Barista Magazine

APR-MAY 2019

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Publisher Kenneth R. Olson Editor in Chief Sarah Allen Art Director Demitri Fregosi Powers Online Editor Ashley Rodriguez Copy Editors Ever Meister, Chris Ryan Photographer Abe Weissman Business Manager Cheryl Lueder Advertising Sales Sarah Allen 800.296.9108 Contributors Tracy Allen Sarah Bence Andrew Bettis Victoria Brown Steph Byce Chris Danger Ashley Elander Strandquist Kate Haberer RJ Joseph Ana Mallozzi Ever Meister Ashley Rodriguez Chris Ryan Justin Shepherd March Van Streefkerk Joshua Vasko Editorial Advisory Board 2019–2021 Alicia Adams, Red Bay Coffee, Oakland, Calif. Cassie Ash, Small Planes Coffee, Washington, D.C. Brittney Balestra, Third Space Coffee, Colorado Springs, Colo. Kaie Bird, Sharing Spaces, Tel Aviv, Israel Kate Blackman, Messenger Coffee, Kansas City, Mo. Gabriel Boscana, Maquina Coffee Roasters, West Chester, Pa. Brittany Davies, Discovery Coffee, Vancouver, B.C. Erica Escalante, The Arrow Coffeehouse, Portland, Ore. T. Ben Fischer, Glitter Cat Barista Bootcamp, New York, N.Y. Cill Fisher, Floozy Coffee Roasters, Newcastle, N.S.W., Australia Antoine Franklin, Blacksmith Coffee, Houston, Texas Umeko Motoyoshi, Umeshiso, San Francisco Leticia Pollock, Panther Coffee, Miami Abner Roldán, Café Comunion, San Juan, P.R. Christina Snyder, Deeper Roots Coffee, Cincinnati, Ohio 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 2019 Barista Magazine. All rights reserved. BARIST A M A G A Z I N E E D I T O R L E T T E R BESIDES THAT ONE LOST SUMMER as the world's worst bartender, I've been a working writer all my life. Lots of people assume I must have been a barista at some point be- cause, you know. But, nope. My distance from the actual work of being a barista is part of why my respect for what you people do is so massive—that's some tough stuff right there. The skills you've honed, the heavy lift- ing (literal and fi gurative), the organizational efforts, the attention to detail—my god, the work of a barista impresses me. No matter how different my job is from yours, though, I'm willing to bet what keeps you going and pushing and working is the same as for me: It's my community. It's my people. I'm sitting in my offi ce writing this, and besides two lazy cats, I'm alone. It's quiet. I'd have to make an effort to get sidelined, there's so little here to distract me. Still, I have people. I have you. I'm not working the line with you (trust me, you're better off. Just ask the poor folks who had to work with me at the bar that summer). I'm not sharing a closing shift with you. But you are my com- munity, and IMHO, community's the most important thing there is. If every issue of Barista Mag is about community, this one is that times a zillion. In these pages, you'll meet Mayra Hernandez and Jesse Iñiguez, the folks on the cover who own Back of the Yards Coffee Co. on Chicago's South Side. The shop was named for the neighborhood, which historically hasn't had the best reputation. Starbucks wouldn't even open a café there, reports of crime were so bad. For Mayra and Jesse, though, this was their community—it was where they grew up. Opening shop there was an investment in their neighborhood. It's a gift to kids without someplace else to hang out after school. It's a place where people come together—the kind of place the South Side hadn't had for a while. With their company, Jesse and Mayra are building up what they hold most dear—their community. I hear from members of our shared community every day, all day, through emails mostly, telling me about a throwdown their shop is hosting, or a fundraiser, or a raffl e. I'm meeting people I would maybe never know otherwise. (It's important to remember that only a small swath of our enormous coffee community goes to the expos, the trade shows, the competitions.) I learn all the time about different groups, barista enclaves, that exist only because some person and their friends made it happen. I was so inspired that I started making a list of all these groups to publish in this issue (see page 86). It's beyond encouraging to look at. Each one represents someone who wasn't just going to sit around and complain that the coffee world wasn't doing enough for them. They created what they needed themselves. Just, wow. I asked RJ Joseph, herself a community activist, to talk to some of these folks and write an article about how they did it, and you can read it on page 74. I have enormous hope that the list of grassroots community groups we print next year will be twice as long because of it. Justin Shepherd knows that one of the best ways to bring coffee people together is a good old-fashioned latte art throwdown. He knows because he's been hosting one annually for baristas throughout Tennes- see and Kentucky for going on nine years now, using each as an opportunity to raise money for a nonprofi t while giving folks a space in which to grow. As many throwdowns as there have been over the years, no one's ever written a how-to about hosting your own quite as well as Justin does on page 80. At our planning meeting for this issue, we dis- cussed how to illustrate what we called a "package," which is a set of stories on the same theme. For the "Cultivating Community" package, which includes Justin's and RJ's stories, as well as that list of groups and their Instagram handles, we immedi- ately landed on the idea of a garden (and used the incredible illustrating abilities of Ashley Elander Strandquist to bring it to life). The fact that the very thing that brings us together comes from a kind of garden, too, was just gravy. As for my direct community, I have the people I work with every day: Ken and Demitri, Ashley, Ever, and Chris. I'm also lucky enough to have had a phenomenal Editorial Advisory Board since the day we started publishing. For the last 14 years, we have rotated in groups of exceptional coffee professionals from all different viewpoints every two years. I need these folks so much, friends. These amazing people were each selected because of the unique perspective they bring, their locations, their accomplishments. They inform my decisions about how to build this magazine to best serve our industry, and for that I am truly grateful. I am both thrilled and honored to introduce our 2019–2021 Editorial Advisory Board. Please help me welcome: Alicia Adams, Cassie Ash, Brittney Balestra, Kaie Bird, Kate Blackman, Gabriel Boscana, Brittany Davies, Erica Escalante, T. Ben Fischer, Cill Fisher, Antoine Franklin, Umeko Mo- toyoshi, Leticia Pollock, Abner Roldán, and Chris- tina Snyder. Thanks for all you've done to uphold community, and for making the 14th anniversary of Barista Magazine an incredible thing to celebrate. my people 14 barista magazine

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