Beans, Bikes, and a Bald Guy


first_img“That coffee you’re drinking? The guy who grew that got shot in the head last week.”The couple casually sipping on their just-purchased cup of joe pause, unsure of how to react to the bald man standing before them. Is he joking? Is he serious? For a moment, the four of us stand on the front porch of Bald Guy Brew with only the sound of cars idling through downtown Valle Crucis, N.C., to break the silence. The woman nervously laughs and takes another sip.“What’s in your cup matters,” he continues, patting a sack of unroasted Mexican coffee beans that has just arrived. Considering the blunt delivery of his message, the couple recovers surprisingly well and begins to ask questions to the bald guy.That bald guy is the Bald Guy of Bald Guy Brew Roasting Company. His name is Don Cox, and he’s just about as complex of an individual as the third-world coffees he roasts in his little shop in western North Carolina. An Appalachian State University alumnus, carpenter, priest, aspiring cyclist, and “grunt” of Bald Guy Brew, Cox’s diverse array of life experiences and interests can be seen in every corner of the coffee shop.Framed photographs of Rwandan refugees adorn the walls, bike jerseys hang off the handlebars of Cox’s commuter ride, and a stack of coffee sacks from around the globe sit in a chest-deep pile by the main roaster, Lucille.“She’s got a nice groove, like B.B. King’s guitar,” Cox says, nodding toward the roasting machine that’s loudly churning freshly roasted coffee beans.The machine isn’t tucked away in some back room of the coffee shop. Instead, Cox has it on display so customers can see the roasting process, from green coffee bean to delicious caffeinated beverage. Cox’s wife Shannon is a schoolteacher, so he’s well versed in the ways of education. There’s a story behind every photograph, a lesson in each empty sack of coffee, but his main platform for helping educate others on “what’s in your cup,” is his bike.“I’m not a cyclist,” Cox says. “I’ve fallen off my bike more than I’ve ever ridden it. Plus, a bald guy in spandex…bad.”Don’t let his modesty fool you. Cox has spent his fair share of hours in the saddle. After diving into the coffee growing industry during a three-year stint in Mexico, Cox was invited to work with genocide survivors in Rwanda where he came up with the Beans for Bikes initiative. In the spring of 2011, Cox hopped on a bike in Wrightsville Beach, N.C., and pedaled his way home to Boone with 100 pounds of Rwandan coffee on board. His mission? For every mile he rode, a backer would pledge $1 to the initiative to help fund the production of bikes for coffee growers in Rwanda.“It was amazing…that I made it,” Cox says laughing. “I helped raise over $5,000. I think I was younger and dumber. But, now I’m older and dumber so I’m going to do it again.”This fall, Cox plans to hop back on the bike and reverse his trip, this time pedaling to Wrightsville Beach from Boone with 100lbs of Costa Rican coffee. The goal now is to raise funds to create a research and development farm in Costa Rica. The farm will serve as an educational project to help coffee growers, which will in turn create a standard to open up the doors for market access. If you’ve ever wondered what “fair trade” really means, this is it.“We exist to empower coffee growing communities rather than exploit them,” Cox says. “Coffee has to be doing good things for us and it has to be good. So if it’s good, and it’s doing good, it’s kind of a win.”Since starting his business in 2011, Cox has made every effort to provide eco-friendly, socially responsible, artisanal coffee. From the bio-fueled, solar-powered Dodge Sprinter van where Bald Guy Brew began to the 4,500 pounds of coffee beans that have now been distributed to wholesale clients entirely by bike (3,800 of those by Cox himself), this bald guy doesn’t just talk the talk – he rides it too.“Why do I ride bikes to promote Bald Guy’s mission of doing good? It’s because if I walk carrying coffee it will take too long,” he says. “I think small businesses can make a difference without having a lot of money. You have to be who you say you are and do what you say.”It’s a lot easier said than done. From coffee shareholder politics to clogging up the injectors of his van while trying to make his own biofuel, Cox has built his business from the ground up, largely through trial and error.“I have a 9-year-old and a 12-year-old who were six and nine during that Beans for Bikes ride,” Cox says. “They saw their old man humpin’ up a mountain on a bike with a bunch of coffee trying to make a difference in the world. I just want my boys to know that there’s another way to live. We don’t have the ability to write fat checks, but I have a bike.”last_img read more

