Spencer X. Smith

My day job is running a consulting company that delivers digital marketing and social media in plain English. (Fun fact: Spencer was formerly what he describes as a “very minor rock star” as the drummer and booking manager for the rock band, Myopic Son).

 My most memorable caffeine was when I was about 19 and was really into weight lifting. It was a time when supplements were largely seen as being “ok” and I tried something called “Ultimate Orange,” which was probably a combination of caffeine and ephedrine and who knows what else. I’m sure it would be banned for athletes today! I wasn’t a coffee drinker at the time and I remember trying that, feeling my synapses firing and thinking, “So this is what all the buzz on stimulants is about!”

 My current caffeine of choice is something dark roast, served black. I’m not a coffee connoisseur!

My favorite place for caffeine is the Barriques on Cayuga St. in Middleton. I like the size and the layout and the location is extremely accessible.

The person I’d love to share a cup of caffeine with is Earl Nightingale. He was an early radio announcer and one of the first people to promote non-music recorded audio—including audio books. He has what I think is one of the best definitions of success, “The progressive realization of a worthy idea.” I love the idea that success is something to be determined by an individual and not influenced by external factors. It would be great to sit down with Earl and hear the genesis of that definition.

 World problem that could be solved with the right amount of caffeine: Think about your average coffee shop vs. your average bar. A bar is a place where people are prone to group think, and are competing and trying to impress each other. It’s a place where, at some point, a fight is almost inevitable. Contrast that with a coffee shop where people often meet one-on-one and where they come to understand, hear each other out and collaborate. What if the world could be more like a coffee shop?