Craft Makers that Inspire Us

There are some people out there that just get it right. Here are a select few of those makers and artisanal crafters that inspire and motivate us to stay on top of our game:


June Taylor Jams

June Taylor has mastered the art of jam-making. Her marmalades, conserves, fruit butters and syrups are out of this world when it comes to taste and texture. From refreshing citrus flavors to Gravenstein Apple butter, June captures perfectly calibrated Californian taste profiles in her jars.


Mustard That Matters

And you thought all mustard was the same!? Wrong. Mustard that Matters, operating out of a home kitchen in Shasta County, CA, is indeed different. Producing charcuterie-style mustard without preservatives, only from mustard seeds and vinegar from organic local ingredients. Mustard that Matters donates 15% of their revenue to the High Fives Foundation.

Aftelier Perfumes

The Aftel Archive of Curious Scents is not only a museum of scents, but its own world to immerse yourself in. Operating out of Berkeley, CA, Mandy Aftel has collected and created perfumes only from the best and finest natural ingredients over the last decades.

Patric Chocolate

Patric Chocolate will always hold a special place in our hearts. As our loyal and trusted mentor, Alan never shied away from directing our course as a chocolate maker, and sharing the tips and tricks of the business. Patric Chocolate is one of the craft makers that truly puts quality before quantity and continues to amaze us with new beans and flavors.


What We are Currently Reading

Author: Ray Oldenburg

The Great Good Place argues that "third places" - where people can gather, put aside the concerns of work and home, and hang out simply for the pleasures of good company and lively conversation - are the heart of a community's social vitality and the grassroots of democracy.

Author: Kristy Leissle

Chocolate has long been a favorite indulgence. But behind every chocolate bar we unwrap, there is a world of power struggles and political maneuvering over its most important ingredient: cocoa.


Author: Seneca

Excerpt from the book: “It is not that we have a short time to live, but that we waste a lot of it. Life is long enough, and a sufficiently generous amount has been given to us for the highest achievements if it were all well invested.”


Other Inspirational Links & Things

How the Economic Machine Works - by Ray Dalio on YouTube

Farnam Street Blog - Mastering The Best Of What Other People Have Already Figured Out

What Does the Word “Artisan” Mean? - by Kristy Leissle on Dandelion Chocolate’s Blog

Curious Cook - Exploring the Science of Food and its Transformations with Harold McGee