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San Francisco: Watch The Women In Coffee Panel At Fellow

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On Saturday, March 24th the new Fellow showroom on Valencia in San Francisco played host to a Women In Coffee panel, featuring prominent female coffee professionals from around the Bay Area. The discussion was led by Alicia Adams (Director of Coffee of Red Bay Coffee Roasters) and featured business owners Eileen Rinaldi (founder and CEO of Ritual Coffee Roasters), Helen Russell (co-founder and CEO of Equator Coffees & Teas), Trish Rothgeb (co-founder, co-CEO, and Director of Coffee at Wrecking Ball Coffee Roasters), and Rachel Konte (Chief of Design at Red Bay Coffee Roasters).

“Here at Fellow we pick themes for the store every month,” explained manager Jessica Caisse. “In honor of International Women’s Day we decided March would be ‘Boss Ladies Month’ during which we would highlight and celebrate women in the coffee industry. We featured women-owned and operated roasters, promoted women producers, and planned a ‘Women in Coffee’ mixer like we’ve enjoyed at other businesses in the past, where ladies in the industry have a fun night to connect over food and drinks.”

Caisse teamed up with Akaash Saini of Equator Coffees and Teas who’d been developing this program and needed a venue. “It couldn’t have been more perfect timing,” Caisse told Sprudge.

Before the panel kicked off, around forty-five guests mingled in the expansive showroom, with food provided by Dripline of Oakland, CA. “The owner and head chef, Nora Dunning, is getting a lot of local exposure,” says Caisse, “She was one of the head pastry people at Farley’s and Blue Bottle. Dripline is now becoming one of the hot spots in Oakland.” Dripline’s food draws from South East Asian flavors and contemporary California cuisine—think a cardamom-spiced muffin dusted with Equator Coffees’ Tigerwalk espresso blend.

Drinks were provided by women-owned Inconnu Wine and beer by women-owned Good Food Award winning brewery Sufferfest.

Alicia Adams moderated the panel and touched on issues like diversity, sexual harassment, challenges of being a woman in coffee, and dismantling outdated systems. “I was honored and inspired to be moderating a panel of women with so much experience in the coffee industry,” Adams tells Sprudge. “A lot of them have paved the way for women in the coffee industry, and to hear their thoughts and advice on the more serious topics like sexual harassment and gender inequity while still keeping the conversation positive and uplifting is exactly what we need more of.”

Alicia Adams, Trish Rothgeb, and Helen Russell.

“[Adams] asked great questions that pushed us toward some illuminating realizations. I learned so much from the other panelists, as well as Alicia,” Trish Rothgeb told us.

“It’s always an honor to represent Women of Color in the Coffee industry,” says Rachel Konte. “We are unicorns, but that is not holding us back. We need to be seen so others can follow.”

“It was wonderful to look out at the audience and see more than one kind of person represented,” Rothgeb continued. “A panel made up of women talking about the coffee lives of women can draw a diverse crowd! This is amazing to see.”

The panel lasted a little over an hour and included topics that panelists had different takes on. Some championed transparency in wages while others were more cautious. “Compensation is a complex topic and it was interesting to hear how we all manage transparency at different stages of growth,” said Helen Russell.

“Rachel, Helen, Trish, Eileen, and Alicia were a wonderful team to lead a discussion like this, and the response I’ve had from guests has been overwhelmingly positive,” said Caisse. “Communities coming together in this way on a regular basis is so important to the health and vibrance of our industry, and I’m honored Fellow could be a part of it.”

Watch the complete video below:

Sprudge is proudly partnered with this Women In Coffee event. Special thanks to Fellow and Equator Coffees, and to all the panelists, our host Alicia Adams, and attendees.

Zachary Carlsen is a co-founder at Sprudge Media Network. Read more Zachary Carlsen on Sprudge.

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Friday: Philadelphia’s ReAnimator Coffee Is Throwing Down For The ACLU

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You know how every time you go see a Marvel movie you have to stay until the post-credits scene so you can see what the next Marvel movie will be? Well this is kind of like that, but for charity. Philadelphia’s ReAnimator Coffee, presumably still drunk off the stupid Eagles winning the Super Bowl, must have slept through the March 16th Night of 1,000 Pours event Sprudge facilitated nationwide, so they’re throwing a NoTP (No1P? NoKP?) addendum event this Friday, April 6th.

Starting at 7:30pm at their 310 Master St location, ReAnimator will be hosting a combination latte art throwdown and Cup Tasters competition with all the proceeds from the $10 entry fee going to the Pennsylvania chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union. But don’t worry, L’Artists, thanks to donations from sponsors Acaia, Baratza, La MarzoccoRes Ipsa, Stock, and others, there will be prizes aplenty for pourers who can execute the highest beauty to milk ratio.

So stick around until Friday at 7:30pm; the credits are almost over and ReAnimator is screening the post credits scene. With any luck, Samuel L. Jackson will make an appearance.

Disclaimer: Samuel L. Jackson will not be making an appearance, but you should still go to support the ACLU of Pennsylvania.

Zac Cadwalader is the news editor at Sprudge Media Network and a staff writer based in Dallas. Read more Zac Cadwalader on Sprudge.

