Side Jams, Episode 24: David Ellefson

David Ellefson loves coffee so much
he created his own brew.

It had been over 20 years since I last interviewed Megadeth bassist David Ellefson, and it was great to discuss a side jam he is passionate about — his coffee! We spoke a bit about his covers album No Cover, but the focus was on the Ellefson Coffee Company which he co-founded four years ago. They now sell numerous roasts online and through various retailers around the country.

David enthusiastically dove into details about the origins of his business, how he has learned about the intricacies and nuances involved in coffee making, and how he has gained a strong education in entrepreneurship and running an independent business. I called him via Skype at his home in Phoenix, Arizona. He was taking a break from packing up boxes of his artisanal coffee for shipment. I’m not a coffee drinker myself, so I learned a lot from our conversation.

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