The Triple Bar Team
Coffee roaster and espresso drinker
My interest in coffee began at a very young age. After my father returned home from the Chicago candy and confectionery expo bearing multiple bags of assorted vendor samples, I came across a light-brown hard candy packaged in a metallic wrap emblazoned with the words “Café Latte” on the side. I then learned that café means coffee, a word I had regularly heard around the house. Soon thereafter, I snuck a sip of my father’s black coffee and swore I would never be able to drink something so foul.
From this moment forward, I began filling in the gaps between the 100% sugar, coffee-flavored lozenge and the viscous black sludge with a taste that scarcely resembled the tantalizing aroma that came from the can just moments earlier.
Junior high Starbuck’s Frappuccinos gave way to high school indie coffee shops, which segued into college study abroad European coffee houses that culminated in the purchase of a cheap plastic espresso machine. A new passion was born and I haven’t lost interest since.
I now roast my own beans and my kitchen counter is decorated with more coffee brewing peripherals every year. In the interest of sharing my passion for roasting, grinding, and brewing coffee with the world, I started Triple Bar Coffee in 2017 with my friend Matt.
Aeropress-er and tea drinker
I enjoy coffee and “doing things the right way.” The thing that I’ve come to love about coffee is that there’s a lot of ways to make and enjoy a cup. With each passing year, I always seem to learn something new about coffee–something that deepens my enjoyment.
Coffee is approachable and global; not many drinks can say the same.
There’s a recurring theme of coffee showing up in my most cherished memories. It’s subtle, and usually it’s in the background, but a cup of coffee is often there.
I decided to work on Triple Bar Coffee with Tyler largely out of interest. It has since grown into a passion project fueled by the desire to learn more about coffee and share what I learn with the world.
Why Triple Bar?
The triple bar symbol has a variety of uses in mathematics, engineering, and chemistry.
In binary logic, the triple bar symbol is used to show logical equality, also known as a logical biconditional. In electrical engineering, a logical biconditional is apparent in the creation of the XNOR gate, a fundamental building block of digital circuits.
In chemistry, the triple bar symbol is used to signify a triple bond between atoms. A triple bond is a covalent link between two atoms, in which the atoms share three pairs of electrons.
As you might have guessed, coffee roasting and brewing are chock full of chemistry and chemical bonds. While the caffeine compound shown below doesn’t have any triple bonds, we will be sharing lots of information on the chemistry of coffee, so stay tuned!
Tyler is an electrical engineer and Matt is a chemical engineer by trade, so it only made sense to sneak some engineering and mathematical Easter eggs into the name.