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

The Podcast

043: Mayra Hernandez of Back of the Yards Coffee

Mayra Hernandez opened a cafe in her childhood neighborhood in Chicago called Back of the Yards Coffee Co, and we sit and chat at her cafe in part one of a two part series. We talk about returning to your neighborhood, what building community looks like, and ponder why local artists' works and neighborhood flyers have disappeared from modern coffee shops. This is the first episode of Boss Barista produced in partnership with Good Beer Hunting ( and is sponsored by Juniors Roasted Coffee ( 

Ashley Rodriguez