SQS004: Cultura Craft Chocolate

Matt from Cultura Craft Coffee

Matt Armstrong

I am a chocolate addict. When I emotionally eat, good chocolate is what I like to reach for. Also, when I’m happy…you get the idea. I love all things chocolate. So, when I noticed a large number of chocolatiers/chocolate companies in Denver, I thought it would be great to talk to a couple of them to figure out what the deal was…and, hopefully score some free chocolate. I didn’t get any from Matt because I forgot to…ask..beg. But, we had a good time talking about chocolate.  Enjoy the interview.

Colorado Chocolate 

  • What’s the deal with all the chocolate? There is a ton of great chocolate being made in Colorado. I’ve had a great time “sampling” all of them.

 

  • Dead Dog Chocolate has changed to Cultura Craft Chocolate. Why the branding change?

 

  • What Matt’s role is in the company. Matt is originally from Cali (with a couple of stops along the way). I’m curious about how he got connected with Culture Craft Chocolate.

 

  • Chocolate makers vs. chocolatiers. What’s the difference?

 

  • The ongoing process of educating consumers about their chocolate (quality vs. cost). I love supporting local businesses and know that cost and getting consumers to be comfortable with potentially spending more is an ongoing challenge.

 

  • Matt’s business experience in Colorado so far.

 

  • We get sidetracked by his taco love. It’s kind of hilarious how much he loves tacos. He let’s me know if Denver has any good places to check them out.

 

  • We discuss how Matt got into chocolate making. It’s a pretty cool story!

 

  • Drinking chocolate and getting consumers to make the switch to higher quality chocolate. It has less sugar but tastes so good.

 

  • I wonder about his favorite chocolate and the most popular bars that they sell.

 

  • I get nosey.

Where to Find Cultura Craft Chocolate

 

 

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SQS003: Julie Rodriguez: Denver Nomz

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In this week’s episode, I speak with Julie from @DenverNomz a foodie Instagram feed that I follow. I’m going to be honest and say that it amazes me that Denver even has a foodie scene to talk about. In fact, I’m so fascinated by this, that I plan to talk to other people in the foodie space and continue to explore good eating in D-town.

The Notes:

  • I geek out about High Lonesome Ranch. A food experience that I WILL have sometime in the next 12 months.

 

  • Julie finds her “online” voice

 

  • I wonder how Julie grew her Instagram feed so quickly.

 

  • Going from the East/South/Cali-to Denver. We talk about foodie expectations.

 

  • Julie almost loses her street cred with me because she doesn’t like green chili. I gasped.

 

  • She’s able to explore Denver’s food scene because it’s a lot more affordable.

 

 

  • We talk unexpected places.

 

  • Wrapping my mind around Birdcall.

 

  • We talk the evolution of this project.

 

  • Julie gives some advice regarding sustaining blogging focus.

Julie’s Camera: Nikon D3400

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Square State Podcast: Ben Thomsen

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It’s painful to admit that I actually recorded this episode on a beautiful day in November from the patio of one of my favorite coffee shops in Denver. It is one of my favorite conversations on entrepreneurship, drive, and friendship. It’s also painful because Ben Thomson took time out of his day to drop some wisdom my way and then I didn’t share.

Pod Fade 

Is a painful thing. If you are looking to start a business the following story is a great one to learn from.  It is possible to work with friends, it is possible to have more than one project and it is possible to grow creative endeavors.

Ben Thomson

Shamus McNutt, and Mark Grubbs are a trip who aren’t f#cking around. They are making the city of Denver theirs-one business at a time. I look forward to watching their businesses and sphere of influence grow in the upcoming years.

Flow State Marketing

Looking to grow your business and need some help with marketing-Ben Thomson and his friends/colleagues have worked with some amazing brands. Check them out.

Denver Munchies

It blows my mind that Denver now has a food scene…with good food. No more just steaks (even though they’re good) and potatoes. Check out Denver Munchie’s Instagram feed to get some foodie inspiration.

 

 

 

 

 

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Trinity Hindman-The Sophisticate’s Tea: Square State 4


I am the person who loves tea and coffee equally. In fact, you’ll probably find that I will share a ridiculous number of coffee shop reviews on this website. So, when I’m wandering around town I’m always on the lookout for a great tea or coffee product.

This summer I was walking on the 16th Street Mall (doesn’t happen often) when I noticed a cute little tea cart next to a taco cart. I wasn’t hungry, but I was thirsty, so I decided to buy some tea.

The Sophisticate’s Tea

Is delicious! I ended up having an awesome conversation with Trinity while we warded off an awkwardly scary guy in torn tights from bothering us.

The following conversation is a great one to share with people who are trying to grow something great. Whether it’s a brick and mortar business or something online.

Trinity shared a lot of wisdom and I look forward to continuing to support The Sophisticate’s Tea.

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What Colorado Can Improve: Square State 3

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While I love a lot of things about Colorado there are a number of issues that we have and that I wish we would get a handle on so that we can improve our state and the lives of people living here.

In today’s episode I explore a small number of those issues briefly with the goal of reaching out to people who are working on resolving those issues in our state in the future.

I’m including links to articles that may give you more information and details about the issues that I brought up.

  • Lack of transportation across the state.
  • Access to the mountains when you don’t have a car.

 

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A Listening Ear: Square State 2

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Episode 2

Today’s episode is all about listening. I randomly met Anita at Platform T in Baker. She was sitting at a table that had a sign on it that said something like “listening table.” Having a goal of 365 episodes in a year makes a person speak to every interesting person who crosses their path. And, I’m an extrovert.

This episode covers the following:

  • Listening without judgement
  • Radical listening
  • How the listening works
  • No names please!
  • Then, we talk about living in Colorado.

Her next listening session will be held on January 4th at Panera, Glendale City Set. Please go to www.apieceofquiet.com to schedule your session.

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Have an amazing day!

 

Michelle