We hope you’re enjoying our newest coffee podcast In Good Taste with host Ever Meister. If you haven’t already—please listen to the first two episodes out now. But even if you’re not all caught up, you can still jump right in to episode three—which takes on the subject of appropriation in the coffee industry.
In this episode, we explore the far-reaching effects of appropriation in the coffee industry—and beyond. What does it mean to “borrow” images, language, icons, and other cultural elements in order to create and promote our coffee brands? And, perhaps more importantly, how do we make things right when we realize we’ve done wrong?
This episode focuses on the transition of Wonderstate Coffee—from its former name and brand of Kickapoo Coffee, which was changed after company leadership came to terms with the history of appropriation that its former moniker represented.
Ever Meister speaks to Lester Randall, tribal chairman of the Kickapoo Tribe In Kansas, and Wonderstate co-owner TJ Semanchinas as they discuss the intent and the impact of the company’s original name and share their healing journey.
Disclaimer: After this episode was originally broadcast, it was brought to Ever Meister’s attention that the story she had crafted around this topic side-stepped the necessary conflicts, complications, and confrontations that went on behinds the scenes during Wonderstate’s name-change process. Meister wants to apologize to listeners for not forcing a more critical look at those aspects of the transition and wants to make clear that while the conversation included in the episode remains powerful, there is always more to be told than can be contained in just one conversation.
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In Good Taste is part of our new, regularly updating network of coffee podcast content. And we’re just getting started—Sprudge Podcast Network offers a range of shows with insightful, delightful hosts from around the world. Listen to Cascara, a coffee travel podcast hosted by Cydni Patterson, No Free Refills, a pop culture podcast hosted by Ezra Baker and Tymika Lawrence, A Better Table hosted by Sprudgie Award-winning journalist and community organizer Umeko Motoyoshi, Seed To Cup, and The Coffee Sprudgecast.
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