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Ashley Rodriguez talks to folks 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 - we want to hear from you! Contact us at bossbaristapodcast@gmail.com

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Ashley Rodriguez talks to folks 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 - we want to hear from you! Contact us at bossbaristapodcast@gmail.com

    Exploring Coffee Through Fast Fashion with Rachel Faller [153]

    Exploring Coffee Through Fast Fashion with Rachel Faller [153]

    Rachel Faller is one of the co-founders of tonlé, a zero-waste clothing company that believes in promoting equal value across the supply chain. Like coffee, most of the clothing we wear goes through hundreds of hands and relies on a system of manufacture and exchange that is a relic of colonialism.

    In this episode, Rachel explains some of the parallels between how coffee is bought and sold and how clothes are made. We talk about who gains and who loses in a world that relies on fast fashion: the production of cheap clothing with quick turnaround times for garment factories.

    This episode is brought to you by Urnex. 

    • 57 min
    The Two Lives of Nigel Price [152]

    The Two Lives of Nigel Price [152]

    Before coffee, Nigel Price of Drip Coffee Makers had a career in finance, working for a firm in Downtown Manhattan. But eventually, he decided he’d had enough—and he turned to cafes as a way to break away from the life he’d built and the trajectory he no longer wanted to be on. Over a decade later, Nigel credits coffee as the beginning of his second life, giving him a chance to create connections and bond with people in a way that his prior life in finance hadn’t.

    This episode is brought to you by Urnex. 

    • 46 min
    Erica Chadé On Listening and Being Present With Yourself [REAIR]

    Erica Chadé On Listening and Being Present With Yourself [REAIR]

    We’re re-airing an episode form June of 2020 with Erica Chadé (you may hear them referred to as Erica Jackson in the episode). Erica talks all about intention, getting to know yourself and offers some wonderful tidbits about slowing down and how working in service can offer moments of presence.

    We have "We Are Not A Family" tees available now—Erica is modeling one in the photo for this episode. Order them here! 

    This episode is brought to you by Urnex. 

    • 48 min
    Suneal Pabari on Competition as a Learning Tool [151]

    Suneal Pabari on Competition as a Learning Tool [151]

    From the moment Suneal Pabari got into coffee, he wanted to know why others didn’t share his excitement, and he came to a pretty simple conclusion: Coffee is hard! Baristas are busy slinging drinks, and it’s not like the coffee roaster is sitting and waiting to answer your queries about why Coffee A tastes like strawberries and Coffee B tastes like milk chocolate.

    Suneal wanted to learn more, and he decided to start a game. Leaderboard Coffee is a seasonal coffee experiment where participants receive 10 unlabeled bags of coffee alongside a set of guiding questions to help them deduce where each coffee is from and what makes it unique. Leaderboard doesn’t just offer the opportunity to become an at-home sleuth, but also to learn about coffee in a way that a cafe environment can’t replicate.

    This episode is brought to you by Urnex. 

    • 42 min
    Buy Past Crop Coffee with Baylee Engberg [150]

    Buy Past Crop Coffee with Baylee Engberg [150]

    Baylee Engberg is a roaster who wants you to embrace past crop coffees.

    That’s still a pretty novel position—coffee is an industry that touts freshness, which means “past crop” can feel taboo. But there's an opportunity to change the narrative. Just because past crop coffees are older doesn’t mean they can’t be roasted well and still drink deliciously. Does green coffee really have to be at the peak of freshness to be enjoyed? Is it sustainable to ignore past crop coffees? And don’t roasters have the power to highlight different flavors that maximize the full potential of a past crop coffee?

    This episode is brought to you by Urnex.

    • 43 min
    Brittany Sims Will Not Leave Their Feelings at the Door [149]

    Brittany Sims Will Not Leave Their Feelings at the Door [149]

    Brittany Sims is a barista and coffee writer who runs the Non-Binary Barista blog. Brittany uses their blog to talk about gender in the workplace, but also to discuss accessibility issues, neurodivergency, how to deal with trauma, and big feelings at work. Essentially, Brittany’s blog humanizes service workers, and shines a light on the real experiences people go through on the job.

    This episode is brought to you by Urnex.

    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
83 Ratings

83 Ratings

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Standard Pour episode!

I loved this episode! Very thoughtful and thorough interviewing really brought out the reflections and the experiences of a Black women-owned coffee business owner and first-time entrepreneur.

My key takeaway is that sometimes it’s daunting to realize your visions, but once you start working towards it, you find community willing and able to support you in manifesting your dreams along the way.
Keep doing what you do!

abbyelizaa ,

Amazing resource

I’ve been a listener for years and am finally getting around to reviewing. This podcast is a PHENOMENAL resource for all things coffee. Managing tips? Got em. How to get into competition? It’s here. Unionization efforts? Covered. Roasting and sourcing conversations? Oh you betcha. Love it and cannot recommend this podcast enough.

Old Man Beans ,

Amazing

I'm kind of surprised that this show doesn't have more reviews. It's given me so much information and resources to move forward in the coffee community. Ashley does a wonderful job of highlighting the issues that this industry faces.

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