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A Better Table Podcast
57 minutes | Dec 6, 2022
You might know Oregon-based coffee professional Morgan Eckroth from their wildly popular @morgandrinkscoffee TikTok and YouTube and Instagram accounts. You might know Morgan Eckroth as the Director of Content at Onyx Coffee Lab. You might even know Morgan as the 2022 US Barista Champion and the 2022 World Barista runner-up. And if you don’t know Morgan? Listen to the latest episode of A Better Table with Umeko Motoyoshi! A Better Table is sponsored by Pacific Barista Series.
49 minutes | Nov 22, 2022
Suni Reid Of Auntie’s Coffee
In this episode, Motoyoshi interviews Mx. Suni Reid, founder of Auntie’s Coffee in West Hollywood, California.
57 minutes | Oct 6, 2022
Welcome to a new episode of A Better Table, a podcast on the Sprudge Media Network where host Umeko Motoyoshitalks to guests and discusses social, economic, and environmental sustainability. "Sustainability means a lot of different things, but here are my guiding questions, the questions I want to explore," explains Motoyoshi. "What sustains communities? What sustains relationships? What sustains your heart?" In this episode, Motoyoshi interviews Marissa Childers, founder of Coffee Asians and co-founder of Tanbrown Coffee. Marissa Childers is a member of the Sprudge Twenty class of 2022—read their Sprudge Twenty interview here, and listen for a lively interview with Umeko Motoyoshi. A Better Table is sponsored by Pacific Barista Series.
76 minutes | Aug 17, 2022
In this episode, Motoyoshi interviews Ashley Rodriguez. "Ashley is a freelance writer," says Motoyoshi, "creator and host of Boss Barista podcast, my friend—which is such an honor—and an all around really powerful, but also gentle and also creative and funny figure in coffee who's so important to the community in terms of putting ideas out there for people to chew on about social sustainability and also all kinds of sustainability."
56 minutes | Jun 22, 2022
In this episode, Motoyoshi interviews 2022 United States Cup Tasters Champion Julien Langevin (he/them) from Coffee By Design in Portland, Maine. Langevin goes on to compete in the World Cup Tasters Championship this week in Milan.
68 minutes | Apr 6, 2022
Sonam Parikh Of Mina's World
Motoyoshi interviews Sonam Parikh of Mina's World in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Sonam Parikh is the co-founder of Mina's World, a Philadelphia cafe with an innovative menu, a beautiful selection of local handmade goods, and thriving community ties. Last year, Arielle Gordon wrote about Mina's World for Sprudge: Mina’s World was built on the excitement of shared dream: founders Sonam Parikh and Kate Egghart wanted to create a space where their local community of artists, musicians, youth, and queer and trans folks could safely gather and form meaningful connections. The folks at Mina’s World want to be known for creating a safe and welcoming environment where “amazing humans” can gather to consume a delicious product served by kind people. Each member of the Mina’s team has a unique and varied skillset that sets them apart. Parikh and Egghart’s passion for helping their community extends far beyond their cafe doors. They maintain consistent involvement in mutual aid efforts around their city, setting aside a percentage of profits for donations. They love to support Coalition for Black Trans Economic Liberation (CBTEL), a West Philadelphia-based mutual aid network seeking to redistribute wealth to Black LGBTQ+ people, as well as the People’s Fridge. This episode of A Better Table is sponsored by Chobani.
66 minutes | Mar 2, 2022
Umeko Motoyoshi interviews Neichelle Guidry, founder of Black Girl Black Coffee, an initiative to amplify the voices and stories of Black women through specialty coffee.
53 minutes | Jan 20, 2022
In this episode of A Better Table, host Umeko Motoyoshi interviews Glitter Cat Barista Director of Positive Outcomes Eric Grimm. "Glitter Cat is probably best known for their coffee competitions, which are accessible and free, created to spotlight marginalized, hospitality professionals, including BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, neurodivergent, disabled and persons of marginalized gender," explains Motoyoshi. In this episode, we learn more about Glitter Cat's initiatives beyond coffee competitions, and Eric Grimm talks about the Human Resources program they've helped build. This episode of A Better Table is sponsored by Acaia.
48 minutes | Nov 16, 2021
In this episode of A Better Table, host Umeko Motoyoshi interviews Jackie Nguyen, founder of Cafe Cà Phê. Cafe Cà Phê is Kansas City’s first Vietnamese coffee shop serving coffee grown in Vietnam in a variety of innovative specialty drinks. Before owning her own business, Nguyen got her start in show business. “I ended up booking the tour of How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” Nguyen tells Motoyoshi. “That was my first big professional Broadway job. After that, I saved up some money and I was like, I’m moving to New York and I’m going to try and pursue this dream of musical theater. Right up until the pandemic hit, I was an actor in New York.” Find out how Nguyen left acting in New York to living in Kansas City with a full-time job, a full-time corporate job, and a seat on the board of Parks and Recreation on the new episode of A Better Table. This season of A Better Table is sponsored by Chobani.
54 minutes | Oct 20, 2021
In this episode of A Better Table, Umeko Motoyoshi interviews Arielle Rebekah, the founder of Trans and Caffeinated. Trans and Caffeinated is a blog, an Instagram page, and a podcast dedicated to uplifting the "trans and queer community and also to educate cis folks about trans and queer issues." A Better Table is sponsored by Chobani.
