CY Holiday Gift Guide

We had a chance to catch up with some of our team around the shop last week to see what they're up to for the holidays, as well as get their current favorites from the retail shop. Take a look below for a quick Q + A. 

  Andrew del Risco   Q: What are you drinking today?  A: I usually just drink whatever is on drip, but I do have a special place in my heart for Methodical’s Play Nice blend. Also, recently I have been craving Cafe Aut Laits. It's probably just a phase.  Q: Are you excited for the holidays? Any big plans?   A: Yes, the holidays are one of the few times I actually get to be with my family so I’m extra excited. I’m going to spend some time with my girlfriend’s family and then with my parents who are traveling to Atlanta from Texas.   Q: What’s your favorite item that we are stocking at Chrome right now?  A: The Black and Red Always Atlanta Pennant. I’ve been a fan of this pennant design since before I started working at Chrome, but as soon as this color combination was released it jumped to the top of my list. Its so sick. I want three.   Q: Any big items on your wish list?   A: Honestly I want a Nintendo Switch (Mom I hope you are reading this).

Andrew del Risco

Q: What are you drinking today?

A: I usually just drink whatever is on drip, but I do have a special place in my heart for Methodical’s Play Nice blend. Also, recently I have been craving Cafe Aut Laits. It's probably just a phase.

Q: Are you excited for the holidays? Any big plans? 

A: Yes, the holidays are one of the few times I actually get to be with my family so I’m extra excited. I’m going to spend some time with my girlfriend’s family and then with my parents who are traveling to Atlanta from Texas. 

Q: What’s your favorite item that we are stocking at Chrome right now?

A: The Black and Red Always Atlanta Pennant. I’ve been a fan of this pennant design since before I started working at Chrome, but as soon as this color combination was released it jumped to the top of my list. Its so sick. I want three. 

Q: Any big items on your wish list? 

A: Honestly I want a Nintendo Switch (Mom I hope you are reading this).


  Katie Ortego   Q: What are you drinking today?  A: Almond Cortado on a good day, Bellocq's Lemongrass Tea when I'm feeling sneezy.  Q: Are you excited for the holidays? Any big plans?   A: Heck yes! I love that there are days set in place to help us wind down and just enjoy being with the people we love. Plus it's my first married Christmas, so cue all the sappy traditions etc.  Q: What’s your favorite item that we are stocking at Chrome right now and why?  A: Norden's Big Sur Candle! It smells incredible. Plus, Big Sur is one of my fav places and that candle just nails the nostalgia.  Q: Any big items on your wish list?  A: Does an oatmeal cream pie from Chrome count?

Katie Ortego

Q: What are you drinking today?

A: Almond Cortado on a good day, Bellocq's Lemongrass Tea when I'm feeling sneezy.

Q: Are you excited for the holidays? Any big plans? 

A: Heck yes! I love that there are days set in place to help us wind down and just enjoy being with the people we love. Plus it's my first married Christmas, so cue all the sappy traditions etc.

Q: What’s your favorite item that we are stocking at Chrome right now and why?

A: Norden's Big Sur Candle! It smells incredible. Plus, Big Sur is one of my fav places and that candle just nails the nostalgia.

Q: Any big items on your wish list?

A: Does an oatmeal cream pie from Chrome count?


  Sawyer Estes   Q: What are you drinking today?  A: Today's my day off so I plan to throw back some beers in a few hours. Bring back Koko Buni already, Creature Comforts. Oh sure, coffee too - anything from Methodical. Their Play Nice blend has blown my mind these past few weeks - so sweet, so bright.  Q: Are you excited for the holidays? Any big plans?  A: Of course. Visiting my girlfriend's family in Cleveland before heading to Vegas of all places with my mom and sister.  Q: What’s your favorite item that we are stocking at Chrome right now and why?  A: Easy. Illustoria magazine. These issues do a fantastic job of inspiring creativity and intelligence in children. Plan to bring my nephews a couple of issues this holiday season. I'll read them first because they're kick*** for adults too.  Q: Any big items on your wish list?  A: New phone, new laptop, new camera, new socks, new shoes, new shirts, new coffee equipment... santa did I forget something?

Sawyer Estes

Q: What are you drinking today?

