Trailing (Jonathan Adams)...

Trailing (v.): industry speak for following along and learning the ropes of a restaurant operation. In our new blog series of the same name, we invite you to read along, trailing a few of Philadelphia's favorite industry folk for a day. You know them - they've swirled art in your latte, poured you a glass of wine or roasted the best damn chicken you've had in the city.  Today, Jon Adams (Spanish-speaker, rad dad and co-bro at Rival Bros Coffee) gives us his rundown. We hope you enjoy and periodically check back for more...

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014:  

  • 5:30 a.m. - woke up and walked my dogs, CJ and Layla. Fed them and I had a big glass of water with a lot of lemon. My family is down the shore for the week so I didn't need to be quiet. I did a quick set of exercises and hopped in the shower.
  •  6:15 a.m. - drove to work and listened to the new Gaslight Anthem record. It's fantastic, if not a little heavy and sad. 
  • 6:35 a.m. - got to work and tossed a high-five to my barista Chrystina who beat me to work. We tasted a few espressos while dialing in the machine. Texted the wife to say g'day. 
  • 7 a.m. - the Rival Bros Coffee bar is open for business. I really love that first crack of the day when people stumble in. The light in our space is amazing and everyone just seems so relieved to grab a hot cup. Music choice this morning was The Allman Brothers Greatest Hits. And for the record, I don't shuffle. I like listening to full records straight through.
  • 9 a.m. - ate a piece of anadama  toast with butter and sea salt. I feel real lucky to have such excellent bread at my fingertips. Checked in with my compadre, Mr. Damien Pileggi.
  • 10 a.m. - drank an iced pourover of our Costa Rica "la acosteña" and a piece of ancient grains with butter, spoke with my wife and sons real quick while I moved my car to avoid the evil PPA.
  • noon - had another espresso and reached out to a few wholesale clients.
  • 2 p.m. - went to Cafe Ynez to adjust machine. Had two espressos and one Mexican mocha macchiato. I like going there because I can kick it in Spanish with the staff and they always get a kick out of it. At least, I think so. We talked about how much saffron to use when you make arroz amarillo (yellow or Spanish rice).
  • 3:30 p.m. - went to Vernick to adjust machine. Had two more espressos. Those guys are great. Had a chat with Ryan Mulholland and Vince Stipo, made espresso for both of them. Talked about me coming in for a Friday night guest barista shift. I'm all about it.
  • 4:45 p.m. - stopped by Pure Fare and whacked an espresso from Blue Bottle. Gotta stay fresh on what's out there, ya know? Called my wife during the drive home. 
  • 5:30 p.m. - got home, hung out with the dogs, caught up on some online reading (sprudge, foobooz, New York Times).
  • 7 p.m. - went to Brittingham's to observe coffee service during dinner rush. I love being in the kitchen when it's full tilt. My buddy Joe Frost is the chef there and he made me a chicken fried pork cutlet with spicy coleslaw on a semolina roll. It was real good.
  • 9 p.m. - back home with the dogs, poured a few fingers of bourbon, caught up with the wife, wrote some emails, watched a Jimmy Fallon rerun. 
  • 11 p.m. - buenas noches!