Chelsea, Man Utd target Ben Chilwell scores stunning goal as Leicester and Watford draw [VIDEO]


first_imgWatford kept their hopes of survival in the Premier League alive with a very late goal in their 1-1 draw at home to Leicester.Craig Dawson’s 93rd-minute leveller will steal most of the headlines but Ben Chilwell’s strike will definitely take some of the limelight.Running onto Demarai Gray’s ball from the right, the left-back took a touch and rifled the ball in off the post.Having come in the 80th minute, the goal sparked wild celebrations from the Leicester players and officials who felt they had clinched a late victory.Unfortunately for them, Dawson’s even later overhead kick won a point for Watford.Chilwell has emerged as a target for both Chelsea and Man Utd this summer and is reported to be worth about 80 million pounds to Leicester.The price tag is said to be the main factor holding both sides from making a concrete move.However, this effort might just convince either club to finally splash the cash.Take a look at Chilwell’s brilliant effort below:What a goal from Chilwell. #WATLEI— A.O.K (@Sir_Khenny) June 20, 2020last_img read more

NASCAR results at Watkins Glen: Chase Elliott repeats in Go Bowling at the Glen


first_imgThe 2019 version of Go Bowling at the Glen felt a whole lot like 2018 — Chase Elliott even ran out of fuel during his celebratory burnout. Elliott held on to a narrow lead during the final laps to beat Martin Truex Jr. at Watkins Glen International for the second year in a row. The win is the second of the season for Elliott.Elliott and Truex finished a full nine seconds better than the rest of the field in a race dominated by two of the best road course drivers. Elliott led 81 of the 90 laps, the second most ever at Watkins Glen. The No. 9 became just the fifth driver ever to repeat winning on the track and the first since Marcos Ambrose in 2011-12. 3:24 p.m.: Kyle Busch spins through Turn 1 on Lap 2, but we stay green. The No. 18 looks to not be damaged.3:22 p.m.: Green flag as William Byron and Kyle Busch settle behind Chase Elliott.3:13 p.m.: Cars are rolling. A quick breakdown of today’s race: MORE: Watch the NASCAR live with fuboTV (7-day trial)Denny Hamlin continued his recent stretch of great finishes as the No. 11 placed third. Erik Jones and Ryan Blaney rounded out the top five.Kyle Busch, who entered the day second in the Cup Series standings, did not make any friends as he was twice spun out by drivers (William Byron and Bubba Wallace) after continued contact with both cars throughout the race. The No. 18 Toyota still managed to finish 11th despite sustaining heavy damage, a result that was good enough to propel him to first in the Cup Series standings.Corey LaJoie, who sacrificed a month’s worth of salary in order to don a special paint scheme for Samaritan’s Feet — a faith-based nonprofit that gives shoes to impoverished children — finished 34th. The No. 32 reportedly raised over $100,000 for the charity.The Cup series returns to Michigan International Speedway on Sunday with just four regular season races remaining for the Consumers Energy 400.Sporting News provided live lap-by-lap updates and highlights from the Go Bowling at the Glen. Follow along below.NASCAR at Watkins Glen: Live updates, highlights from Go Bowling at the GlenGo Bowling at the Glen: 2019 winner, top 20 order of finish( All times Eastern.)FinishDriverTeam (Car No.)Laps led1.Chase ElliottHendrick Motorsports (9)812.Martin Truex Jr.Joe Gibbs Racing (19)13.Denny HamlinJoe Gibbs Racing (11)4.Erik JonesJoe Gibbs Racing (20)5.Ryan BlaneyTeam Penske (12)6.Matt DiBenedettoLeavine Family Racing (95)7.Kevin HarvickStewart-Haas (4)8.Kyle LarsonChip Ganassi Racing (42)69.Brad KeselowskiTeam Penske (2)10.Kurt BuschChip Ganassi Racing (1)11.Kyle BuschJoe