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OCT-NOV 2018

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16 barista magazine T I P J A R COMMENTS, QUESTIONS, LOVE, AND HATE PHONE: 800.296.9108 FAX: 971.223.3659 TIPJAR@BARISTAMAGAZINE.COM I just fi nished reading the Barista Magazine article ["Game Changer: Agnieszka Rojewska's World Barista Championship Win," August + Sep- tember 2018] here in Panama, and I had to have a long cry in the shower before I could calm myself down. It was a mix of happiness, relief, and sadness: Happiness for Aga and all women who now can see themselves refl ected on that title. Relief because I know this will break the paradigm and hopefully we'll see an increase of women going for the title. And sad- ness for all of those who are missing the point and not understanding what this winning meant. Thank you so much for the article. It's so refreshing to read your per- spective and comforting to know these thoughts are being shared by the whole community. Yanina Ferreyra Canberra, Australia I was reading your article about straws and their alternatives in Volume 14 Issue 3, and I personally think the whole realization of plastic effects on our environment is long overdue, along with the wasteful youth of the 1980s, when most things were cheaper to replace than repair or reuse. It has left a scar that shouldn't have been made at all. We were well aware of the life span of plastic, and [the] detrimental effects it would have. So we are faced with almost more plastic than ocean water, and the suffering of other species, due to our own neglect. So what options do we have that are viable for consumer, environment, and business? As you rightly stated, we have straws in paper, bamboo, and metal, as the most common [alterna- tives to plastic], but what long-term effects will these have in the future? Metal will corrode over time, and will produce more oxides in the ocean, which in time will have detrimental effects on marine life. The bamboo or wooden straws will be treated, which will have effects of its own, both of which will still take time in degrading, and if we manage to dispose of 90 percent of these in a manner that is better for the environment, there is still that 10 percent which gets dumped because the bin is too far away, or [people] can't be bothered to sort the rubbish correctly. We don't just need to address the materials we use, but also the mind- set [from] which we view the material. We have come to accept socially that plastic is single-use and disposable, which is why we are in our current sit- uation. We knew years ago that plastic was a long-term problem due to it being nondegradable, but we continued to use it, hoping that the recycling of the item would resolve the situation, not taking into consideration the 1980s decade of plenty, and single-use instead of reuse or recycle. So how do we approach the subject of changing the way people view items and materials so they dispose of them correctly, if and when required? Charles Taylor Maidstone, U.K. PublisherÕs note: We received a few complaints about our coverage of Agnieszka Rojewska's triumph at the 2018 World Barista Championship (WBC) in our August + September 2018 issue, and I have been asked to respond. Specifi cally, some readers said we focused too much on Agnieszka's gender, and not enough on the fact that she is a tremendously talented coffee professional, full- stop, which of course she is. And there is no denying the fact that in almost two decades of the WBC, no woman prior to Agnieszka had emerged as champion although women competed in the event every year. Because of Agnieszka's historic achievement, combined with the length of time it took to happen, we reached out to other women cof- fee professionals to ask them what her success meant to them in "Our Champion: Words from Coffee Women around the World." Al- though the respondents were all female, their thoughts and reactions to the WBC were not monolithic. They refl ected a diversity of opinions on the subject, including whether or not they even considered Agnieszka's gender signifi cant to the conversation. This use of exclusively female voices was tagged "sexist" by some read- ers. They said that we should have made certain to include male opinions to ensure everyone had a chance to have their voices heard. I could not disagree more. We made a specifi c choice to highlight voices that while representing more than half of the population have not had a chance to weigh in on having a barista champion like themselves, and we wanted to make sure we gave space to as many women's perspectives on Agnieszka's achievement as we could. Additionally, I must note that in all of the years we've published Barista Magazine, we have not once received a complaint of sexism when we have articles where everyone quoted in the story is male. Thank you for reading and for your continued support of Barista Magazine, Kenneth R. Olson Publisher Barista Magazine Correction: In the "Cashbox" feature on page 98 of the August + Septem- ber 2018 issue, the tax status of a Roth IRA is misidentifi ed. With a Roth IRA, contributions come from post-tax income, and therefore no tax is due on withdrawals. On a standard IRA, however, contributions come from pre-tax income, and tax is due when withdrawals are made.

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