During the sweaty months of summer 2011 when Handsome Coffee launched their business, David Lopez, Tiffany Lopez, Justin Carleton and Lisa Tahk became friends over packing coffee and barista training. If you bought a bag of coffee during Handsome's infancy, chances are Justin, David, or Tiffany packed it.
Lisa spent 8 years as a Silicon Valley venture lawyer and she gave it all up to explore her love for coffee and fashion. Justin Carleton is the youngest member of the Outpost team, he just became legal drinking age. When he's not working on coffee you can find him behind the counter at EggSlut in LA's Grand Central Market. David and Tiffany spent the majority of their time at Handsome Coffee trying to convince their bosses, Michael, Tyler and Christopher, that they really were brother and sister and not married as they suspected. Tony and David got to know each other at Burning Man 2010, and when Tony left his job as a stock broker, he joined us in the coffee world.
We've been thinking about starting a coffee project of our own, so we set up weekly meetings to move forward without any expectations. The only purpose was to start the process and see where it goes. We gave it a name - Outpost.
Our inspiration came from interacting with people we served coffee to in Los Angeles and our desire to curate an exceptional coffee experience for them and anyone who may stumble upon us. Even if someone doesn't like coffee, our goal would be for them to say something like "I don't like coffee, but what they're doing is pretty neat."
From our experience more people are making coffee at home using manual brew methods, and they are curious about different ways of brewing. One trend that we've seen is people making good coffee on the go, at their desk or while traveling. That's why we chose to do the Aeropress for one of our brew guides. It's so simple to make it on the go and it doesn't break.
We've all become the designated "coffee maker" in our group of friends and it's hard to get anyone else to learn to do it. We developed a brew guide because we wanted something to give to someone without any direction and have them make a tasty coffee on the first go. We've found that it's pretty uplifting and fulfilling for a newbie to make their first cup of coffee for someone else. It's about lowering that friction and creating an opportunity for them to get started.
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