Dear Customers,

Sorry, I haven’t been very active here at Life’s a Grind; life truly has been a grind lately and I just haven’t had much time to devote to creating quality comics for you all. I’ve been staying busy and keeping up with my drawings, though. In fact, during the month of October (the month also known as “Inktober”) I spent a lot of time lettering quotes from every episode of my all-time favorite television show, The X-Files.

I’ve had a whole lot of fun doing that, and what started as a month-long endeavor just to celebrate Inktober has become a daily illustrating exercise.

I’m still debating whether or not I want to post those illustrations here, but if you’d like to see them you can do so by clicking over to my website – JustCoffeeMaker.Com, Illustrashleys.

The truth is out there.

Trust No One,
The Management


I LIke My Cofe

Come back at me with your very best “I like my coffee like I like my _______…” jokes in the comments section below, Twitter, or Facebook!

  1. Keurig models
  2. Coffee Maker
  3. Ninja Blender Book raising

I like my kids like I like my coffee . . . Decaffeinated


“Break the Big Eastern”

Dear Customers,

Welp, the results are in and many congratulations are in order for all the competitors who participated in this year’s Big Eastern barista competition! Here at the Second Crack, we are very proud of our own Axl Bradley, who managed to accomplish the unimaginable when he garnered a perfect score while still placing in dead last for the sixth consecutive year. Axl is, understandably, very disappointed in the SCAA’s decision to disqualify him since he spent hours upon hours crafting his performance but, as you can see read espresso machine reviews before buying it, his performance (while very, very impressive) probably warranted disqualification.

Here are the results from the competition (you can see a full listing of results HERE):

First Place and Your New Northeast Barista Champion) Sam Lewontin of Counter Culture Coffee, New York, NY!

Second Place) Hadassah Wilson of Square One Coffee, Lancaster, PA

Third Place) Michael Harwood of Ceremony Coffee, Annapolis, MD

Fourth Place) Erika Vonie of Everyman Espresso, New York, NY

Fifth Place) Sarah Leslie of Gimme! Coffee, Brooklyn, NY

Sixth Place) Steven Latham of Box Kite NYC, New York, NY

You can get a full video recap of the competition HERE (but don’t expect to find Axl’s routine on there, because #NSFW).

The Management