Thursday, February 09, 2006

A Coffee Break with Jim Otto

Both on and off the field, Jim Otto embodies the Oakland Raiders experience: toughness, dedication, loyalty, innovation and success. You probably already know plenty about Mr. Otto’s Hall of Fame career with the Raiders from 1960 through 1974. During that span, he never missed a game, his famed “00” jersey at the center of a ferocious line that anchored one of the NFL’s most prolific and fearsome offenses.

While Mr. Otto remains an active member of the Raiders family and team operations, he is also an entrepreneur with a record of success in retail, restaurants, real estate and farming. His latest venture is coffee, and when Raider Take recently spotlighted his Jim Otto’s Special Blend Whole Bean Coffee, he wrote to thank readers for their interest.

Amid all of the speculation regarding the head coach hiring, Raider Take was inspired to take a virtual coffee break and ask Mr. Otto more about his java venture. He was kind enough to answer, and what follows is our exchange via email:

What are the origins of your Special Blend?

For a long time I have been making the coffee at home. I have a friend with a roaster. We roasted Colombian Select Beans and flavored them with my SECRET flavoring, everyone loves it. Everyone who would drink it would tell me that I should market and sell it. I grind enough to make two pots and bring it to work with me every morning. After being told by fellow workers to market it, I decided to give it a try. I do not make any profit on the sales, the profits go to my young friend who owns the coffee roaster. I’m trying to help him get his business going.

How would you describe your coffee?

The aroma is fantastic, as is the flavor and body. It will give your mind and body a kick to get your day started, and a good start once again in the late afternoon. I like strong coffee but not the bitter strong coffee that you get at moonbucks coffee shops.

What’s the best way to brew your Special Blend?

I grind the beans into an espresso grind. Doing it this way you get all the greatness and flavor out of the beans. Use good pure water and three level tablespoons of coffee, which will make up to 10 cups. Store your unused coffee in an airtight container.

Was coffee a big part of your playing days with the Raiders?

Our trainers and equipment managers made the worst coffee, so needless to say I didn’t drink much of theirs!

Where can Raiders fans buy your coffee?

You can buy my coffee at THE RAIDER IMAGE stores here in the Bay Area or you can order it from THE RAIDER IMAGE on RAIDERS.COM.

6 Comments:

Anonymous scorpio2562 said...

JUST IN CASE NO-ONE GOES BACK TO YESTERDAYS COMMENTS HERE IS AN ARTICLE IN TODAY'S OAKLAND TRIBUNE BY CARL STEWARD FOLLOWED BY MY COMMENT:

http://www.insidebayarea.com/
carlsteward/ci_3490682

Alrigggghhhhhtttt!!!!!! A COLD DAY IN HELL HAS COME AND NOT A SINGLE ONE OF YOU AL DAVIS APPLE POLISHERS AND ANTI-MEDIA PEOPLE HAS EVEN MENTIONED THIS ARTICLE TODAY BY CARL STEWARD. Yeah go ahead, don't be afraid to open it. it's not a virus or spyware that'll ruin your computer. It's just an article by one of the Bay Area's best who is basically convincing Whisenhunt to accept the Raider job IF it's offered to him. It'a an article that points out a lot of good things about the team and the Bay Area. This just goes to show that the media IS NOT at all what you think it is. Thing is, Davis is about to make a major and I mean major mistake if he hires or re-hires Shell, and we're back to square one. So enjoy the article my Raider friends.

9:43 AM  
Blogger Raider Take said...

Thanks for the link, Scorpio. Good stuff.

For the record, we are not anti-media here, just anti bad journalism.

In fact, I have praised InsideBayArea.com twice over the past month for their mature and balanced coverage of the Raiders (see posts entitled Hell Freezes Over and Raider Take Thanks)

9:57 AM  
Anonymous scorpio2562 said...