*all images via ReAnimator Coffee

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Vito Sportelli & Andrea Peconio Are Your Amsterdam Coffee Mixologist Champs

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Coffee cocktail-making virtuosi Vito Sportelli and Andrea Peconio have been crowned champions at the 2018’s Coffee Mixologists tournament at Amsterdam Coffee Festival. The Italians battled seven other teams of two, across four rounds, over the three days of last month’s festival in Holland. Sponsored by Tia Maria, Sanremo, and Daarnhouwer in its second year, Coffee Mixologists is fast emerging as a major new competitive coffee event, and carries with it a sizable cash prize. 

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While 2017’s winners were a Dutch barista and bartender duo who proved to be deft partners in drink-making (and as of January, baby-making), this year’s title and €1,000 prize went to close-knit colleagues. Both are trainers at Barproject, a beverage events and consulting company in Bari, the seaport city located where, if Italy’s boot were imagined cowboy-style, the spur would jut. A 39 year old from Conversano, Sportelli also runs his own cocktail catering company, Aperinfresco, and 28-year-old Peconio moonlights as head bartender at Kabuki, a club, bar, and restaurant in his hometown of Bari.

Sportelli and Peconio’s signature drink, called the Terrone, combined two coffees from Italian specialty roaster Edo Quarta—a natural Colombian Quindio Villa Roa and a washed Kenyan Karindundo Nyery—with booze aplenty. An ibrik warmed up the spirits before smoking them and incorporating angostura bitters, thyme, and cascara.

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For the second year of the tournament, returning judges included Anne Lunell, co-founder of Swedish roaster Koppi, and Hani Asfdaai, acclaimed bartender and owner of Noah in Rotterdam. New to adjudication this year was 2017 London Coffee Masters champion James Wise, and serving as the affable and enthusiastic MC was Dave Jameson, a twice-crowned UK Coffee in Good Spirits champion and coffee program manager at Bewley’s UK.

“I was really impressed with Vito and Andrea from their first performance,” Jameson shared with Sprudge. “They didn’t make a bad drink all weekend, and the drink they prepared in the final was just sublime! Very deserving winners and I look forward to seeing them performing again soon.”

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Dave Jameson of Bewley’s UK (center).

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Judges James Wise (center) and Anne Lunell (right).

Before heading to the London Coffee Festival—to hold mixology and coffee training sessions as part of the Cimbali Sensory SeriesSportelli and Peconio answered some questions for Sprudge about the contest and their careers.

The interview has been lightly edited for clarity.

How did you get involved in coffee and cocktails?

Vito Sportelli: Studying and experimenting with basic products as part of being a professional Italian barista, and having the products always present in the bar where we usually work.

Andrea Peconio: My passion led me to get experience working with alcohol. That then led to experience with coffee preparation and eventually how to mix them together.

Why did you decide to enter the Coffee Mixologists competition?

VS: It was a challenge—to get out of our comfort zone and have us confront professionals beyond our own country.

AP: To set ourselves outside our home environment and see what it would be like to put that kind of pressure on ourselves.

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Photo courtesy of Dave Jameson.

Do you consider one of yourselves more of a barista and the other a bartender, or do you both feel equally comfortable with coffee and cocktails?

VS: Thanks to all the work we have done in recent years, we are quite complementary in both disciplines.

AP: We are both bartenders though, above all, work well together as a close-knit team.

In the first round, The Signature Drink, you prepared the Terrone, which include Bols Genever 1575 and Imea Gineprina d’Olanda 1897. Did making this drink for a competition in Amsterdam influence the decision to use traditional Dutch alcohol?

VS: Absolutely. We like to create drinks that are not just perfectly balanced, but that also have cultural content. We were thinking about how to create a union between our land and the Amsterdam Coffee Festival.

AP: Terrone is the result of the Barproject crew’s teamwork. However, Dutch products were chosen to honor Dutch culture.

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Photo courtesy of Dave Jameson.

How was working with the secret ingredients in The Mystery round?

VS: Stimulating and fun.

AP: And to succeed in these rounds, we focused on really evaluating the characteristics of the single-origin coffee that we had to use.

What was the hardest part about the competition?

VS: During the semi-final [in the Redefining the Classic round], the competition required us to reinterpret a Black Russian. The greatest effort was reinventing it without being banal. We revised it tiki-style, keeping the characteristics of the drink when in contact with the lips and letting it evolve during the drinking process so it could still carry exotic notes.

While Italy leads in the world in terms of coffee technology, your country’s specialty coffee roasting and cafe scene is still emerging. Do you see yourselves as ambassadors for contemporary Italian coffee or cocktails?

VS: We believe that a barista in Italy must necessarily know all the materials that he deals with during his work, and we work every day applying this philosophy—above all, during our shifts behind the bar.

We have been working with specialty products for six years now, incorporating them in our consumer education and catering, all while respecting the concept of made-in-Italy as well as new world trends.

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This event includes a €1000 cash prize. Photo courtesy of Dave Jameson.

Is there something specifically Italian that you brought to this competition?

VS: Probably the all-Italian ability to communicate and excite.

What’s in store for the future?

VS: I hope to be able to continue traveling, to explore how to experiment, and maybe thanks to this victory, to have new job opportunities abroad.

AP: I would like to open a club of my own and continue to grow my professional skills.

Karina Hof is a Sprudge staff writer based in Amsterdam. Read more Karina Hof on Sprudge

Photos courtesy of the Amsterdam Coffee Festival unless otherwise noted.

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