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JUN-JUL 2018

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What are you taking away from our awesome coffee world right now? Let us know about cool trends, fun gear, killer drinks, events, places, people— you get the idea! Email takeaway@ Zine Celebrates Coffee People's Creativity We all know that one of the best parts of working in coffee is getting to know the creative and artistic people who are just naturally drawn to the craft. How many of your barista friends are in a band, showing their art and photography, doodling on the side, or writing poetry? Denver-based roaster and barista Kathryn Melheim didn't just admire this about her colleagues in the vibrant Colorado coffee scene—she wanted to celebrate it. After being dazzled by a coffee friend's gallery show, Kat says, "I realized that there were many other coffee people in Denver who might be having art openings, band gigs, book releases, movie screenings, or other creative things that I had no idea about. And I thought that was a shame! I wanted to support my fellow baristas and roasters and coffee professionals in their other works. But where was I to find all their work in one place?" Exercising the get-up-and-go approach she was born with, Kat took it upon herself to create that place in the form of Coffee People, a quarterly zine featuring original writing and artwork by coffee professionals, as well as feature articles on timely topics including gender demographics, barista rights, profiles, shop openings, and upcoming coffee- community events. Issue number one of Coffee People debuted with great success in spring 2018, and Kat's excited for the release of the second issue on the first day of summer, June 21. You can buy it online at Kat's already at work on issue three of Coffee People, and is accepting creative submissions from the community at large now. You can upload your art or writing right on the website, or email Kat at "Coffee is an amazing product," Kat says happily, "but it would be nothing without the people behind it." Happy Pride, Coffee Friends! Here's a great "problem" to have: There are so many specialty-coffee companies that celebrate Pride with special blends, events, and commemorations that we don't have room for them all in our pages! So please visit Barista Magazine Online throughout the month of June to see how your colleagues are honoring Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer or Questioning, and Intersex Pride Month for the duration of June. LGBTQI Pride Month honors the 1969 Stonewall riots in Manhattan, which were a tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States. Today, Pride parades, picnics, workshops, symposia, concerts, and parties attract millions of participants around the world. Memorials are also held in June for members of the LGBTQI community who have been lost to hate crimes or HIV/AIDS. Our international specialty-coffee community is more vocal in its support of the impact LGBTQI individuals have had on history locally, nationally, and internationally than ever before. Please share photos and stories from your company and community's efforts to celebrate Pride with us at Barista Magazine by emailing New Barista Guild Event to Champion Inclusivity and Progress After years of successful Barista Camps, the Barista Guild of America executive council was eager to develop a new platform for the continuing education of baristas at a variety of skill levels. The result: Access, a brand-new event concept that debuts September 19–20 in Austin, Texas. "With accessibility in mind, we have been working hard to create something that is packed with product presentations, lectures, hands-on workshops, and opportunities to be together in a room and get a bit more experimental than the structured educational courses allow us to," says Mark Hundley, the BGA's events committee chair. "This event is meant to have subject matters that can be universally applied to all the attendees, no matter how little experience or knowledge they may have on the subjects being discussed." PHOTO BY ANDREW HORTON PHOTO COURTESY OF SCA Kathryn "Kat" Melheim, creator of the Coff ee People zine. 20 barista magazine

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