JOSHUA BINGAMAN + CORTADO
It takes exactly 133 steps to make a HELM boot. Founder and CEO, Joshua Bingaman can walk you through each and every one of those steps with the skill of a craftsman and the passion of a fanatic. This dedication, coupled with Joshua’s entrepreneurial spirit make Austin, Texas-based HELM Boots a burgeoning American-made footwear brand that has seen business more than quadruple since launching in 2009.
Joshua Bingaman is a true salt of the earth man. At just 36-years-old, he has boldly explored his many passions like a true adventurer. From Oklahoma-born touring musician and published poetry writer, to homebuilder in Honduras, Texas-based special needs teacher and coffee shop owner, Bingaman is an unabashed risk taker known to fall hard for community-focused trades rich in history that value quality above all.
Bingaman’s love of footwear began in childhood as a young sneaker collector. His interest quickly evolved to include designer brands, handmade leather soles and hiking boots. In 2000, Joshua and his brother opened a footwear store in San Francisco called Subterranean Shoe Room geared towards like- minded footwear aficionados. In 2003, they sold their successful storefront and Joshua made the move to Austin, Texas where he started his own coffee roaster and cafe, Progress Coffee.
In 2009, HELM Boots was born as a passion project. Bingaman designed boots and worked with manufacturers on the side while managing his growing coffee business. With great word of mouth and extremely vocal supporters, Joshua decided to focus on HELM Boots full-time in 2012. To make way for his growing footwear business, Progress Coffee was sold to Brew & Brew. He is still part owner of Progress Coffee Roasting and it continues to thrive and can be found in Whole Foods locations across the country.
With dozens of accounts throughout the United States and across the globe, including a handful of Nordstrom locations, HELM Boots has carved out a special position in the footwear space. Proudly American made and built to last, HELM combines those roots with a European influence to appeal to the modern, sophisticated man. Owning a pair tells the world you care about craftsmanship, community, style, and adventure. Your boots are trusty with just enough excitement to keep you interested. In essence, Joshua created a footwear line that speaks to his spirit and the spirit of folks he admires. True to form, many Helm styles are named after loved ones that encapsulate that brand ethos.
In his free time you’ll find Joshua living life as a family man with his wife of 15 years and their three young children. Known for getting down to brass tacks, he’s always primed and ready to blow past the small talk in a way that turns strangers into fast friends.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE GO TO COFFEE DRINK?
6am - 2 coffees (from the bonavita) with a touch of milk
10am - 1pm cortado and 1 pour over black + 1 topo chico
5pm - 1 cup black from aeropress
DESCRIBE YOUR MOST MEMORABLE EXPERIENCE ASSOCIATED WITH COFFEE?
My first summers in Guatemala and Honduras in the early 90's - meeting the families who owned the coffee plantations, watching the process and drinking the coffee with them in their homes
DO YOU MAKE COFFEE AT HOME? IF SO, HOW DO YOU PREPARE IT?
see above :-)
Currently, I don't have an espresso machine at our house but I'm planning on a La Marzocco Linea Mini, just haven't had a spare second or dime to move on it. When in Austin my daily espressos are pulled mostly at (these days because of my travel routes) FLEET, Figure 8, Flitch, or Patika.
WHAT WAS THE CRITERIA FOR CHOOSING YOUR PLAYLIST?
Dang, this is hard because I listen to so much music throughout the day - pretty much consuming coffee a majority of the time - I'll put my latest afternoon playlist below (my literal list from yesterday)
MACHINE HEAD COFFEE RECIPE
Double Espresso: Wild Gift Coffee Roasters "Rude Boy"
Steamed milk for a Cortado should be warm not hot
Add milk to espresso for a total of 4 ounces
Cortado comes from the Spanish verb cortar, which means to cut. A small amount of espresso is pulled into a small glass cup and then it's cut with an equal amount of steamed milk
A perfect blend of espresso and milk.
NEXT FEATURED GUEST:
MARCUS LAWYER Musician / Producer