The Womxn-POWERed Espresso Summit appears to create lasting bonds between ladies producers, roasters, and low professionals.
BY SARAH ALLEN
Images courtesy of Bean Voyage
Whereas on a visit in 2014 to co-organize a challenge for smallholder ladies in southern Costa Rica, Sunghee Tark and Abhinav Khanal have been struck by the gender-based discrimination and challenges they witnessed dealing with ladies espresso producers. As they contemplated the query of how they may assist, Abhinav and Sunghee got here up with the concept for his or her nonprofit, Bean Voyage. Formally established within the spring of 2015, Bean Voyage at present relies in San Jose, Costa Rica, the place the crew is concentrated on bettering entry to data and market connections in an effort to assist construct an equitable worth chain for smallholder ladies espresso producers.
Launching the Womxn-POWERed Espresso Summit
After years of on-the-ground work with ladies producers, Bean Voyage will host the convention Womxn-POWERed Coffee Summit (WPCS) August 11–12, bringing smallholder ladies espresso producers along with ladies roasters and professionals.
Designed to be an intimate discussion board for sharing, brainstorming greatest practices, and lending help, WPCS has very restricted house. events ought to RSVP to safe their spot by July 25. The occasion shall be held at Doka Estate in Alajuela, Costa Rica.
Matters on the Agenda
Every of the 2 full days of actions will embrace panel discussions, break-out dialogue teams, and alternatives for networking. Matters embrace:
• Panel: Provide chain from the angle of smallholder ladies to ladies espresso roasters. Panelists: Delfina Porras Solis, Vamay Coffee; Sarah Girdzius, James Coffee Co.; and Maria Paz Lobo, The Coffee Source.
• Espresso Pricing and the unstated dynamics within the provide chain. Speaker: Xinia Chaves, government director at ICAFE.
• Let’s speak about cupping: accessibility, standardization, and inclusivity. Speaker: Jen Apodaca, Mother Tongue Coffee.
Different particular occasions embrace a screening of the documentary, Más Que Un Café (translation: Stronger Than Espresso); a hands-on tasting workshop showcasing coffees from the 2021–22 harvest in Costa Rica; a particular dialogue with Itzel Mendoza of Colectivo Rokunin in Mexico in regards to the distinctive Las Flores del Cafetal Challenge; and rather more.
A Fast Q&A with Sunghee Tark, co-founder of Bean Voyage
Within the midst of placing collectively what’s to be an epic alternative for ladies in espresso, Sunghee was variety sufficient to sit down down for an interview in regards to the focus of the occasion and what she and her crew hope it would accomplish.
Barista Journal: The concept of bringing ladies producers along with U.S. roasters, cuppers, and baristas is exclusive—it’s by no means been performed to our data as a stand-alone occasion. Why is now an ideal time for such a targeted convention?
Sunghee Tark: Whereas we consider there have been just a few different initiatives to host boards in producing nations to assist foster relationship-building between producers and roasters, from what we perceive, that is the primary occasion that options ladies and gender-diverse people on the heart of the conversations. As we have now continued to work with smallholder ladies espresso producers, we have now been realizing an increasing number of annually of the necessity for a platform/house the place ladies can safely and freely come and share their insights, experiences, and experience. That is additionally one other alternative for us to transcend our “classroom setting” for the ladies producers to satisfy one another, find out about their tales, and construct stronger communities to confront the challenges, and conspire collectively to construct a price chain that’s really equitable and sustainable.
BMag: What do you hope the smallholder ladies espresso producers will study? What instruments/training will they depart with?
Sunghee: They are going to be listening to instantly from different espresso professionals about the best way to interpret cupping scores, correlations between pricing and cupping scores, what to anticipate when one sends samples to a “direct-trade consumers,” storytelling performed in several methods (music, artwork, documentary, and so forth.), evolution of roasted espresso markets in each the U.S. and Costa Rica, processing evolutions in Costa Rica in several areas in addition to getting an perception into deciphering the espresso market costs, and experiences to beat the uncertainty available in the market. Greater than something, we wish them to realize sensible instruments and tricks to higher place their espresso available in the market to fetch fairer, higher costs, and construct relationships with individuals who may be with them on the journey.
Right here is a little more from Bean Voyage: Bean Voyage companions with smallholder espresso producers who self-identify themselves as a girl. In utilizing the phrase WOMXN, we have now been impressed by the Spanish language’s use of “X” to check with any ladies and gender-diverse people. Your ideas and feedback are welcome as we make our work extra inviting and inclusive. Please electronic mail us your ideas at firstname.lastname@example.org.