Joe Olson

My day job is business systems manager at J.H. Findorff & Son, Inc., which is one of the area’s leading construction services companies. I’m a liaison between IT and the project management staff. Prior to that I served in the Marines for four years.

 My most memorable caffeine was the coffee I drank when I was on 24-hour watch in the military. It seems like no matter where I was stationed, the coffee was consistently the worst possible! But when you need to stay focused and alert for 24 hours straight, you’ll do what you need to—including drinking sludge-like coffee, made in an industrial-style coffee maker.

 My current caffeine of choice if I’m at a coffee shop is typically the house coffee with cream and a couple Splendas®. At work I might have a K-cup ®.

My favorite place for caffeine is M-N-M’s Coffeehouse in Waunakee. It’s close to my house and it’s got a lot of space. It’s a great place to get work done.

The person I’d love to share a cup of caffeine with is my grandfather. I lived with my grandparents when I was in middle and high school; my grandfather passed away when I was in college. He’d let me tag along with him to the diner in Bloomer, Wis. and we’d hang out with the old guys and solve the world’s problems. I’d love a chance to do that again.

 World problem that could be solved with the right amount of caffeine: The perpetual sense of false busyness of modern society. It makes for an unsustainable culture if we’re so busy that we can’t enjoy our family, the outdoors and life in general. People use coffee as a stimulant, to get them revved up and moving, but instead of getting that coffee at the drive-through window and heading out to tackle your 25 errands, why not sit down and enjoy a cup and a conversation with a friend.