Nearly everything good in my life over the past 10 years has included Starbucks. Most of you reading this have been brought to me somehow via a small coffee shop on the corner of 108th Ave NE and NE 2nd in Bellevue. My vast coffee community is another ironic tie to the old country where coffee shops become the center of social community even in the tiniest of villages, like Montanare. Yesterday, Iron Twine Press founder, Ethan, and I sat with the #1 Starbucks evangelist on earth. Starbucks Melody has amassed a five-digit following of fans from every corner of planet earth through her blog (and she has a book too: Tales from the Siren: A Starbucks Melody). Her passion for everything Starbucks is palpable. This young lady has much more intelligence on my coffee company than I could ever imagine having, even after nearly a dozen years behind the counter. The 12th chapter of Miracles in Montanare: Ten Years in Tuscany (“Coffee Here, Coffee There”), is my attempt to share my thanks and gratitude to Howard Schultz for providing my family’s peace of mind through high quality health care coverage. As I shared this chapter with Starbucks Melody, I realized I was sharing my work with someone who absolutely gets it: Starbucks is not a company, it’s a way of life; a way of life that has created an opportunity for me to actualize my goals and ambitions, one of which has been, for a very long time, the very book I was so grateful to have the chance to share with Melody yesterday.