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Derek Keenan

Derek Keenan is the type of designer who gives me hope for the future. Hopefully you didn’t choke on the cheesiness of that last sentence, so you can read on and I can attempt to redeem myself for sounding so flowery and idealistic.

We, the people of the United States, consume…a lot. We waste a lot, and we toss a lot. Once our trash is out of sight, for the most part, it’s out of mind. However, there are people like Derek in this world who are proactive in taking what most consider trash and expanding its lifespan.

Derek turns broken skateboard decks into beautiful jewelry and artful belt buckles. He reminds me most of Stumptown’s Honduras San Vicente coffee—comprised of the Pacas and Bourbon varietals, the San Vicente produces well at high altitude and has tremendous balance.

I love thinking about how much space in the landfill is saved by skate shops giving Derek broken boards instead of trashing them. I love the fact that Derek says this idea is just the beginning and that when I talked to him, he seemed to have an open mind to the idea of working with the waste of the coffee industry (remember, coffee is the second most traded commodity in the world!). I told him about the ridiculous amount of silver plastic bags I have in storage; maybe he can drop his industrial design knowledge all over those things so they can stop taking up space in my life and start being something beautiful for others.

I make videos because I love learning about people’s passions, and I enjoy connecting people to people by sharing their stories. While researching coffee (my obsession) over the past four years, I discovered that many creatives rely on coffee as a drug. They love what it does to their brain and how it’s a catalyst for creativity.

Coffee is complex. So are people. Drink up.