Q&A: Andrew Jeavons and Jeff Gardocki of Mad Llama Coffee

What’s that dangerously cool creature at the corner of Kenwood and Madison? It’s none other than the Mad Llama itself. We sat down with owners Andrew Jeavons and Jeff Gardocki to talk ancestry, traditional bagel methods, and the power of a good pair of sunglasses.

Illustration by Chris Danger

Why Madisonville? JG: I have an ancestral connection to this place. My great-great-great-great grandfather, Joseph Ward, was the first person to build a house here. It’s a nice neighborhood, and there are great people here; it just needs some business.

And the bagels? JG: I just like bagels. We do more traditional bagels. We ferment them overnight and boil them on each side for 30 seconds, then bake them. Right now we also have a sun-dried tomato and basil bagel.

Tell us about your llama logo. JG: It’s an origami llama; our architect’s daughter actually designed it for us. She came up with a couple different designs and we liked that one and added sunglasses to it. AJ: The sunglasses were to make it look cool.

What will fans see from Mad Llama Coffee in the next few months? AJ: They can expect to see new bagel flavors as well as pastries with special seasonal flavors. Jeff has been working on a gluten free bagel. JG: I’m getting there.

Mad Llama Coffee, madllamacoffee.com

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