The coffee interwebs have been nothing short of heated these last few weeks, and if you ask us, we couldn’t be more jazzed about it. Some thought-provoking, critical dialogue about equality and inclusion in the industry has been happening over on what’s being dubbed, #CoffeeTwitter
If Twitter is your social media jam, I highly recommend engaging in the hot takes from our industry’s very own. As always, the Barista Hustle Facebook group
(almost 17k members!) and online forum
are also places to create and continue these conversations too.
Speaking of hot takes, as national coffee competitions are wrapping up around the world, many are thinking about how to make these events more accessible to the ones who could benefit most — baristas. Finances can play a major role in keeping baristas from participating in events regionally, nationally, and globally. RJ Joseph, Counter Culture Coffee’s Bay Area roaster, penned multiple alternatives
to getting involved in the industry, especially if on a budget.
Promoting inclusivity within coffee doesn’t just stop at physical accessibility. It carries over into other aspects, too, like marketing. This awesome piece
by Bailey Arnold of Gregory’s Coffee talks about all the ways coffee posters can be exclusive
to the community it’s marketing to. Take note of the creative examples of tight
coffee posters shown throughout. You can never go wrong with an octopus slaying four ‘cinos at once!
A step we can all work on taking towards creating a more inclusive coffee community is degendering our language on all sides of the bar. Gendering has deep roots in the service industry, and as hospitality professionals, we’re used to addressing people as “ladies and gentlemen”, “ma'am”, or “sir”.
…Instead of trying to guess everyone’s gender and sometimes getting it wrong, we can replace gendered language with gender-neutral language. That way, with a little work, everyone wins.
You may notice that “people” and “humans” are some of our favorites to use at Barista Hustle, and “folks” and “friends” are coming in close second. It takes a bit of practice to unlearn, but when creating inclusive spaces for all that enjoy specialty coffee, it’s worth it!
At Barista Hustle we’re all about helping the world make better coffee, and achieving that requires helping each other be better people!