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

  • Episode 27: Where In The World

    Episode  |  October 19th, 2017  |  49 mins 3 secs
    airports, chess, coffee, escape zombie city, mafia, microsoft, running, tech, travel

    Both Danny and Motz are off jet setting across the globe, but that doesn't stop them from playing amazing board games, drinking coffee, and playing tons of chess! Danny finally fills us in on his dispute and win over Microsoft and Motz runs frantically through airports!

  • Episode 26: The Last Jedi

    Episode  |  October 12th, 2017  |  52 mins 57 secs
    birthday, chess, coffee, nintendo, paris, snes classic, star wars, tech, travel

    A new week, a new podcast format, a brand new Coffeehouse Blunders! We kick off episode 26 with a brand new format but with all the great coffee, tech, and chess that you know and love from Motz and Danny.

  • Episode 25: An Acquired Adorable

    Episode  |  October 5th, 2017  |  44 mins 34 secs
    carl, chess, coffee, food, france, magnus, travel

    Motz travels to France to experience the finest food and drink, Danny tries to stay sane with his kids' fall break, and Magnus continues his world domination!

  • Episode 24: Analyzing Wizard's Chess

    Episode  |  September 28th, 2017  |  46 mins 17 secs
    chess, coffee, four player chess, hamilton, life work, stranger things, tech

    Four player chess goes viral, Motz tries to remember what he did last weekend in Chicago, and Danny attempts to find that perfect life/work balance. All this and more chess, tech, and coffee goodness on this week's show including an analysis of Wizard's Chess in Harry Potter.

  • Episode 23: Championship Championship

    Episode  |  September 21st, 2017  |  41 mins 52 secs
    apple, chess, coffee, computer chess, computer chess championship, four player chess, google, iphone x, pixel 2, world chess championship

    With the announcement of the Computer Chess Championship are chess engines set to take over the world?!?! How is Danny enjoying his new coffee setup, and will Motz be allowed to enter Brazil when he heads out there in a few weeks?

  • Episode 22: The King & Rook Swapperoo

    Episode  |  September 14th, 2017  |  49 mins 8 secs
    apple, chess, coffee, december coffee dripper, iphone, iphone x, isle of man, magnus, technology

    Danny finally has the near perfect coffee setup with the help of Motz and his coffee obsession. Motz is getting ready to travel the entire world, while Danny couldn't be more excited about the Isle of Man and our main man Carl Magnuson getting ready to crush it.

  • December Coffee Dripper Review

    Article  |  September 12th, 2017
    By James Montemagno
    coffee, december dripper, pour over, review

    Motz reviews the December Coffee Dripper: The first pourover coffee dripper designed completely by specialty coffee experts. Let's see if it is true what they say, that now brewing perfect coffee is easier than ever!

  • Episode 21: A Manventure with Banana Dan

    Episode  |  September 7th, 2017  |  45 mins 20 secs
    chess world cup, coffee, december dripper, fellow coffee, four player chess, nathan for you, pax, penny arcade expo, pour over, space, video games

    What a week! It is the start of the Chess World Cup, aka the largest chess event of the year. Danny crushes it in some four player chess and now has access to some of the best coffee making tools thanks to Motz.

  • Episode 20: Glamp It Up!

    Episode  |  August 31st, 2017  |  44 mins 16 secs
    alexa, camping, chess, coffee, echo, engine, flights, frontier, glamping, speed chess, travel, whole foods

    Summer is coming to a close, but chess is rocketing to all new heights just like Motz is on his first ever Frontier airlines flight. All this while Danny takes to glamping.

  • Episode 19: A Total Eclipse of the Heart

    Episode  |  August 24th, 2017  |  43 mins 27 secs
    chess, coffee, pro chess, solar eclipse, speed chess

    It is total eclipse week and both Motz and Danny survived without staring into the sun for too long. Danny locks in some speed chess championship while Motz reminds everyone to donate their solar eclipse glasses.

  • Episode 18: We'll Take 3 Draws

    Episode  |  August 17th, 2017  |  49 mins 40 secs
    blitz, chess, chess vision, computer, ebike, kasparov, mastering chess, net neutrality, saint louis rapid blitz

    The wait for Kasparov is over! This week he is back in full force at Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz and we take a look at the early results. All of this is happening while Motz is zooming around on a new eBike, Danny steps up his computer game, and we take a look into net neutrality and its impact on everyone.

  • Episode 17: Chess Is Like Mario Kart

    Episode  |  August 10th, 2017  |  44 mins 50 secs
    ai, chess, coffee, good coffee, hario, heat, kids, parenthood, seattle, seeing ai

    This week Danny explores the wonderful world of at home ground coffee, playing blitz with giant chess pieces, and why his kids are awesome. Motz on the other hand is trying to beat the Seattle heat and explores the world of AI.

  • Episode 16: Ergonomically Inappropriate

    Episode  |  August 3rd, 2017  |  38 mins 37 secs
    ai, chess, chrome, coffee, edge, hotel robots, pour over, robots, tesla, trash talk

    School is in full swing for Danny's kids and Motz has gone completely overboard on organizing his home office and it feels great. On top of that we discuss robots and trash talking chess players!

  • Episode 15: Establishing the Norm

    Episode  |  July 27th, 2017  |  49 mins 55 secs
    back to school, chess, chessable, coffee, house hunting, space x, speed chess, speed chess championships

    The speed chess championships are in full effect and Danny is all in, while Motz is aimlessly walking around trying to catch Pokémon in Pokémon Go! We tackle awesome listener feedback and chit chat about trying to find a home and the TI-83+ calculator Danny purchased for his kids as they prepare to head back to school.

  • Episode 14: Nakamura Live

    Episode  |  July 20th, 2017  |  37 mins 53 secs
    2500, chess, nakamura, oats studios, ratings, spiderman

    Hikaru Nakamura takes center stage live streaming non-stop blitz for the world to see, all while our very own amazing Danny breaks 2500 for the first time and Motz reveals his new love of Oats Studios.

  • Episode 13: Chess Camp

    Episode  |  July 13th, 2017  |  45 mins 32 secs
    amazon, blitz, chess, chess center, prime day

    Prime Day has ruined Motz's week, while Danny records live from lovely hotel conference rooms in Tucson as he leads a chess camp. In addition to all this Chess Center is back and there is a big focus on Blitz!