– Can you please introduce yourself in a few words.
My name is Robert Gungor and I live in Marfa, TX. I own a coffee shop, make music under the moniker Wilderman, and also make websites for people. I am from Wisconsin, went to high school in Tulsa, OK and have lived most of my adult life in California.
– When did Do Your Thing open and what’s the story behind?
– What’s your specialty and what makes you different?
Our specialty is that we are passionate, curious, and we have taken things one step at a time. Marfa has a lot of constraints and we love that about it. A lot of shops that are opening now feel like they start with a perfect ideal in mind and work back from that, spending so much time and money into something that feels almost like the “kit” of what a coffee shop should be. We take the reverse approach, we just do what we can, for now, and it’s kind of easy-going in that way.
– What was your first coffee experience?
When I was 15 I got a job at a coffee shop in Tulsa, OK. I had a macchiato and hated it. Then I learned to love them.
– What was your best coffee experience?
The first Gibraltar I made for myself in Marfa. We are in the high desert here, 3 hours from the nearest airport, 6 hours from the nearest decent espresso. It felt very much like I just found my own coffee oasis in the desert.
– Do you prepare coffee at home ? If yes, what method do you use?
Yes. Today we are closed so I made a filter coffee with Bee House Ceramic drippers, Baratza Virtuoso grinder (with scale attachment) and Hario electric kettle. Heath ceramics mugs. De La Paz “Big City » beans, organic half&half, a couple of La Perruche sugar cubes (feeling sweet today).
– How do you like your coffee? Black, sugar and milk, iced, vietnamese style,…?
All of the/see above.
– How would you qualify yourself as coffee drinker (occasional, heavy, addict…)?
Lover, but not an addict. I can go a couple days without it – but I love it so very much.
– Have you always been into the coffee industry? If not, what was your previous job?
nope. Musician, Designer, Web Developer, in that order.
– Do you have another passion or a hobby besides coffee?
Tennis. We love to play – but Marfa has no courts… and it kills us.
– What other place would you recommend, anywhere in the world?
Trouble Coffee, San Francisco, CA
– What would you say to people who don’t know much about coffee?
Don’t be afraid of all the hype. Drink macchiatos for awhile without sugar. Try a bunch of places. Ask your barista about the process. Just be curious and trust your own tastes.