Gibbs Racing (18)12.Aric AlmirolaStewart-Haas (10)13.Chris BuescherJTG Daugherty Racing (37)14.Alex BowmanHendrick Motorsports (88)15.Ricky Stenhouse Jr.Roush Fenway Racing (17)16.Michael McDowellFront Row Motorsports (34)17.Daniel SuarezStewart-Haas (41)18.Paul MenardWood Brothers Racing (21)319.Jimmie JohnsonHendrick Motorsports (48)20.Clint BowyerStewart-Haas Racing (14)Caution flags: 4Lead changes: 5Lap leaders:  Chase Elliott (81), Kyle Larson (6), Martin Truex Jr. (1), Paul Menard (1)5:36 p.m.: Chase Elliott holds on for his second win of the season.5:34 p.m.: Two laps left. Elliott has a lead of half a second.5:30 p.m.: Five laps to go, and Truex has never been closer, but he’s going to need a mistake from Elliott.5:25 p.m.: Denny Hamlin is in third and a full seven seconds behind Elliott. Erik Jones and Ryan Blaney round out the top five.5:22 p.m.: With 12 laps to go, Elliott has a lead of a single car length. Lap traffic is about to play a factor.5:16 p.m.: Truex gains a lot of ground on nearly every turn, but then Elliott pulls away on the straight aways.5:12 p.m.: Kyle Busch’s car looks like it’s been through a war. He’s 23rd with 20 laps to go.5:10 p.m.: Austin Dillon spins out and has to wait for the pack to pass. No caution.5:09 p.m.: Elliott just radioed that he may have a rear tire going flat from the contact with Truex.5:08 p.m.: Truex may have take some damage to his front fender from all that contact with Elliott.5:06 p.m.: Back green with 25 laps to go. Lots of contact between Elliott and Truex on the restart, but Elliott pulls away.4:57 p.m.: Caution is out after Bubba Wallace retaliates to some contact from Kyle Busch, and very intentionally spins out Busch.4:54 p.m.: Both the leaders have now pitted with 29 laps remaining, and Elliott maintained his narrow lead over the No. 19.4:50 p.m.: Truex is getting dangerously close to passing Elliott. The two are over nine seconds better than Kevin Harvick in third.4:46 p.m.: Daniel Hemric spins out, but no caution or damage.4:42 p.m.: Ty Dillon goes through the grass and has to head to pit road to remove grass from his grill.4:37 p.m.: Chase Elliott and Martin Truex are really pulling away from the field.4:34 p.m.: Green flag waves on the final stage.Stage 2 winner: Chase Elliott4:23 p.m.: Chase Elliott wins Stage 2 under caution.4:21 p.m.: Caution. Bubba Wallace spins out and makes heavy contact with the tire carousel. Since there are just two laps remaining, Stage 2 will end under yellow.4:17 p.m.: Green with four laps left in Stage 2. Elliott maintains his lead, with Truex in second.4:07 p.m.: Caution is out with seven laps to go, as Reed Sorenson’s No. 77 is heavily smoking.4:05 p.m.: As drivers begin pitting, Elliott retakes the lead.4:00 p.m.: Joey Logano went through the grass. He has a big chunk of grass on his grill. Parker Kligerman does a full spinout, but no caution.3:57 p.m.: Back under green with Kyle Larson and Kevin Harvick in the front.3:50 p.m.: What a surprise…Kyle Busch has some beef with a driver. After William Byron spun Busch out early in the race, Busch sent Byron through the grass a few laps later. Both drivers have been sounding off about one another on the radio.Stage 1 winner: Chase Elliott3:46 p.m.: Chase Elliott holds serve to win Stage 1. Jimmie Johnson picks up valuable points in sixth place.3:44 p.m.: Elliott has a lead larger than six seconds with two laps remaining in the stage.3:43 p.m.: And drivers begin their pit strategies on Lap 17.3:41 p.m.: With four laps to go, William Byron tries to get by the inside of Hamlin, nearly spinning the No. 11, but no such wreck.3:35 p.m.: Denny Hamlin and Martin Truex Jr. have moved into second and third behind Elliott.3:30 p.m.: Aric Almirola just radioed that his shifter is “literally” about to break off.last_img read more