52 minutes | Jul 14, 2021
Mikey Rinaldo of New Math Coffee
Umeko Motoyoshi interviews Mikey Rinaldo, the founder of New Math Coffee. New Math Coffee is a Chicago-based roaster that highlights coffee from Asian coffee producers all around the world, including diasporic Asian producers. Motoyoshi finds out about Rinaldo's start in coffee, and what lead them to open a roasting company. A Better Table is sponsored by Seattle Coffee Gear and Chobani.
50 minutes | Jun 7, 2021
Umeko Motoyoshi interviews Carmel Laurino. Laurino is the founder of Kalsada Coffee, a Manila-based company that processes, exports, and imports specialty coffee from the Philippines. Laurino talks about how the company got started and its work with Philippine specialty coffee and Kalsada's sustainability innovations. A Better Table is sponsored by Seattle Coffee Gearand Chobani.
59 minutes | May 5, 2021
Bianka Alloyn And Sabreen Naimah of Cute Coffee
Umeko Motoyoshi speaks to Bianka Alloyn And Sabreen Naimah, co-founders and owners of Cute Coffee in Oakland. Cute Coffee is a team of two and the pair do all their own marketing, packing, roasting, sourcing, and importing. They work exclusively with women coffee producers in countries all over the world. Motoyoshi interviews the founders and finds out how they got started in coffee, how Cute Coffee got off the ground, and how they've grown their small business during the pandemic.
67 minutes | Apr 8, 2021
Gary Lambert of Bright Land Coffee
In this episode of A Better Table, Umeko Motoyoshi interviews Gary Lambert, founder of Bright Land Coffee in Philadelphia. Gary has been featured in a couple of different contexts on Sprudge over the last year, including for his brand's outstanding cold brew packaging design and as part of our nationwide Black-owned coffee company feature, but there's another layer to the story that hasn't really been told yet—Lambert started the company as a dream following a cancer diagnosis. Learn about Lambert's life before coffee, the growth of Bright Land Coffee in the last two years, Bright Land's work with transparency in green sourcing, the wonders of CBD and coffee, and so much more. This episode of A Better Table is sponsored by Seattle Coffee Gear and Chobani.
71 minutes | Mar 25, 2021
Bartholomew Jones is a co-founder of Cxffeeblack based in Memphis, Tennesee. Cxffeeblack is a multimedia operation promoting the Black history—and present—of coffee. Cxffeeblack spreads this message through music, apparel, a podcast, and roasted coffee. Jones joins Motoyoshi to talk about the Cxffeeblack story and a new project: the Anti-Gentrification Coffee Club. This episode of A Better Table is sponsored by Seattle Coffee Gear and Chobani.
66 minutes | Feb 17, 2021
Madeleine Longoria Garcia
Umeko Motoyoshi interviews Madeleine Longoria Garcia, a co-owner of Pacific Coffee Research. PCR is a Specialty Coffee Association Premier Training Campus, quality analysis & cupping lab, roastery, and Hawai’i coffee education center in Kailua-Kona on the Big Island of Hawai’i. Season One of A Better Table is sponsored by Seattle Coffee Gear, Baratza, Oatly, and Urnex Brands.
62 minutes | Dec 18, 2020
Chris McAuley and Cydni Patterson
Host Umeko Motoyoshi interviews Chris McCauley and Cydni Patterson of Getchusomegear. Chris McAuley's Getchusomegear is built around the mission of “hookin’ up marginalized coffee pros and business owners with free coffee gear” but has quickly become much more. They just recently announced an incredible slate of charitable grant recipients, and are actively working to make the coffee world a better and more equitable place in real, tangible ways. Read our 2020 profile of Chris McAuley here. Cydni Patterson is a coffee professional and barista competitor based out of Durham, North Carolina, and is the host of Cascara on the Sprudge Podcast Network. In each episode of Cascara, Patterson takes listeners to a different city and talks to locals about what makes their coffee community unique to find out, as she puts it, “what's really brewing in coffee scenes around the world.” It's the perfect way to scratch your travel itch during COVID times—a trip around the world in a cup of coffee, with Cydni Patterson as your guide. Support Getchusomegear this giving season by donating directly to mutual aid organizations that support them, including FoodNotBombs919, DurhamFreeLunch, and GoFundBean. Getchu is also actively seeking coffee equipment donations, and in particular, is looking for coffee scales. This episode is sponsored by Seattle Coffee Gear, Baratza, Oatly, and Urnex Brands.
45 minutes | Nov 9, 2020
In the latest episode of A Better Table, host Umeko Motoyoshi interviews Latasha Barr Lewis and Camden Myer of Cam's Coffee. Cam's Coffee is a Black family-owned business founded by Cam, who is 12 years old. Cam has a Traumatic Brain Injury and he is focused on creating diverse, supportive employment for disabled people. His mom, Latasha is an educator and the company's COO. A Better Table is sponsored by Seattle Coffee Gear, Baratza, Oatly, and Urnex.
56 minutes | Sep 30, 2020
Umeko Motoyoshi interviews Will Frith of building.coffee about the coffee species Robusta. A Better Table is sponsored by Seattle Coffee Gear, Baratza, Oatly, and Urnex.
40 minutes | Aug 18, 2020
In the fourth episode of A Better Table, Umeko Motoyoshi interviews Laetitia Mukandahiro. Mukandahiro is a renowned coffee professional in Kigali, Rwanda. She is an accomplished cupper, a licensed Q Grader, and she has judged Cup of Excellence multiple times. She has worked in many areas throughout the coffee value stream, and now she runs her own company Ikawa House. In this episode, Mukandahiro shares the experience of women in Rwandan coffee production. Season One of A Better Table is sponsored by Baratza, Oatly, and Urnex Brands. Full transcript available here.
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