-- boss barista is a site and podcast highlighting the hard work, strife, and injustices of the barista profession.

Episodes

Jasper Wilde and Ashley Rodriguez talk about gender, race, sex, and other important issues in coffee. We invite people from all realms of the coffee world to share stories and engage in discussion.

035: Update on the Four Barrel Lawsuit

Last week, Jeremy Tooker and Four Barrel settled the lawsuit brought against them by eight former employees. But there's still work to do. Jodi and Tal promised to divest—they haven't yet. Instead, they fired the majority of their production team. So we have a big ask of you: reach out to the cafes you know continuing to serve Four Barrel and ask them to DEMAND DIVESTMENT BY FEBRUARY 15TH. Demand transparency, demand that shares of the company be given to employees (not sold), and demand a timeline. If you need a form letter to send to your local cafes, we got you covered

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Ashley Rodriguez
034: Four Barrel and Jeremy Tooker Accused of Sexual Misconduct

ONGOING STORY/TRIGGER WARNING–On January 5th, 2018, the SF Chronicle broke the story that eight former and current employees of Four Barrel Coffee in San Francisco, Calif., are coming forward, accusing owner Jeremy Tooker of sexual harassment and assault. The suit alleges that other owners of Four Barrel were well aware of these behaviors and propagated a culture that protected Jeremy and allowed sexual misconduct to run rampant. Listen as we read aloud the allegations from the lawsuit. 

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033: Reggie Elliott Is Up With Coffee

A few weeks ago, we got in a Twitter debate with Reggie, and we all came together to discuss cultural appropriation (spoiler alert: he's right we were wrong), the responsibility of leaders in the coffee industry, and what's so special about the D.C. coffee scene. Reggie is the Coffee Director at A Rake's Progress and The Cup We All Race 4, and he talks about Sweden, his beginnings at Murky Coffee, and the importance of representation through DMV Coffee. We also laugh a little and talk about astrology and babies because duh. 

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032: Emily Ordendoff's Statement at Reno Coffeechamps

Lots of amazing folks competed at the Reno Coffeechamps earlier this month, and used their platform to call out the SCA and speak up for their community. In this mini-episode, Jasper talks about activism and airs a statement from Emily Orendorff of Boxcar Coffee Roasters in Denver. Thank you to Emily for letting us air her statement, and Lucas Haladki for noticing this and tagging us on Twitter! 

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030: BOSS BARISTA IN PARIS!

Hope you were paying attention in your high school French class -- we bring you an episode of Boss Barista entirely IN FRENCH! The great folks from Cafée let us hang and record a panel with women from all over the coffee scene in Paris, and we're thrilled to share the happenings of a coffee scene abroad. Remember, this episode is entirely IN FRENCH and we hope to bring you episodes in different languages soon! 

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029: LIVE FROM CHERRY ROAST

Jasper and Ashley head to Denver, Colo., for the third annual Cherry Roast, a coffee competition aimed at being inclusive and making coffee competitions accessible. We report live on the event and interview past winners, current competitors, and others in the Denver coffee who are making changes and pushing forward. 

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028: We Interview Each Other

Boss Barista was born out of a conversation between Jasper and Ashley. Today, we revisit that conversation and delve deeper. Jasper talks about her name change and her background, and Ashley discusses her identity and talks an upsetting amount about Tinder. 

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026: Reflections on Leadership

A leader isn't simply the person in charge--it's the person who takes responsibility for their staff and ensures their success. In this episode, Jasper and Ashley talk about leaders in the cafe and why people seem to ignore their responsibility to their baristas. LEADERSHIP IS A PRACTICED SKILL YOU CAN DO IT BETTER. Photo featuring Jen Apodaca showing folks how to roast at a #shestheroaster event.

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025: 'There Was Nothing Here Before the Coffeeshop Opened!'

Gentrification is ugly and real. In this episode, we talk about Boyle Heights, how gentrification hurts neighborhoods, and the language behind gentrification -- ever heard someone say, 'There was nothing here a few years ago?' Yes there was, it just didn't cater to your white, middle-class sensibilities. Honor neighborhoods, learn history, respect residents. 

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024: Dani Goot brings punk to coffee

Dani Goot doesn't care what you call her—as long as its uncomfortable for you. Dani is the Head of Coffee Strategy and Business Development for Bellwether Coffee in Berkeley, Calif., and talks to us about staying true to himself and how to grow in coffee. Confused by the use of him/her pronouns? Good—Dani wants you to challenge your perceptions of gender identity and asks you to open your mind and ask questions.

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023: Liz Dean is a great leader. You can be too.

If you want someone to give you a no bullshit answer, Liz Dean is the one to ask. She's hired and managed hundreds of people in her former role as Director of Retail for Irving Farm, and she's got tons of real talk and stories to share about hiring and being a good leader. If you're a leader, and your staff isn't performing to the standards you've set, then guess what? IT'S YOUR FAULT GET IT TOGETHER. 

You should also stay til the end because Ashley tries to sing and it's terrible. 

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022: Dismantling Your Privilege

Ok, so. You have some privilege. What do you do with it? What does it mean? And what happens when someone calls you out? Jasper and Ashley talk defensiveness, how to listen to others, and why are folks in coffee ready to play devil's advocate? This was a hard episode for us to record. 

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Ashley Rodriguez
021: Will They Or Won't They Tip?

You know when there's two characters on a TV show and you watch in anticipation, endlessly wondering will they or won't they? What does that have to do with tipping? In this episode we theorize about tipping and why certain people tip more, why certain people get tipped more, and we ask: should we get rid of tips? 

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Nathan Gwatney