We're back in Kansas City for part two of our special SprudgeLive Coffee Sprudgecast series. These episodes will take you to the event floor at the 2019 US Coffee Championships in Kansas City. There we join multimedia director Elizabeth Chai, who—in addition to helming our must-follow Instagram coverage of the event—taped a series of original interviews for this week's episode of the podcast.
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As reigning US Brewers Cup Champion, Rose Woodard received a bye to compete a second time at the national level, and felt she didn’t need to compete to win twice. Instead she chose to brew quickly using Aeropress, then spend the final 3 minutes of her performance to voice her concerns about marginalized competitors: “The standards these competitors are held to are that of a white, male, heteronormative perspective — and that’s a major issue that needs to change before we can make progress in this industry.” . Photo by Elizabeth Chai @ChaiAmericano for Sprudge
In this episode, Chai talks to 2018 United States Brewers Cup Champion Rose Woodard. Woodard used the final three minutes of her routine to call for equality and fairness for all competitors. “The standards these competitors are held to are that of a white, male, heteronormative perspective,” Woodard told the judges. “That’s a major issue that needs to change before we can make progress in this industry.” Read more about this routine here.
Chai then interviews 2019 United States Brewers Cup Champion Kaley Gann (Messenger Coffee). Chai spoke with Gann on finals day—moments before learning she'd become this year's champion. Gann will compete in Boston at the World Brewers Cup Championship in a few short weeks.
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Sprudge Media Network’s coverage of the 2019 US Coffee Champs is made possible by Joe Glo and Mahlkönig. All of SprudgeLive’s 2019 competition coverage is made possible by Acaia, Baratza, Faema, Cafe Imports, and Wilbur Curtis.
Sprudge is an official media partner of US Coffee Championships.
2019 Sprudge Live coverage is produced by Zac Cadwalader. Our lead photographer is Charlie Burt. Multimedia direction by Elizabeth Chai.
See y'all in Boston!