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Guest Issue: The Coffeewoman

A very big thanks to Matt Perger and Barista Hustle for sharing their platform this week, inviting Th

Barista Hustle

September 26 · Issue #86 · View online
Views and news about the brews. Unique and relevant information for coffee professionals and enthusiasts.

A very big thanks to Matt Perger and Barista Hustle for sharing their platform this week, inviting The Coffeewoman to take over and highlight some of the things we’re talking about now.

Change Begins With Inspired Communities
There seems to be new energy around topics of gender diversity and inclusion, a renewed willingness to say, “come on, lets do something about this”. Certainly that’s our view at The Coffeewoman. We seek to not just acknowledge that gender gaps exist within the coffee industry, but find a way to close them. We strive to develop the connection between women and their voices: to give them a safe place and a platform online and through events, to advance the role of female-identified coffee professionals. Because it’s 2016 and it’s time.
The Fundamentals of Coffee Tasting
Talking About Race is Not Easy
Michelle “Meesh” Johnson furthers the conversation about race with a new post that challenges us all to work past our own defences.
Essential Reading for Ethical Supply Chains
Carla D. Martin, PhD, compiled a rich list of essential reading for ethical solutions in complicated supply chains. Including exceptionally valuable insight about how stories of farmers and origin are told, “Lest we all rush to tell the stories of farmers and farm labourers for them, this cautionary post on the politics of representation in development work covers some important principles that should also be applied to storytelling and marketing in specialty food.”
Hiring Practices and Promoting Diversity
Members of the specialty coffee industry in the U.S. have admitted - sometimes very openly - to having a problem attracting and recruiting diverse employees. What’s interesting is that this isn’t at all reflective of the breakdown of demographics within the service industry at large and given, at the moment, there are rarely any formal credentials required of a barista position, it should be a very accessible position for folks of all backgrounds. Liz Dean is exploring why the gap for an upcoming piece in The Coffeewoman and we’re interested in hearing from you: does your organization actively pursue diversity in its hiring practices?
Reaching the boundaries of coffee will take all the talents available and thus extra care to promote diversity and inclusion is essential.
To the limits,
The Coffeewoman
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