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JUN-JUL 2018

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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 We love the article on dress codes ("Make It Work," April + May 2018)— we can't stop talking about it! I showed it to the owner—he was really sur- prised at how much stuff there is to be aware of when asking your staff to dress a certain way. And he's a good guy—we all love him. But he wouldn't have known about any of this if you didn't have this article. Thanks from all of us! Chelle Chaines Richmond, Calif. The story about dress codes was so on the money. Thank you for address- ing the fact that many, many restaurants and cafés are working with a playbook from the 1960s when it comes to dress codes and guidelines. This needed to be talked about, and the author did it in a very balanced and knowledgeable way. Kellen Glant Toronto Bravo for the article about gentrifi cation and the role that cafés and coffee shops play in how this happens in cities. This was strong, great arguments, but also some positive and attainable suggestions. Listen. Coffee shops will always play a role in establishing new neighborhoods and communi- ties. The trick is to be thoughtful and respectful when you come into a new neighborhood. Someone was there before you got there, and you have to remember and honor that. Miles Furlow Jamesport, Mo. We enjoyed the article about how to be energy-effi cient with your equip- ment. It's too bad we in the coffee world still value speed (like getting an espresso machine up to temp) over too much energy usage. Alas, that is how to compete with the shop down the street sometimes. I like knowing what I can do to conserve because I want to be a conscientious citizen but also because I need to watch my money. It was nice to learn about [which] equipment manufacturers are making efforts to create machines that will last a long time and be kind to the environment. Jamie Baird Truckee, Calif. We thank you for the wonderful articles about Puerto Rico. It is encour- aging to learn of people like Abner and Karla on the cover article who are not skipping a beat in working to heal their island and their community. It was also interesting (and heartbreaking) to learn of the devastation facing coffee-farming communities on the island—I admit, I did not know much about coffee growing in Puerto Rico. Finally, thank you for the editor's letter that took a stand against the horrifyingly inadequate and frankly insulting response from the United States government over what has hap- pened in Puerto Rico. I received my copy of this issue of Barista Maga- zine (April + May 2018) just as I learned about the widespread electricity loss in Puerto Rico (and still so many people did not have electricity from even back when they lost it after the hurricane!). I live in Houston, and we were so fortunate that the government assisted us after the hurricane. But why does Puerto Rico not get the same attention? Why do they not deserve it when they are U.S. citizens just like we are? Again, I am embar- rassed by my country's government. If all we can do is talk about it, then let's yell and scream about it. We owe it to the people of Puerto Rico. Nan Zedeck Houston Alicia Kennedy's articles about Puerto Rico were, sadly, timely. Don't get me wrong: I enjoyed reading them. It's just all too, too, too sad. How much more do Puerto Ricans have to suffer? Thank you for printing the story of the in- spiring people like Abner Roldán who are shepherd- ing their neighbors to a better future, or at least giving them hope. Every day it seems there is news about some new humili- ation that Puerto Ricans are facing at the hands of their own (my own) gov- ernment. I am proud that my café routinely holds fundraisers and clothing and food drives for our neighbors in Puerto Rico. They need our help. This is far from over. Thank you for shining a light on this sadness that people need to be reminded of again and again. Heather Jeanne White Miami Thank you for all you have done, Barista Magazine staff, on behalf of Puerto Rico. I am emailing you while at the Coffee Expo in Seattle—I have just returned from the wonderful party you hosted to help the people of Puerto Rico rebuild. How much money did you raise and will you donate to Unidos? Thank you for the articles in your magazines about Puerto Rico—it makes an enormous difference to have a magazine that is as big and world-renowned as Barista Magazine making a big deal out of what's going on there. The people of Puerto Rico thank you. Juan Alvarado San Juan, Puerto Rico Thank you for writing, Juan (and for coming to the Expo party we hosted with our friends at Pacifi c Barista Series!). We raised money for Unidos Por Puerto Rico—which is an amazing organization dedicated to provid- ing relief specifi cally to individuals and small businesses devastated by Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Between the "Puerto Rico Rising" buttons we were giving away for donations at Barista Magazine's Expo booth, and the money donated at the party, we raised $437.47 Barista Magazine is rounding that amount up to $1,000, and has issued a check for $562.63 to Unidos Por Puerto Rico. 16 barista magazine

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