A Better Table Podcast From The Sprudge Podcast Network

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A Better Table is hosted by Sprudgie Award-winning journalist and community organizer Umeko Motoyoshi. This show is a journalistic deep dive into the topics that matter in today’s coffee world, from disability access to coffee producer rights at origin to labor organizing in the modern coffee workforce, and much, much more. Motoyoshi’s fearless journalism isn’t afraid to ask big questions: who is coffee for, what ways can we challenge existing systems, and how do we come together to create a better table for all.

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Episode One: Alice Wong

In the first episode of A Better Table, Umeko Motoyoshi interviews disability rights activist and author Alice Wong (Disability Visibility). Alice Wong is an award-winning disability awareness activist, consultant, and media producer based in San Francisco, and was appointed to the National Council on Disability by President Obama. In 2015, Wong made history as the first person to visit The White House via a telepresence robot. The Disability Visibility Project has collected over one hundred and forty oral histories in collaboration with the nonprofit organization StoryCorps.

While this interview was recorded before the COVID-19 crisis disrupted cafes across the country, the topic of accessibility remains as relevant as ever; cafes are slowly starting to reopen under new restrictions, and it’s important to consider the access barriers of new protocols. Our pursuit of a “new normal” for cafe operations in the coming months and years must hold space for every person, a notion for which Alice Wong is a powerful advocate.

Full transcript available here.

 

This episode of A Better Table is sponsored by Baratza, Oatly, and Urnex Brands.

Episode Two: Kim Elena

On the episode, Ionescu and Motoyoshi dive deep into an issue impacting coffee farmers all over the world: labor shortages. This is a complex, multi-faceted topic and it makes for an absolutely compelling listen. Even if you’ve never encountered these issues before, settle in with the show and you will come away asking questions and pondering the bigger picture.

 

 

Full transcript available here.

This episode of A Better Table is sponsored by Baratza, Oatly, and Urnex Brands.

Episode Three: Adam JacksonBey

In the third episode of A Better Table, Umeko Motoyoshi interviews Adam JacksonBey. JacksonBey is the founder of GoFundBean, a nonprofit organization that supports, uplifts, and protects the hourly coffee professional. Motoyoshi and JacksonBey discuss workplace and career sustainability for baristas and the important work GoFundBean is doing to make that possible.

 
 

Full transcript available here.

This episode of A Better Table is sponsored by Baratza, Oatly, and Urnex Brands.