Coffeehouse Blunders

A weekly chat with Chess International Master Danny and Coffee Snob Motz on all things coffee, chess, tech, & the lives of these two adorable besties.

About the show

Join Daniel "Danny" Rensch and James "Motz" Montemagno each week on Coffeehouse Blunders as they discuss the latest in chess, coffee, tech, and anything else happening in their wonderful lives and around the world. Danny's life as an International Chess Master collides with Motz's mobile development and public speaking background for absolutely adorable and astonishing conversation.

Episodes and Blog Entries

  • Chess Grandmaster Robert Hess Takeover

    Episode  |  November 29th, 2018  |  Season 1  |  32 mins 7 secs
    carlsen, caruana, chess, coffee, life, tech, wcc

    Chess Grandmaster Robert Hess joins Danny (while James is off traveling the world) to review everything that was the 2018 World Chess Championship match between Magnus Carlsen and Fabiano Caruana.

  • Urban Hiking with Carlsen

    Episode  |  November 22nd, 2018  |  Season 1  |  41 mins 15 secs
    carlsen, chess, coffee, family, gym, moving, tech, wcc

    We are back from a break and the WCC is in full swing! Before that though we have lots of life happening for the greater awesome. Motz does some urban hiking and joined a Gym and Danny just moved! We also break down all the WCC!

  • OOF - Watching Chess

    Episode  |  November 15th, 2018  |  Season 1  |  53 secs
    chess, coffee, ooff, tech, world chess championship

    We are out of office this week, but don't worry we will be back next week with more Blunders goodness.

  • Car vs Car: Sponsored by Starburst

    Episode  |  November 8th, 2018  |  Season 1  |  22 mins 41 secs
    caps, carlsen, caruana, chess, coffee, starburst, world chess championship

    It is go time! Carlsen vs Caruana in the 2018 World Chess Championship and we have full unofficial coverage! Also lots of silly talk about corn and Starburst!

  • Trick or Treat

    Episode  |  November 1st, 2018  |  Season 1  |  20 mins 37 secs
    chess, coffee, tech

    Danny is on the move... literally, while Motz is trying to play catch up from a week in the Dominican Republic.

  • The Isle of not-only-Man

    Episode  |  October 25th, 2018  |  Season 1  |  13 mins 20 secs
    chess, the isle of man

    The Isle of Man, The Isle of Man, The Isle of Man, The Isle of Man, The Isle of Man, The Isle of Man, The Isle of Man, The Isle of Man, The Isle of Man....

  • All About Those Bits, Give Me Subs

    Episode  |  October 18th, 2018  |  Season 1  |  32 mins 32 secs
    bits, chess, coffee, en passant, hand and brain, subs, twitch, winks

    This week we talk about Twitch streaming culture and community for Bits and Subs, Motz is blown away by the recent Hand & Brain chess battle, and get to some listener feedback.

  • Social Blundering

    Episode  |  October 11th, 2018  |  Season 1  |  41 mins 50 secs
    awkward, chess, coffee, life, poker, tech, thanksgiving, trolls

    Motz attends his second Canadian Thanksgiving and completely makes it awkward by accident. Danny is joining the poker game and discusses trolls of the internet.

  • Stalking Ourselves On The Internet

    Episode  |  October 4th, 2018  |  Season 1  |  36 mins 55 secs
    chess, drake, hip-hop, merch, parenting, privacy, tech

    No topic is off limits this week as Motz and Danny get into data privacy, merch, fatherhood, and hip-hop!

  • Looking Up

    Episode  |  September 27th, 2018  |  Season 1  |  44 mins 24 secs
    chess, coffee, disney, internet, ios 12, look up, millennial, screen time, tech

    Motz is in the happiest place on earth or so all the signs say around him, Danny informs us on technology and children, and we all try to look up from our phones.

  • Danny's First Bad Coffee

    Episode  |  September 20th, 2018  |  Season 1  |  36 mins 27 secs
    captain marvel, chess, coffee, marvel, movies, streaming, tech, twitch

    After nearly a year and a half Danny has finally gone through his own coffee revolution. He has gone through the upgrade process of grinding and brewing, and now he has finally reached a new level of appreciation for good and bad coffee alike. It is not all coffee as we break down the world of Twitch streaming, how Marvel is ruining our lives, and of course the new Captain Marvel trailer!

  • En Passant with Friends

    Episode  |  September 13th, 2018  |  Season 1  |  29 mins 44 secs
    chess, en passant, jamaica, tech, travel

    Danny makes an epic voyage to Jamaica and Motz learns an important lesson with his first ever en passant.

  • Partner WODs with Jed

    Episode  |  September 6th, 2018  |  Season 1  |  28 mins 59 secs
    box, chess, coffee, crossfit, life, magnus, working out

    Danny steps back into the box with Jed and crushes it while Magnus is fending off Caruana.

  • Champions of Computer Chess

    Episode  |  August 30th, 2018  |  Season 1  |  40 mins 15 secs
    chess, coffee, computer, engine, moving, parenting, team work, tech

    We have become YouTube famous! We talk nick names, parenting blunders, and what the heck is this new Computer Chess Championship from

  • Free Parking for Storage

    Episode  |  August 23rd, 2018  |  Season 1  |  40 mins 23 secs
    chess, coffee, family, hording, moving, park city, seattle, tech, utah

    Danny is off saving the world and helping shape's future out in Park City, while Motz is in the middle of packing up his life into tiny boxes. We ponder why we horde so much stuff, why Motz's smart car is so awesome, and corporate sponsorship in chess.

  • Smog City Sickness

    Episode  |  August 16th, 2018  |  Season 1  |  33 mins 43 secs
    america's got talent, chess, coffee, family, parenting, smog, tech, weather

    Danny is under the weather, but is a champ to pull through this week's podcast to discuss chess memes, parenting, being sick, and America's Got Talent.