http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/
story?id=2324836

THERE IT IS FOLKS. ESPN IS REPORTING THAT WHIZ WILL STAY WITH THE STEELERS. FRANKLY I DON'T BLAME HIM. THERE GOES OUR LAST CHANCE AT RESPECTABILITY!!!!! NOW IT LOOKS LIKE DVAIS IS ABOUT TO MAKE A MAJOR MISTAKE IN RE-HIRING ART SHELL. *^$%#$&(*(( DAVIS!!!!! $HIT! RAIDER FANS, ART SHELL IS A CRAP COACH/PUPPET. I WENT TO MANY, MANY GAMES DURING THE LA YEARS. EVEN HUNG OUT AT THE TEAM HOTEL ON GAME DAY AS WELL AS THE PRACTICE FACILITY IN EL SEGUNDO. ART SHELL DIDN'T DO SHIT FOR THIS TEAM. ART SHELL IS NOT THE ANSWER. HE IS NO BETTER THAN TURNER. THEY HAD JUST AS MANY PENALTIES THEN AS THEY DO NOW. I WOULD RATHER HAVE ROB RYAN AS COACH THAN FREAKIN' ART SHELL. NO SEASON TICKETS FOR ME AND I SUGGEST THAT ALL RAIDER FANS BOYCOTT ALL GAMES NEXT YEAR. AL DAVIS IS GONNA PICK UP HIS BALL AND MOVE ELSEWHERE ANYDAMNWAY SO WHAT'S THE POINT? ALL OF THIS JUST GOES TO SHOW YOU THAT THE RAIDER ORGANIZATION IS POISON. NO-ONE WANTS TO COACH IN THIS SNAKE PIT OF AN ORGANIZATION THAT DAVIS RUNS. WITH ALL THE YES PEOPLE HANGING AROUND DAVIS LIKE AMY TRASK HIS BITCH READY TO DO HIS BIDDING, THIS ORGANIZATION WILL NEVER BE AMONG THE ELITE IN THE LEAGUE. I AM SICK AND TIRED OF HEARING THESE OLD RAIDERS KISSING DAVIS' PRUNEY ASS. I AM SICK OF THOSE TIRED OLD SLOGANS, THEY'RE NOT TRUE! I AM SICK AND TIRED OF THE LAWSUITS. I AM SICK AND TIRED OF DAVIS AND HIS HINTS TO MOVE. I AM SICK AND TIRED OF BEING SICK AND TIRED. M-FING AL DAVIS CAN'T FIND SOMEONE DUMB ENOUGH TO TAKE THIS JOB. WHAT A LAUGHING STOCK THIS ORGANIZATION IS. KEN WHISENHUNT SAID I'M A CHAMPION. F-YOU AL DAVIS! YOU WILL ALWAYS BE A CHUMP! HE'LL JUST BIDE HIS TIME IN THE NEXT COUPLE OF YEARS FOR A BETTER MORE RESPECTABLE JOB JOB WHERE A COACH CAN BE A DAMN COACH.

EVEN IF ESPN IS WRONG AND WHISENHUNT IS HIRED, I'LL STILL HATE THAT MF-ING DAVIS.

REMEMBER FANS BOYCOTT! BOYCOTT! THAT'S THE ONLY WAY DAVIS WILL EVEN LISTEN TO US FANS. YOU THINK HE GIVES A SHIT ABOUT WHAT YOU THINK? HELL F-ING NO. IF HE DID, HE WOULD HAVE CAME OUT AND APOLOGIZED, TOLD US HE PROMISES TO IMPROVE OUR LOUSY RECORD, GET A REPUTABLE COACH AND COMMIT TO OAKLAND. BUT HAS HE DONE ANY OF THOSE? FUCK NO. HE DOESN'T GIVE A SHIT ABOUT THE FANS. ALL HE CARES ABOUT IS IF WE MAKE THIS THING WORK. IT WON'T WORK PEOPLE WAKE F-ING UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I'VE BEEN MONITORING THIS RAIDER COACHING SITUATION ALL DAY HOPING FOR THE RAIDER TO MAKE AN OFFER AND WHISENHUNT ACCEPTING BUT THEN THIS CRAP COMES UP. DAMN DAVIS!

IF I SOUND EXTREMELY ANGRY I AM. SORRY BUT THIS CRAP SUCKS!

BOYCOTT, BOYCOTT, BOYCOTT!!!!!!!!

1:13 PM  
Blogger Doobie said...

...and on that note, Jim Otto has introduced his new Scorpio2562 Stinger "Al Roast" blend. The "Al Roast" blend is 2562 times more bitter than the milder...but more common..."French Roast", but packs a much more caffeinated wallop, usually resulting in angry posts written with the Caps Lock key on.

Try some today!

1:48 PM  
Anonymous raider00 said...

This looks bad. If it's true that Whisenhunt is not coming to Raiders, Al Davis does look like a sucker. He waited, & waited, & waited some more for this guy, and now that guy aint coming. So if Davis turns to Shell, it smacks of desperation. He could have hired Shell 4 weeks ago. Al Davis seems confused, & lost. I just hope the ESPN report is wrong, otherwise, this looks really bad.

1:59 PM  
Anonymous LK said...

I think Al will come out and say "I waited because Whisenhunt has shown some things and was worth interviewing. When we talked it was clear he was not the right fit [or his interests lied elsewhere] for the Raiders. The right fit to return the Raiders to a team of power and explosion....is the most powerful and explosive left tackle in NFL history..." you know the rest.

I don't think it will look desperate, Whisenhunt will be labelled 'a candidate' rather than 'the candidate' [even though we felt the opposite; but we didn't talk to him]

2:17 PM  

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