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

  • We're Going to Disneyland

    Episode  |  December 21st, 2017  |  Season 1  |  36 mins 50 secs
    chess, coffee, disneyland, holiday, hotels, roller coasters, tech

    Surprise! We are going to Disneyland! Well Danny is literally at Disneyland for this special holiday episode! We discuss Disney magic, roller coasters, how Motz still hasn't seen Star Wars, and the delicious taste of hotel coffee.

  • AlphaZero Meets Laser Dome

    Episode  |  December 14th, 2017  |  Season 1  |  39 mins 22 secs
    ai, alphazero, chess, coffee, laser dome, last jedi, machine learning, sia, star wars, stockfish, tech

    That is right, we are back at it again with more AlphaZero machine learning madness. That isn't all though as Motz hits up the local laser dome, Danny has to make hard cuts, and Star Wars is coming to town.

  • AlphaZero Takes Over The World

    Episode  |  December 7th, 2017  |  Season 1  |  44 mins 19 secs
    alphazero, chess, coffee, machine learning, meow wolf, security, stockfish, tech, travel, usernames

    No more underscores in your username says! AlphaZero is destroying the world of chess and Motz is meowing with wolves out in New Mexico.

  • Working for Danny

    Episode  |  November 30th, 2017  |  Season 1  |  45 mins 2 secs
    chess,, coffee, dc, justice league, parenting, super heroes

    What would a day in the life of Danny's executive assistant be like? How would one hold such an honor and get this exclusive job? Danny breaks it all down on this week's episode.

  • Being Thankful for Carl

    Episode  |  November 23rd, 2017  |  Season 1  |  34 mins 15 secs
    carl, chess, coffee, magnus, tech, thanksgiving london

    It is our very first holiday spectacular! Danny and Motz spend Thanksgiving together, talking life, Carl, chess, and how to properly attend an OTB chess game!

  • Ambidextrous Coffee Grinding

    Episode  |  November 16th, 2017  |  Season 1  |  41 mins 23 secs
    ai, chess, coffee, engines, machine learning, parenting, presenting, travel

    This episode almost didn't happen! Motz is off presenting around the globe and Danny has been crushing Chess and Twitch, but that didn't stop these two from more coffee, tech, and chess!

  • Title Tuesday Madness

    Episode  |  November 9th, 2017  |  Season 1  |  45 mins 59 secs
    chess, coffee, fellow, madness, servers, title tuesday, travel

    Danny puts out fires with his good friend Magnus as Title Tuesday's biggest event gets off to a bumpy start, while Motz is back from his long voyage from Latin America and has plenty of stories to be told.

  • Bidet Best Practices

    Episode  |  November 2nd, 2017  |  Season 1  |  35 mins 9 secs
    chess, coffee, cross-fit, halloween, marvel, off topic, tech, thor

    This week Danny and Motz go a bit off the deep end and off topic on all things bidets, Halloween, cross-fit, and the intricacies of the Marvel universe.

  • My One Friend Cuba Gooding Jr.

    Episode  |  October 26th, 2017  |  Season 1  |  44 mins 43 secs
    cgj, chess, coffee, cuba gooding jr., directing, movies, twitchcon

    This week Danny walks us through his legendary 30 seconds of directing a film staring My Friend Cuba Gooding Jr., Motz breaks down a proper date night, and we can't shut up about foreign languages.

  • Where In The World

    Episode  |  October 19th, 2017  |  Season 1  |  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!

  • The Last Jedi

    Episode  |  October 12th, 2017  |  Season 1  |  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.

  • An Acquired Adorable

    Episode  |  October 5th, 2017  |  Season 1  |  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!

  • Analyzing Wizard's Chess

    Episode  |  September 28th, 2017  |  Season 1  |  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.

  • Championship Championship

    Episode  |  September 21st, 2017  |  Season 1  |  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?

  • The King & Rook Swapperoo

    Episode  |  September 14th, 2017  |  Season 1  |  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!