our mouths! Maybe? In this episode, Steph tells us the history of cotton candy and it's been around a lot longer than any of us could guess. Then she tells us what little information she could find out about the elusive Bones Coffee Company. Cotton candy is a group favorite. Coffee is a group favorite. Could this coffee maybe surprise us...


Manhattan Special Coffee Soda

In this week's episode we try Manhattan Special, a coffee soda that is about as old as modern coffee, around since the late 1895 in the same location in Brooklyn, New York. It is a New York classic that we were excited to try! Steph tells us the tale of the Manhattan Special company and with a company this old, it definitely has some history. Now run by the fourth generation of the same family that took over as teens, we think you'll enjoy this story of intrigue, murder, and success against...


Aldi Coffee Water: Love It or Leave It

This week we are in the midst of fulfilling a pretty insane order and did not have any time to properly research or record a regular episode. But we didn't want you to go a week without us so we decided that it would be fun to release an exclusive Patreon bonus episode. You hear us mention Love It or Leave It every week and so we'll let you take a listen, this time on the house. We decided on this episode because we thought it would be a fun final installment to our Aldi vs. Trader Joe's...


Aldi vs. Trader Joe's, Part 2: Trader Joe's

In this week's episode we have Joanna Goss, our resident Trader Joe's expert, bringing us not only an insider's perspective on Trader Joe's but also the history as our storyteller! In addition to her day job as a store artist at Trader Joe's, Joanna is an accomplished artist, published author, and vintage reseller. We loved having Joanna on the pod and are so grateful for her research. For the coffee, we got Trader Joe's organic, fair trade Breakfast Blend coffee. You'll have to listen to...


Aldi vs. Trader Joe's, Part 1: Aldi

This week in part one of our two part Aldi vs. Trader Joe's series, Steph tells us the founding story of Aldi and what history she could learn about the reclusive brothers who made it the store it is today. This story would not be complete with all the drama—World War II, a family rift, and even a kidnapping! We also welcome a special guest, Joanna Goss! Joanna is an accomplished artist, published author, vintage reseller, and store artist at Trader Joe's. She brings the fun and an...


Cometeer Coffee • Frozen Coffee Pods

We've seen Cometeer advertised quite a bit so, intrigued by the concept, we decided to do an episode about it. A coffee concept born of a lazy college student, Cometeer is a frozen coffee concentrate meant to be constituted with water and claims to be as good as a freshly brewed cup of coffee. Developed between said college student, an OG of specialty coffee, and a bunch of venture capital money, does this product solve a problem, or does it solve a contrived problem in search of a customer...


Coava Coffee + the History of the Chemex

When Marcus and Jenni went to Portland a few months ago, Marcus was so excited to learn that a Coava coffee location was just blocks from their Airbnb. At the crack of dawn he walked on over, met some super friendly baristas, and enjoyed a most excellent cup of Chemex brewed coffee. So they brought back a couple of bags to share with Steph and all of our listeners! Matt Higgins, the founder of Coava coffee, gave up a career in international business for his love of coffee and we are so glad...


Royal Cup Coffee

It's our first interview episode! Steph retells the story of her friend Derrick who has a lovely and romantic tale about his idyllic childhood spent within a stone's throw of the Royal Cup Coffee factory and how he by chance met this coffee again in his adulthood, hundreds of miles away. Then we try this coffee that everyone has likely had but noone has ever heard of. What do we think of this coffee that comes from a company that roasts thousands of pounds per day? Can a coffee roasting...


Spicy Taco Coffee

Spicy Taco Coffee is the coffee no one asked for but somehow exists. For this episode, Jenni's childhood best friend thought it would be fun to send the podcast this treat of an abomination and test our commitment to no bad reviews. And guess what! We did it. In this episode we not only manage to give no bad reviews, one of us emptied the cup, despite the artificial beef flavoring agent. You'll have to listen to find out how we pull this off. We also cover the extremely fascinating, and...


Astronaut Coffee

Blast off with us as Jenni takes us through the history of coffee and space flight from the first Apollo mission to the moon, the space shuttle missions, and the International Space Station. Each new era of space flight brought a new era of coffee consumption along with ingenuity to make the coffee experience as much like Earth as possible. If there's one thing we learned it's that, for astronauts, coffee is as essential as food and water. For the tasting we try Hula Girl Coffee from the...


Green Day Coffee

Yep, that's right, Green Day the band makes a coffee . When we found out, we had to try it for the sake of 1990s nostalgia. In this episode we learn about the history of Green Day from their days as wee lads singing Beatles tunes at the retirement center to them winning all of the awards. Then we discover what inspired them to start a coffee company, who they partnered with, and if it makes the grade. Will this coffee take us to paradise? Oakland Coffee:...