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
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.
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!
A Manventure with Banana Dan
Episode | September 7th, 2017 | Season 1 | 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.
Glamp It Up!
Episode | August 31st, 2017 | Season 1 | 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.
A Total Eclipse of the Heart
Episode | August 24th, 2017 | Season 1 | 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.
We'll Take 3 Draws
Episode | August 17th, 2017 | Season 1 | 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.
Chess Is Like Mario Kart
Episode | August 10th, 2017 | Season 1 | 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 | August 3rd, 2017 | Season 1 | 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!
Establishing the Norm
Episode | July 27th, 2017 | Season 1 | 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 | July 20th, 2017 | Season 1 | 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 | July 13th, 2017 | Season 1 | 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!