Welcome to Podcast Week on Sprudge! The Sprudge Podcast Network is the coffee world's largest, first, and frankly best audio hub dedicated to original podcast content. Throughout this week you are invited to explore the wide world of podcasts on Sprudge, available now streaming wherever podcasts are found, including Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Stitchr, Podbay and more.
Podcast Week continues here on Sprudge, with each day highlighting a different podcast series on the Sprudge Podcast Network. Today we're taking a look at Seed To Cup, a show inspired by interview podcasts, late-night TV, and radio, and co-hosted by a rotating cast of interviewers. Seed To Cup is our chance to learn the origin stories of the companies, founders, and major coffee culture movers that help shape the industry. Each show features a deep dive interview with a different fascinating figure from the world of coffee and lets us learn their life story, early experiences with coffee, and big business decisions along the way that have helped them achieve success in the world of coffee. Aided by an in-depth interview research process, this show is a canvass for original storytelling.
Guests so far on Seed To Cup have included Erica Escalante of Cafe Reina, Helen Russell and Brooke McDonnell of Equator Coffees, Abigail Forsyth of KeepCup, Jeanine Niyonzima-Aroian of JNP Coffee, Anita Tam of Slow Pour Supply, and Margaret Nyamumbo of Kahawa 1893.
Literally every episode of this show has been a highlight so far, but we put together a few of our favorite moments below. Listen in to learn more about the extraordinary entrepreneurs driving the specialty coffee industry from the grassroots to the very top.
On the sixth episode of Seed To Cup, Sprudge Editor-At-Large and The Chocolate Barista Founder Michelle Johnson interviews Kahawa 1893 Coffee founder Margaret Nyamumbo. Nyamumbo is a third-generation Kenyan coffee farmer and uses blockchain for people to not only trace their coffees back to the farmers but tip them too. Johnson asks Nyamumbo about her ideas on innovation, the future of the industry, and making sure more money gets into the hands of farmers directly.
The fifth episode of Seed To Cup features guest host Nathanael May. May is a longtime specialty coffee competition judge and Customer Marketing Manager for Specialty Coffee at Pacific Foods. In this episode, May interviews Slow Pour Supply founder Anita Tam. Tam launched Slow Pour Supply in 2018.
In this episode, Sprudge co-founder Jordan Michelman interviews Abigail Forsyth, the co-founder, and CEO of KeepCup, based in Melbourne, Australia. Founded in 2007 by Forsyth and her brother, Jamie, KeepCup was designed to address an intrinsic issue in the specialty coffee industry: reliance on disposable cups. “Today, KeepCups are used in more than 65 countries around the world. KeepCup users divert millions of disposable cups from landfills every day, and through their actions inspire others to do the same,” says the company. Abigail Forsyth continues to direct the brand from its new headquarters in Clifton Hill.
2020 has offered an unprecedented set of challenges to the reusable movement, as cafes around the world convert to takeaway-only and struggle to keep up with an ever-changing set of information about the transmission of COVID-19. This moment feels especially desperate from where we're sitting right now—Sprudge is published out of Portland, Oregon, currently engulfed in smoke from the largest wildfire event in modern history. But it's also an opportunity, a defining moment for the human race to address the reality of environmental destruction. “COVID-19 is a frightening glimpse of what is to come,” Forsyth told Smart Company earlier this year. “Zoonotic diseases, which spread from animals to humans, climate change, loss of biodiversity, plastic oceans—they are all facets of how we co-exist with the natural system. This is a wake-up call to bring our economic and social systems back into line with earth's finite resources.” All this and more is addressed in our interview with Abigal Forsyth.
On the second episode of Seed To Cup, James Beard Award winning journalist and Sprudge co-founder Jordan Michelman interviews Helen Russell and Brooke McDonnell, the co-founders and entrepreneurs behind Equator Coffees in San Rafael, California. Their story is fascinating and inspiring, but it is also, happily, a love story about two partners in life and business, and the life they've built together in coffee across the decades.