What’s Brewing? On Hipsters, Conservatives and the Power of Coffee

Coffee’s just coffee — right? Maybe. I spent the weekend in Nashville, Tennessee recently, visiting three of our four sons. Yes, all three left Indiana to live in that great little city to the south and I love going there. Nashville has a unique flavor that has very little to do with country music. There’s just this …

What’s Brewing? In Search of the Perfect Blend

On a recent trip to Chicago to visit my son and daughter-in-law, I visited two coffee shops. In the same day. Whenever I’m traveling, I love checking out coffee shops, soaking up the unique ambiance, people-watching and, of course, snagging a good cup of coffee. A coffee shop that stands out in recent memory is Headquarters, …

What’s Brewing? Knowing Which Hat To Wear

The internet has been down at our house following a patch of stormy weather. In some ways, the outage has been a blessing, but being disconnected has also been inconvenient. Hence, this late post on “What’s Brewing” is brought to you from my favorite booth at Great Lakes Chocolate and Coffee (where the Pandora station …

What’s Brewing? The Coffee in Your Cup Helps Bring Children ‘Home’

She drew people to her, young and old alike. She just lit up the room. Was it her smile? Her naturally friendly manner? The curly red hair and sparkling giggle certainly caught your attention. But beyond all that, what illuminated the face of my friend Chris was love — the love of Jesus that she …

What’s Brewing? Finding Satisfaction in the Work That Finds You

The rain fell steadily on the pavement outside the coffee shop Saturday morning as a steady flow of customers kept our drive-thru busy. One brave soul, a woman I judged to be a little younger than myself, ducked through the front door and shook rain from her hair. Ordering a small mocha with whip, she …