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As a pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates, I've been blessed with the opportunity to travel to major league cities across the country and experience some of the most unique attractions and beverages they have to offer.  Explore the places I visit, discover the cool people I meet and subscribe to catch a glimpse into my life.


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April 11, 2018

I'm telling you now, brace yourself for this really cool space. Had a 🔥 Ethiopian pour over with tons of flavor that was to die for. There were lots of options for coffee drinkers of all sorts (from the pour overs to specialty house lattes). AND this spot is coffee by...

April 3, 2018

Starbucks is a last resort for most coffee snobs. But Starbucks Reserves? Those are worthy of an early morning opening day cup of coffee! Reserves offer a wide variety of rare coffees, and many different crafty ways to brew (im drinking a pour over of Jamaican Blue Mou...

March 28, 2018

Nothing says good morning louder than a good pour and Commonwealth Cafe in Birmingham, Detroit didn't disappoint. This little gathering spot has quite a variety of different pour over options but I was prescribed the Guatemalan roast which was super smooth. Usually a p...

March 23, 2018

Hello Saint Petersburg aka St. Pete

Can't pass through without stopping at your hipster's hipster coffee shop. They roast their own beans in house, to make a one of a kind "bandit" blend. I'd say, it's some of the best at-home beans I've made a pour over. Not to mention...

March 19, 2018

Buddy Brew is my go to spring training spot. A few locations throughout Tampa (my favorite being inside of Oxford exchange). This one is in Sarasota (worth driving to for any coffee snob visiting the area for pirates or orioles spring training!). Great outdoor hangout...

September 26, 2017

Myself and Commonplace Coffee are proud to present the Lending Hearts Blend.  With my recent cancer scare and recovery, in addition to my genuine love of all things coffee, Commonplace Coffee and Lending Hearts were a natural fit with this charitable effort, and I'm pr...

May 19, 2017

I recently had the chance to hit up Commonplace Coffee

The Commonplace Coffee located in Mexican War Streets – a history district in the central northside neighborhood of Pittsburgh.  TJ, the shop’s owner, was kind enough to offer me a bag of beans to try at my leisure....

April 19, 2017

BluePrint Coffee, located in St. Louis by Washington University, stayed true to its tagline, “Beauty in Precision”. Their moto “coffee is a craft to be mastered and then that process must be perfectly duplicated,” was reflected in the cup I had. They don't want you to...

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