A: Today's my day off so I plan to throw back some beers in a few hours. Bring back Koko Buni already, Creature Comforts. Oh sure, coffee too - anything from Methodical. Their Play Nice blend has blown my mind these past few weeks - so sweet, so bright.

Q: Are you excited for the holidays? Any big plans?

A: Of course. Visiting my girlfriend's family in Cleveland before heading to Vegas of all places with my mom and sister.

Q: What’s your favorite item that we are stocking at Chrome right now and why?

A: Easy. Illustoria magazine. These issues do a fantastic job of inspiring creativity and intelligence in children. Plan to bring my nephews a couple of issues this holiday season. I'll read them first because they're kick*** for adults too.

Q: Any big items on your wish list?

A: New phone, new laptop, new camera, new socks, new shoes, new shirts, new coffee equipment... santa did I forget something?


  Riley Westbrook   Q: What are you drinking today?  A: Single origin espresso. We have an awesome Guatemalan offering from Quills Coffee in Louisville right now – this is definitely my favorite coffee of the year.  Q: Are you excited for the holidays? Any big plans?  A: I love the holidays. I don’t have any huge plans, just a few family events.   Q: What’s your favorite item that we are stocking at Chrome right now and why?  A: My Topo Designs Commuter Briefcase is one of my favorite items that I own. It has three “settings” – it can be a backback, a messenger bag, or a briefcase. I use it as a messenger bag on the day-to-day, and I’ll switch it over to a backpack if I’m traveling or doing a lot of walking. I really like the big, industrial size zippers. They feel super smooth and I never have to worry about them breaking.   Q: Any big items on your wish list?  A: Just some boring everyday items. I asked my wife for a computer mouse!

Riley Westbrook

Q: What are you drinking today?

A: Single origin espresso. We have an awesome Guatemalan offering from Quills Coffee in Louisville right now – this is definitely my favorite coffee of the year.

Q: Are you excited for the holidays? Any big plans?

A: I love the holidays. I don’t have any huge plans, just a few family events. 

Q: What’s your favorite item that we are stocking at Chrome right now and why?

A: My Topo Designs Commuter Briefcase is one of my favorite items that I own. It has three “settings” – it can be a backback, a messenger bag, or a briefcase. I use it as a messenger bag on the day-to-day, and I’ll switch it over to a backpack if I’m traveling or doing a lot of walking. I really like the big, industrial size zippers. They feel super smooth and I never have to worry about them breaking. 

Q: Any big items on your wish list?

A: Just some boring everyday items. I asked my wife for a computer mouse!


  Kyle Taylor   Q: What are you drinking today?  A: Stumptown’s Ethiopia Mordecofe on drip.  Q: Are you excited for the holidays? Any big plans?   A: Yes, super excited to spend some quality time with Kelly and Owen. No big plans, just going to try and get as much time in with family as I can.  Q: What’s your favorite item that we are stocking at Chrome right now?  A: Between Kelly and I we do all the buying, so I honestly just love it all.   Q: Any big items on your wish list?   A: I’d love it if someone would buy me a La Marzocco Mini for the house, haha. But, I'd settle for a Fellow Stagg EKG Kettle.  

Kyle Taylor

Q: What are you drinking today?

A: Stumptown’s Ethiopia Mordecofe on drip.

Q: Are you excited for the holidays? Any big plans? 

A: Yes, super excited to spend some quality time with Kelly and Owen. No big plans, just going to try and get as much time in with family as I can.

Q: What’s your favorite item that we are stocking at Chrome right now?

A: Between Kelly and I we do all the buying, so I honestly just love it all. 

Q: Any big items on your wish list? 

A: I’d love it if someone would buy me a La Marzocco Mini for the house, haha. But, I'd settle for a Fellow Stagg EKG Kettle.  


  Kelly Taylor   Q: What are you drinking today?  A: Since I’m pregnant I’m not drinking a ton of caffeine right now, but when I do I’m quite partial to a cortado or an almond chai latte.  Q: Are you excited for the holidays? Any big plans?   A: Heck yes, always! Our little boy, Owen, is almost two years old and he’s totally obsessed with snowmen and Santa Claus so I just love seeing Christmas in a refreshed new way thru his eyes. Plans? Lots of good food and time with family.   Q: What’s your favorite item that we are stocking at Chrome right now?  A: I’m so in love with the Shinola journals that we picked up earlier this year. I’m a huge journaler and scheduler so I’m carrying two of the large Shinolas around currently; one as a DIY bullet schedule and a second for sketches and everyday thoughts and rants. The quality of the cover, thickness of the pages, elastic band to keep my pen nestled safe are all details that have me over the moon with these journals. 

