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DEC 2018 - JAN 2019

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T I P J A R COMMENTS, QUESTIONS, LOVE, AND HATE PHONE: 800.296.9108 FAX: 971.223.3659 TIPJAR@BARISTAMAGAZINE.COM Coffee is about being human, and Barista features humans on the cover and in the pages, issue after issue. We loved the October + November [2018] issue with Tucker Lewis and Jennifer Park telling the story of how people didn't believe in them when they started their company. As I was reading, I thought maybe they would have a "Ha!" moment when they rubbed the naysayers' noses in the fact that they succeeded after all. But no—they're too classy for that. They use their energy to create a community, great coffee, and a safe space. So inspiring and so human. Gerry Giovanni Pittsburgh I am crying tears of happiness as I look at the illustration of the Grand Dame of Specialty Coffee, Erna Knutsen, created by the very gifted artist Ashley Elander Strandquist. How is it that such a woman as Erna was photographed so little over her fantastic life, but that is the case. I have been approached by many people for photos since my dear friend passed away, and I do believe between your magazine and some others, every single one in existence has been used! I cannot express how much such a true-to-life portrait of this unforgettable woman means to me, to those who knew her, and to those who perhaps did not know her but were inspired by her. I shall keep this illustration in a place of honor from now on. Thank you, Ms. Elander Strandquist and thank you Barista Magazine. P.S. The article with so many mem- ories from those who knew her best was beautiful as well. Anonymous San Francisco Crush the Rush was so much fun this summer, and I really appreci- ate that Barista Mag published photos and details from it [October + November 2018]. La Marzocco is just the best for coming up with something so creative, and visiting cities where we don't always get cool events like this. My friends and coworkers and I also really appreciated that the event was lighthearted and fun, but still focused on professionalism. It seems like the Barista League [USA Tour] was like that, too, but I didn't get to go to that. I just am grateful there are competitions for coffee people that are not expensive or elitist. Thanks, La Marzocco! Please bring Crush the Rush back in summer 2019! Johanna Fatthenz Houston I liked the article about co-ops in the new issue of Barista [October + November 2018] a lot. I have always been curious about what a co-op is and how they work, and thanks to RJ Joseph, I understand it now. I am inspired to try to create a café co-op in my city, and my current barista friends and I are already making plans. We will let you know how it goes! Thanks for the article. Henry Onio Toronto We had been seeing those #shestheroaster Tshirts everywhere but we were clueless about what they meant, so thank you for clearing up the confusion [in the article in the October + November 2018 issue of Barista Magazine]. What an inspiration Jen Apodaca is for starting a great group. My husband and I co-own our two shops, and he says it is so great that there are so many opportunities for women in the coffee world these days, and yes, that's true. But it's taken long enough, for one thing, and there still are not nearly as many opportunities (don't even get me started on equal wages) as there should be. I am hopeful that Barista sharing Jen's story of how she created #shestheroaster motivates others to push the envelope and make something new that will make the coffee industry better for women. We still have a long way to go. Deena Campa Sterling Heights, Mich. 16 barista magazine

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