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Humans of coffee: Joanne Lee

Who is Joanne Lee?  Joanne Lee is the daughter of two Korean immigrants, Jae and Sun. Jae and Sun were both born in what is now known as “North Korea.” Both of their families fled North Korea during the war and found refuge in the villages of South Korea. Jae and Sun immigrated (separately) to the United States in their 20s and ultimately started a family in Chicago.  More specifically, though, Joanne is a product of her mother’s choice to come to the United States with almost no money, no job, no family, and no English and begin a career as a nurse in Chicago.  Joanne is also the product of her father’s choice to give up a college degree from one of the most prestigious universities in Korea to pursue the American Dream.  The choices of her parents continue to influence her own choices, every day, and those choices – whether to go to law school, to start a blog, to get a divorce, to go vegan, to take a photo, to run a …

What is Speciality Coffee?

To this question, one cannot merely state what it is, but rather comment on what their individual perspective is to this illusive question. This question was recently asked by good friend and special friend of the coffee community, Ben Carlson, during a gathering and presentation on the work he and his family are doing in Burundi to share these amazing coffees with the world. Of course, the initial discussion around this question was surrounded around the grading aspect of the delicious and wonderful cherry and bean. Beans are graded due to the uniformity of size, shape, colour, density, and defects/ taints. But I don’t believe in this being the sole definition of what ‘speciality’ is. I refer back to my 2015 World Barista Championship presentation. I pushed back on who defines what is speciality, and how it’s decided. For me, to an extent, I don’t believe that only a buyer/ ‘green bean grader’ can solely define that. I went to the WBC with a coffee from Adam Overton, of Gesha Village Coffee Estate in Ethiopia. …

Humans of coffee: Jo-Ann Strauss

Who is Jo-Ann Strauss? I am a multi-faceted woman who is still trying to figure out what she wants to be when she grows up, but has no intention of growing up too quickly. I am a mom, a wife, a media entrepreneur and enjoy the absence of routine in my life. What is your best childhood memory? My baby brother (he is four years younger) and I riding our BMX bikes around the neighbourhood streets – we grew up in Blackheath in the Western Cape. He had a blue one and mine was red. We would ride through puddles in the gravel roads of our hood and splash each other wet much to our amusement and my mom’s consternation. If you had a chance for a “do-over” in life, what would you do differently? I would probably buy a few properties that I didn’t think I could afford back then. I look at how much I’ve learnt about the property market and realise how my gut instinct was often right and my fears sometimes …

Humans of coffee: Pippa Rowney

Who is Pippa Rowney? Pippa Rowney is just a girl, standing at a coffee bar, asking for a good cuppa. I am also a part time freelancer/part time blogger/part time volunteer. I love people although I am introverted at times. Whenever I can be creative I jump on the opportunity. I have a deep faith in Christ and a holy discontent towards leadership in this world. Did I mention I love coffee! What is your best childhood memory? Best childhood memory is getting home from school, throwing my bag and shoes off and jumping on the back of my dad’s bakkie to go onto the farm with him. Yes I was a farm child #supportlocalfarmers. If you had a chance for a “do-over” in life, what would you do differently? I’m actually not sure. I often say I wish I’d studied OT, but to be honest I’ve learnt from life and all the mistakes and I believe that I am who I am because of what I’ve been through in life. What do you feel …

Humans of coffee: Anna-Belle Durrant

Who is Anna-Belle Durrant? I’m particular, critical and quite serious but on the other hand I’m a loskop, easy going and pretty darn ridiculous. I’m an amateur photographer, blogger, business owner and wife. Some people might say that’s what I do not what I am but I think what I do defines who I am and vice versa! What is your best childhood memory? I’m the youngest of three children, so, when I was little my brother and my sister took it upon themselves to terrorise me. At the time I was probably upset when they played their pranks on me, but now when I look back they are happy memories. Whenever we get together we laugh and laugh about the things they used to do and get away with. One prank lead to me being tied to a chair and being hurtled through my mom’s stained glass window… now that I think about it that one was pretty funny at the time, I’m surprised no one got hurt! If you had a chance for a …

These are the coffee blogs you should be reading this year

My Facebook newsfeed is full of everyone’s suggestions for the best books to read. It got me thinking about the best coffee blogs out there. The ones I read. This is my list, in no particular order. And by no means finite. Rosetta Roastery Once voted as one of the 25 coffee shops in the world you have to see before you die, the Rosetta Roastery is fully deserving of this honour. They also write some of the most thought provoking coffee blogs out there. I particularly enjoyed this one: Rosetta Roastery & the Coffee Nazis. These guys don’t post often, but you don’t want to miss it when they do. I Love Coffee South Africa One of the first coffee blogs I stumbled across way back in the day is ILoveCoffee.co.za. It’s a great collection of coffee shop reviews and introductions to folks in the coffee industry. Check it out here. Michael Macdonald If you want to properly nerd out about coffee, read Michael Macdonald’s blog. Michael is head roaster at Origin Coffee in …

Humans of coffee: Heather Mason

Who is Heather Mason? I’m a 40-something writer-photographer-blogger and I live in Johannesburg, South Africa, in a suburb called Melville. I moved from the United States to South Africa in 2010, which is when I started writing my blog, 2Summers. Slowly, over the last six years, blogging has evolved from a hobby into a profession. What is your best childhood memory? I was a serious athlete during my childhood and youth and played on a competitive girls’ softball team. When I was about 15 my team won the Maryland State Championship, the Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship, and went on to place 9th out of 60 teams at the U.S. National Championship. Being part of a team like that was an amazing experience and taught me a lot. It was definitely the best summer of my childhood. If you had a chance for a “do-over” in life, what would you do differently? Several years ago, I left a marriage. I knew I had to do it and I knew that ultimately my leaving would be the best …