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APR-MAY 2018

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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 Montgomery Clyde Business Manager Cheryl Lueder Advertising Sales Sarah Allen 800.296.9108 Contributors Tom Abraham Tracy Allen Harold Camillo Chris Danger Ashley Elander Melind John Jason "Double J" Johnson RJ Joseph Alicia Kennedy Allison Kerek Alex Lambert Phil Markel Ashley Rodriguez Chris Ryan Brodie Vissers 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. BARIST A M A G A Z I N E E D I T O R L E T T E R we stand together WELL BEFORE HURRICANE MARIA was assessed as the worst natural disaster on record in Dominica and Puerto Rico, Abner Roldán and Karla Ly Quiñones Garcia had propped up a card table on Avenida Juan Ponce de León, where they used a generator to brew hot coffee for their neighbors. Behind them stood their dream: Café Comunión, the coffeehouse they had spent years planning and had intended to open that very week in September of 2017. Once they'd swept away the broken glass and muddy water outside the shop, Abner and Karla put their own needs aside. They knew how much a simple cup of coffee would mean to those who'd lost everything. Today, they tell me they felt the love of their friends and family far away, who called and tex- ted with offers of help as soon as the Category 5 hurricane that took a reported 547 lives had passed. Karla and Abner are positive people— they're optimists. They don't dwell on the fact that their island has all but been abandoned by the federal government of the United States, the one that, 101 years ago, granted U.S. citi- zenship to Puerto Rico's residents. As I write this, it's been five months since Maria, and still over 30 percent of the island— more than 900,000 people—live without elec- tricity. The federal government has promised some assistance to P.R. in the form of a loan, even though it granted outright aid to Florida, Texas, and California when those states suf- fered hurricane and wildfire devastation. Why Puerto Rico doesn't qualify for the same kind of help likely only the guy in the White House knows. To add insult to injury, the U.S. Treasury announced on February 27 it would be cutting that already minimal loan of $4.9 billion to just $2 billion (though it's unclear whether the fed- eral government will even agree to distribute those funds at all). Puerto Ricans continue to live in a state of uncertainly—roughly 270 public schools still lack power, and the island as a whole is fast running out of drinking water. Karla and Ab- ner, however, have their sights set on the future. " What else can we do right now," Karla says, "but take care of one another and share what we can?" She acknowledges Washington's failure to help her island rebuild, but would rather talk about the extraordinary kindness of Abner and her adopted family: the coffee communi- ty. Immediately after Maria, baristas in the United States went to work organizing throw- downs and raffles to raise money for Puerto Rico. They set aside tips to send to the island. They did what the specialty-coffee community does by instinct: They jumped head first into trying to make things better for their friends in need. They didn't think twice about it. Karla and Abner are among countless Puerto Ricans working in hospitality, trying to serve their friends and neighbors while fret- ting about their own families' future. And then there are the farmers, like Roberto Atienza and his daughter, Rebecca, whose coffee farm Hacienda San Pedro was ravaged by Maria. Roberto estimates 90 percent of the planta- tion has been destroyed. Many decades ago, Puerto Rico was the global leader in coffee production, and now the island's entire supply is running out. The federal government might be turning its back on Puerto Rico, but our specialty-cof- fee community will not. How many of you have responded when a GoFundMe pops up to raise money for a barista with medical bills? How quickly did the #coffeetoo movement build—how fast did coffee pros come togeth- er to protect their peers from harm, and to empower them by instating systems to defend their interests? This is the lucky 13th anniversary issue of Barista Magazine's first printing, and the specialty-coffee world is vastly different than it was in 2005. Your spirit to change the coffee world for the better, though, that's always been there. Baristas may represent big money in the industry today, but 13 years ago, the only ones who really believed in the future and potential of baristas were baristas. You made this industry what it is today, friends, and you've never slowed down in your deter- mination to help your peers and this coffee community we all live in. You inspire me more than I could ever express. Thirteen years lat- er, chronicling your stories, your actions, your words, and your visions is the most monumen- tal privilege. Truly, we thank you. 14 barista magazine

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