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

  • 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.

  • Bulls, Bears, Ditka

    Episode  |  August 9th, 2018  |  Season 1  |  42 mins 56 secs
    6 player, barkthin, chess, coffee, ireland, scc, snacks, speed chess, streaming, travel, twitch

    Motz is off working in Ireland and Danny comes in strong with a wide range of amazing accents. Speed Chess Championship is in full swing and Danny breaks down the action while snacking on some barkTHINS.

  • Make Your Dreams Come True

    Episode  |  August 2nd, 2018  |  Season 1  |  33 mins 7 secs
    books, chess, coffee, dream teams, family, hockey, shia, speed chess, teamwork, tech, work

    Shia drops by the studio to re-confirm that nothing is impossible that we really should be making our dreams come true. Danny has been crushing the speed chess championship and Motz attends Ant-Man vs the Wasp all by himself and it was lovely.

  • Ant-Man vs Wasp vs Caruana vs Aronian

    Episode  |  July 26th, 2018  |  Season 1  |  38 mins 22 secs
    ant-man, aquaman, chess, coffee, life, marvel, scc, speed chess, tech

    The Speed Chess Championship is underway and we have a full breakdown of the Caruana vs Aronian match. Motz and Danny start to read a book together and you can join in, and Motz finally goes to see Ant-Man!

  • Playing the Protein Powder Field

    Episode  |  July 19th, 2018  |  Season 1  |  33 mins 9 secs
    analysis, chess, coffee, family, meal replacement, protein powder, soylent, teaching, tech

    The war between the meal replacement and protein powder has began! We put the past in the past as Motz slowly starts to lose each and every chess game, but Danny assists in telling him how he has been doing everything wrong.

  • Bacon and Butter, Danny's Best Friends

    Episode  |  July 12th, 2018  |  Season 1  |  39 mins 23 secs
    ant-man, avengers, chess, coffee, heat, marvel, movie, tech, thanos, wasp

    Summer is in full effect and Danny is sweating it out in 110+ degree weather. We dive deep on Ant-Man vs Wasp (as Motz calls it), the epic Reddit Thanos banning of 2018, and actually diagnose real chess matches that Motz is getting destroyed in.

  • Not Sure If We Will Have Time

    Episode  |  July 5th, 2018  |  Season 1  |  41 mins 43 secs
    4th of july, avengers, board games, chess, coffee, coffee lids, dream teams, gifts, marvel, milk frother, riza, tech, ticket to ride

    It is 4th of July again! Before we set off on firework adventures we take a look at the crazy world of FIDE and the madness surrounding the next president. Motz also adventures to Costco in his tiny smart car and Danny recaps his crazy weekend at John's wedding!

  • Our Rhymes Are Tight

    Episode  |  June 28th, 2018  |  Season 1  |  28 mins 26 secs
    alaska, anchorage, birthday, life, mc, parenting, story, wedding

    It was someone's birthday this weekend and what a story does he have in store for our listeners! Danny heads off to the amazing wedding of our friend John and for the first time he has no role in a wedding except to just be himself...

  • Pump That Bass & Throw That Iron

    Episode  |  June 21st, 2018  |  Season 1  |  32 mins 15 secs
    adopts, chess, coffee, crazy, komodo, nakamura, so, speed chess, tech

    We take a look back at Motz and Danny's childhood and the interesting paths they both took to get here today. Then we break down all the crazy that is happening in the chess world including accounts getting hacked, Nakamura adopting Komodo, and two factor authentication.

  • Danny Is On A Boat!!!

    Episode  |  June 14th, 2018  |  Season 1  |  17 mins 34 secs
    boat, chess, coffee, family, lake, proposals, tech, vacation, wedding

    That's right, for this special edition of Blunders, Danny is recording live from the top of a boat! We look back at the glorious wedding we recently attended and discuss proposals.