“For what it’s worth: it’s never too late or, in my case, too early to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit, stop whenever you want. You can change or stay the same, there are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. And I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view. I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find that you’re not, I hope you have the courage to start all over again.”

- Erik Roth, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Screenplay

After a rewarding military career I now need to explore becoming who I really want to be. Soldiering was a long and exciting chapter in my life, but I now  must choose another path in making the best of it. I have recently discovered the entrepreneurial spirit and I find it a very exciting path. Although I have lived a life I am proud of,  I am certain I will not be able to say the same 10 years from now if I don’t muster the courage to start all over again. This is that start …

I love coffee. I love the stories I associate with it. These stories, my experiences, range from the coffeehouses of Vancouver in the early 1990’s, to the street ‘chai’ of India; from the hand-ground Turkish coffees of the Balkans, to the French Press rituals I formed in Afghanistan. Most recently, I have found joy in discovering the emerging coffee scene in Ottawa.

Ottawa is a great town and has so much to offer. Great food, great craft beers, and great coffee. With so much to do regardless the season, there is always room for a coffee. I hope to become part of this landscape and community.  This blog will journal my journey, the stories that brought me here and my developing skills pulling shots. Follow as I learn about coffee and fumble my way through starting a business.

Welcome to the journey as I muster the courage to become the next version of myself and follow a dream. Welcome, to My Java Journal.