Kelly Taylor

Q: What are you drinking today?

A: Since I’m pregnant I’m not drinking a ton of caffeine right now, but when I do I’m quite partial to a cortado or an almond chai latte.

Q: Are you excited for the holidays? Any big plans? 

A: Heck yes, always! Our little boy, Owen, is almost two years old and he’s totally obsessed with snowmen and Santa Claus so I just love seeing Christmas in a refreshed new way thru his eyes. Plans? Lots of good food and time with family. 

Q: What’s your favorite item that we are stocking at Chrome right now?

A: I’m so in love with the Shinola journals that we picked up earlier this year. I’m a huge journaler and scheduler so I’m carrying two of the large Shinolas around currently; one as a DIY bullet schedule and a second for sketches and everyday thoughts and rants. The quality of the cover, thickness of the pages, elastic band to keep my pen nestled safe are all details that have me over the moon with these journals. 


  Khalid Smith   Q: What are you drinking today?  A: Recently I have really been enjoying this single origin Guatemalan from Quills.  Q: Are you excited for the holidays? Any big plans?   A: Yes, I'm very excited for the holidays. I don't have any huge plans this year, but I may take a day trip to Montgomery to see my grandparents.  Q: What’s your favorite item that we are stocking at Chrome right now and why?  A: Right now I'm really feeling these Norden candles. They're really dope because they have some amazing scents and once the candle is melted all the way down, you can use the handmade vessel as a mug!  Q: Any big items on your wish list?  A: I am really hoping Santa comes through with some new speakers for my car.

Khalid Smith

Q: What are you drinking today?

A: Recently I have really been enjoying this single origin Guatemalan from Quills.

Q: Are you excited for the holidays? Any big plans? 

A: Yes, I'm very excited for the holidays. I don't have any huge plans this year, but I may take a day trip to Montgomery to see my grandparents.

Q: What’s your favorite item that we are stocking at Chrome right now and why?

A: Right now I'm really feeling these Norden candles. They're really dope because they have some amazing scents and once the candle is melted all the way down, you can use the handmade vessel as a mug!

Q: Any big items on your wish list?

A: I am really hoping Santa comes through with some new speakers for my car.


  Nick Gividen    Q: What are you drinking today?  A: Quills Guatemalan on single-origin espresso!   Q: Are you excited for the holidays? Any big plans?  A: Always, winter is my favorite season and the holidays are the coziest time of the year. And probably just camping and drinking whiskey and cider.   Q: What’s your favorite item that we are stocking at Chrome right now and why?  A: I’m really digging these Drift magazines. I read a previous issue on Cuban coffee culture that blew my mind a little bit. They’ve developed their own incredibly detailed and involved coffee culture that is so different from what we think of as excellent coffee in America today. It was a great window into a world so similar to mine, but contrasting in so many ways.  Q: Any big items on your wish list?  A: Not really! Gifts are great and all, but I tend to have a much better time spending time and energy into getting together with friends and family and relaxing around a fire or a grill. 

Nick Gividen

Q: What are you drinking today?

A: Quills Guatemalan on single-origin espresso! 

Q: Are you excited for the holidays? Any big plans?

A: Always, winter is my favorite season and the holidays are the coziest time of the year. And probably just camping and drinking whiskey and cider. 

Q: What’s your favorite item that we are stocking at Chrome right now and why?

A: I’m really digging these Drift magazines. I read a previous issue on Cuban coffee culture that blew my mind a little bit. They’ve developed their own incredibly detailed and involved coffee culture that is so different from what we think of as excellent coffee in America today. It was a great window into a world so similar to mine, but contrasting in so many ways.

Q: Any big items on your wish list?

A: Not really! Gifts are great and all, but I tend to have a much better time spending time and energy into getting together with friends and family and relaxing around a fire or a grill.