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Publisher Kenneth R. Olson Editor in Chief Sarah Allen Art Director Demitri Fregosi Powers Online Editor Ashley Rodriguez Copy Editors Erin Meister, Chris Ryan Photographer Phoenix Buchanan Business Manager Cheryl Lueder Advertising Sales Sarah Allen 800.296.9108 Contributors Holly Bastin Kate Haberer Jesper Lindgren Erin Meister Tina Nejderskog Liv Omsèn Maggie Rivard Chris Ryan Editorial Advisory Board Nora Burkey, The Chain Collaborative Anna Gutierrez, Barista 22 Hidenori Izaki, Samurai Coffee Experience Heather Kelley, Stumptown Coffee Roasters Sam Low, Da Lin Todd Mackey, Bolt Coffee Co. Mike Marquard, Blueprint Coffee Noah Namowicz, Cafe Imports Lorenzo Perkins, Fleet Coffee Sarah Richmond, Equator Coffees + Teas Craig Simon, Think Tank Coffee Jess Steffy, Square One Coffee Teresa von Fuchs, Bellwether Coffee Laila Willbur, Stumptown Coffee Roasters Barista Magazine 4345 NE 72nd Ave. Portland, OR 97218 phone: 800.296.9108 fax: 971.223.3659 email: Barista Magazine is published bimonthly by Ollen Media, LLC. Subscriptions are $30 in the United States, $45 USD in Canada, and $60 USD for the rest of the world. The contents of this publication may not be reproduced in whole or in part without written permission from the publisher. Postmaster please send address corrections to: Barista Magazine, 4345 NE 72nd Ave., Portland, OR 97218. ISSN: 1944-3544 Copyright 2018 Barista Magazine. All rights reserved. BARISTA M A G A Z I N E E D I T O R L E T T E R HIGH ON THE LONG LIST of reasons why I love working within the specialty-coffee community is the level of empathy so many of you feel for your fellow humans. No doubt the disturbing state of the world today is an impetus to support those in need (e.g. if the American govern- ment refuses to acknowl- edge, much less provide aid after the havoc Hurricane Maria wreaked on the island of Puerto Rico a year ago, coffee people are eager to lend a hand, plan a fund-rais- er, spread the word). When we live in such a state of fl ux, with each day's headline more alarming than yesterday's, it's hard to remember what life was like before November 8, 2016. I'll tell you what, though—give yourselves a high fi ve, because you've always been gracious and considerate of your fellow humans. I remember back in 2008 at Coffee Fest Seattle, when longtime latte art competitor Hiroshi Sawada of Japan won the top prize: $5,000—enough money to make a se- rious difference in the life of a barista. As I hugged and congratulated him, he thrust the check into my hands and said, "I want to donate this to Coffee Kids—can you help?" He wasn't doing it for acclaim. In fact, if I hadn't gone and told everyone I could fi nd about his exceptional generosity, I don't think anyone other than Coffee Kids would have known about the donation. It made a tangible impression on his peers, that's for sure. This was right around the time that latte art throwdowns—which were growing exponentially in popularity then—started popping up as fund-raisers rather than winner- take-all events. Baristas began to understand how great it felt to give the $125 in entry fees to a local food bank, or an at-risk-youth outreach program, or even to their own friends in need. Every day I'm heartened to see how you help one another: A co- worker gets in a bike accident on the way to work and now needs help covering medical bills, and you're there. You've all raised thousands of dollars for coffee-producing families in wake of myriad hurricanes battering Caribbean islands seemingly nonstop, Volcán de Fuego in Guatemala in June, or the magnitude 6.1 earthquake that just rocked Central America in late October. You also lend both emotional and fi nancial support to your coffee family: I'm reduced to tears when I see you back GoFundMe campaigns for a friend's top surgery, or offer temporary work to the baristas out of a job after their own café closes suddenly. I see this stuff happening every day. It feeds my soul—that same soul that grows so tired and frus- trated and scared by the news of the world. Of course, we can't lose sight of the bigger, looming political picture, no matter what country you live in. There is work to be done everywhere— maybe more now than in recent decades, but it's always the case. Pouring your heart into a fund-raiser for your coffee community, though, can offer the kind of im- mediate satisfaction it's hard to come by in today's political world. Perhaps this is why we've seen so many groups focused on inclusion and empower- ment in the last couple of years emerge in specialty coffee: Queer in Coffee, Cherry Roast, The Coffee- woman, #coffeetoo. One of the very coolest parts of my job on the daily is e-meeting baristas from all over the world when they reach out for support in the form of magazines, Barista Mag swag, and Instagram promotion for the citywide throwdowns and other events they're planning (to raise money for a worthy group, obvs). I'm hearing about all kinds of new organizations and groups that are being put together by folks motivated simply by a desire to develop and strengthen their local coffee community: the Bismarck Barista Guild in North Dakota; the Iowa Coffee Collective; and the Utah Barista Guild, to name a few. Let me say thank you on behalf of our global community for caring about your local scene enough to make such inspired volunteer efforts. They are important; they mean something; their existence is part of what our industry's future is being built upon. On a recent trip to Brazil with friends from Cafe Imports, Ken was introduced to the Cria Carmo Project, which is an after-school program for at- risk youth in Carmo de Minas. A few weeks later, I was in Brazil—in Minas Gerais with our InterAm- erican Coffee partners—and I got to visit a similar skills and activities to young people in the poorer communities of Santo Antônio do Amparo in an effort to drive economic and social sustainability in the area. Friends, it's the time of year when we refl ect on what we're grateful for—I'll go fi rst. It's easy. It's you. Your kind hearts, your capacity for compas- sion, your instinct to immediately help one anoth- er—you make our industry remarkable, and you're making our whole world better, bit by bit, person by person, day by day by day. grateful 14 barista magazine

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