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On Being Black in Coffee - Coffee Talk

October 15, 2020, 4:00 p.m.  (CST)

"On Being Black in Coffee" with activist and entrepreneur  Phyllis Johnson and Alicia Adams.

Phyllis Johnson is the co-founder and president of BD Imports, an award-winning social enterprise focused on responsible sourcing of specialty coffees. Under her leadership, BD Imports serves as a trusted supplier to small discerning coffee roasters, as well as, large customers with a national and international presence. In her work at BD Imports, Phyllis demonstrates a strong commitment to social responsibility and gender equality.  In June 2020 in wake of racial unrest she penned an  open letter to the U.S. coffee industry on racism  and more recently founded the Coffee Coalition for Racial Equity.

Alicia Adams is originally from Connecticut and left a career as a clinical laboratory scientist in 2009 to live in California. She entered the coffee industry as a barista in Oakland 10 years ago, and has since become a certified Q Arabica grader while working as the Director of Coffee at Red Bay Coffee. She also regularly judges regional, national and international coffee competitions. Her personal missions in coffee revolve around sustainable direct trade sourcing, empowering women’s groups, and finding new ways to disrupt and reform the coffee supply chain.

 

Fall 2020: Speaker Series (open to the public)

Beginning in September 2020, join us for the first annual speaker series on various topics in the coffee sector. The speaker series is open to the public.

September 17, 2020 @ 4pm Central Time (Virtual), Register here
Third Wave Coffee, Maya Farmers, and the Creation of Value  with coffee scholar & Vanderbilt University Faculty, Ted Fischer.
Edward (Ted) Fischer is the Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Center for Latin American Studies at Vanderbilt University. He is also the founder of Maní+, a social enterprise in Guatemala that develops and produces locally sourced foods to fight malnutrition. His research focuses on values, wellbeing, and the cultural contexts of health and economic development. He has authored or edited a number of books, including most recently The Good Life. He is currently completing a book on Coffee and Values: Third Wave Tastes, Maya Farmers, and Determinations of Worth.

 

 

October 15, 2020 @ 4pm Central Time

"On Being Black in Coffee" with activist and entrepreneur Phyllis Johnson and Alicia Adams.

Phyllis Johnson is the co-founder and president of BD Imports, an award-winning social enterprise focused on responsible sourcing of specialty coffees. Under her leadership, BD Imports serves as a trusted supplier to small discerning coffee roasters, as well as, large customers with a national and international presence. In her work at BD Imports, Phyllis demonstrates a strong commitment to social responsibility and gender equality.  In June 2020 in wake of racial unrest she penned an  open letter to the U.S. coffee industry on racism  and more recently founded the Coffee Coalition for Racial Equity.

Alicia Adams is originally from Connecticut and left a career as a clinical Alicia Adamslaboratory scientist in 2009 to live in California. She entered the coffee industry as a barista in Oakland 10 years ago, and has since become a certified Q Arabica grader while working as the Director of Coffee at Red Bay Coffee. She also regularly judges regional, national and international coffee competitions. Her personal missions in coffee revolve around sustainable direct trade sourcing, empowering women’s groups, and finding new ways to disrupt and reform the coffee supply chain.

 

 

 

 

November 5, 2020 @ 4pm Central Time: Coffee’s Cross Disciplinary Intersections with an interdisciplinary panel of VU scholars, stay tuned!

Fall 2020: Experiential  Workshops (accepted students)

Alongside the speaker series, the Coffee Equity Lab is partnering with the Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities to offer an inaugural 3-part experiential workshop series. These interactive workshops will feature coffee tasting, brewing, and sensory activities that introduce students to the vast world of coffee as a beverage. At this time, these workshops are reserved for VU students who applied and were accepted into the Scholarship of Everyday Life: Coffee cohort, a co-curricular program offered by the Robert Penn Warren Center.

  • Workshop 1: Tasting Regional Differentiations in Coffee with Ted Fischer
  • Workshop 2: Stay tuned, with Phyllis Johnson and Alicia Adams
  • Workshop 3: Home Brewing Methods & an Intro to Origin Sourcing with Crema Coffee