Coffee World Tour

This week I want to share with you a new weekly adventure that I have begun which involves one of my favorite things in the world. Coffee. It all started during a normal day at my work where I was chatting with a friend about cool coffee shop ideas. He mentioned that it would be neat to have a coffee shop that served coffee styles and flavors from around the world. Now, to be fair, we had no idea what sort of coffee drinks existed out there, but after a little bit of googling we found this blog post. There are definitely some intriguing drinks on that list of “19 Unique Coffee Drinks That Will Take You Around The World” (maybe I need to up my title game). As someone who loves to make espresso drinks for Allyson and me every weekend using the fantastic espresso machine I found at…

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Vacation is Good for the Soul

Hi there. I realized last week as I was typing up my most recent post on sub-roofing and preparing the follow up post on the actual roof installation that things may have gotten a bit stale recently. I absolutely love getting to share the progress being made on the workshop and some of the ups and downs that come along with that work, but I also have so many other things I would like to talk about that it’s good to not get too fixated on one topic. So, all of that leads to the topic this week, vacation. Honestly, this post will most likely be about much more than just vacation, but having just gotten back from over a week in Oregon with my best friends from college, it seems like a good place to start. This was a whirlwind of a trip, beginning in Portland for 1 day,…

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The Meaning of BranchBarks

Hi everyone, Tyler here again. It’s a snow filled day here in Denver and I’m sitting here watching the Packers beat up on the Miami Dolphins (for now, it hasn’t exactly been a great season). It seems like now is a good time to discuss where the BranchBarks name came from and why it is important to my wife, Allyson, and me. While in college we were both heavily involved with the same on campus organization our entire time there. In fact, I ended up interning there after graduating for a year, but that’s a story for another time. As sophomores with this organization the expectation was that you devoted some of your time to service. All of the sophomores were are known as BranchBarks, thus the name. For me as a sophomore (a couple years before Allyson because I’m an old man), I took on weekly jobs like yard…

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So It Begins…

Hi there, welcome to BranchBarks. What is BranchBarks you say? Well, I’ll get into the name a little bit more in a future post, but for now I’ll begin by introducing myself. My name is Tyler, I’m 27, and I currently work as a discontent engineer for a huge corporation. Hopefully though, through the course of this blog, you’ll realize there’s a lot more to me than my current job (good thing too, because it can be a real drag). So what is BranchBarks? Well, for now, it is a blog where myself and my wife (you’ll meet her later) can share about the topics that we care about. For me that means mostly talking about a journey that I began earlier this year to build my own woodworking shop in my backyard. I would like to turn this shop into a local business making home decor items for my…

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