Barista Magazine

OCT-NOV 2018

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108 barista magazine Erna worked as a secretary for the San Francisco–based coff ee broker B.C. Ireland, but she longed for a seat at the cupping table in the back. Eventually, she became the fi rst woman to join the cupping "boys' club," but that wasn't enough for Erna; she eventually purchased the company and renamed it Knutsen Coff ees Ltd. "I bought the company and fi red them all," she told the audience at the 2014 Specialty Coff ee Association of America Expo, where she was presented with her second Lifetime Achievement Award.

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