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10 - Gay spoons, mental health and good laughs with Umeko Motoyoshi
You might have seen the rainbow cupping spoons by Umeshiso on Instagram. Apart from being super fun and colourful, they're also part of a bigger mission. To make cupping or coffee as a whole more inclusive and less scary. Umeko is a licensed Q-Grader who spent many years working in specialty coffee where they often felt looked down upon or excluded by CIS white males who are largely running the industry. Marginilised people across the world are often being excluded or underrepresented despite coffee being largely produced by black and brown people.
Umeko who is a queer, trans person who also suffers from a disability wants to create a space for everyone to feel welcome and get the mental health they need to thrive, and they do that through their hilarious Instagram account, gay spoons and a non-profit organisation called Get Psyched. In this episode, we talked about Umeko's journey from novice cupper to business owner, how important mental health is for service industry workers and what is on the cards for Umeshio's future.
Disclaimer: We had a few unexpected interruptions caused by a low battery and a lawn mower but you probably won't notice this. The only technical issue we had was the sound in the first 10 minutes of the episode. After that, things went swimmingly.
You can follow Umeshiso on Instagram and also find their upcoming fund raiser there.
9 - Coffee and fitness, a match made in heaven with Chris Roberts
It's common knowledge that coffee and fitness go well together. Coffee can help you burn fat, fight heart disease and diabetes and it can help you live longer. All of these things have been claimed by various studies and obviously, I strongly believe in them. Chris Roberts, Coffeevine ambassador, fitness model and trainer shares this belief and my love for specialty coffee. He joined me for the latest episode of Heard it on The Coffeevine to chat about his personal journey, how he ended up on the Men's Health cover and what he suggests you can do to get that summer body.
You can follow Chris' Instagram here.
8 - Running an award-winning coffee farm in Costa Rica with Alejo Castro Kahle of Volcan Azul
Volcan Azul is widely regarded as one of the best coffee producers in Costa Rica. The small Central American country that has been a pioneer in conservation and is home to 6% of the world's bio diversity has stunning landscapes, rich soils and varied micro climates that are perfect for growing high scoring specialty coffees.
Now in its 6th generation, Volcan Azul was originally founded in the early 19th century by Alejo C. Jiménez and Wilhelm Kahle and their descendants are keeping their traditional values alive while looking towards the future. These days, Alejo Castro Kahle is running the show there and he joined me from Costa Rica to talk about the farms key pillars, sustainability efforts and the wonderful coffees they are growing there every year.
You can find out more about Volcan Azul by visiting their website.
7 - Building a community online and offline with Wendelien van Bunnik and Ronita Dragomir
Coffee is all about the community, or so they say. Community is a very generous term that can refer to anything, from three people who support each other to a global network of members who share the same vision or ideals. And yet, when you're getting started in coffee, it's not always easy to get access, especially when you're seeking information or knowledge on specific topics. Maybe you're an introvert or you're shy by nature and you cannot bring yourself to ask the local star barista for advice? Or you are simply too busy with other things to attent workshops and courses. One way to connect with others is through the internet and social media has played a huge role in creating relationships even if some may only be fleeting.
Former Dutch Barista and World Aeropress Champion Wendelien van Bunnik recently launched a new initiative called The Happy Coffee Network, which aims to build bridges and connections and help budding baristas and competitors to find expertly curated knowledge that can help them further their ambitions. For this episode, she joined me along with one of her founding members Ronita Dragomir who is a barista, trainer and competitor to discuss how The Happy Coffee Network, how it came about, what it aims to change and a fun idea they have for the upcoming World of Coffee in Athens.
You can find more information about The Happy Coffee Network by visiting their website.
6 - Brewing the best filter coffee with World Brewers Cup Champion Matt Winton
Coffee brewing is a real art form and one that requires your full attention. However, contrary to popular belief, it might not be necessary to be so strict with your recipes to still get a banging brew. Matt Winton, two-times Swedish Barista Champion and World Brewer's Cup Champion revealed in this podcast episode that he often doesn't even weigh his coffee or use a timer. The catch, you do need to have the basics right. It's like cooking without a recipe. Some people just know how to do it. Matt also talked about his interesting background, what he thinks about Robusta and what he is currently working on that will surely delight many coffee enthusiasts.
You can follow Matt's new roastery ROSE on Instagram and view the video he made with Hario where he explains his 5-pour brewing recipe.
Welcome to I heard it on The Coffeevine, the podcast from Europe’s favourite coffee subscription service and globally trusted coffee blog. I’m your host and Coffeevine founder Alex Kitain and in this podcast, I interview coffee roasters, baristas, growers, scientists, innovators, and other interesting people who love specialty coffee.