June is Pride Month, and for a rad coffee expression of all that's good about Pride (and not just another free shipping code), look no further than Boston. That's where QC: Queer Coffee Events has teamed up with the Boston Intersectional Coffee Collective (BICC) for QC: Boston, “a panel discussion on being queer + coffee + Boston.”
Taking place Sunday, June 24th at Counter Culture’s Somerville Training Center, QC: Boston is the work of BICC founder Kristina Jackson and 2018 US Brewers Cup champion Becca Woodard. The evening is billed as “[discussion] and [celebration of] the queer coffee experience in the greater Boston area,” and for Jackson, it’s a chance to bring an event back home. “After I spoke at Queer Coffee in New York, I got some feedback and messages saying that a bunch of younger coffee workers were excited to come to something that was more for them. I wanted to bring something like that to Boston,” Jackson tells Sprudge via email. “I want it to be a celebration. But I also want it to be a reminder that there is a vibrant and diverse queer presence in this city.”
For Woodard, whose Brewers Cup win came during the most controversial times in the competition’s history (you can read all about it here), QC: Boston is a chance to celebrate the community. “We have a beautiful bunch of people coming together to make this event happen,” Woodard tells Sprudge, “to speak about being LGBTQIA in the coffee industry here in Boston, and to celebrate! There are so many different faces that make up the Boston coffee community and I'm so glad I get to celebrate with all of them.”
QC: Boston gets started at 2:30pm with some snacks, beverages, hangs, and music from DJ MATH3CA before moving into the featured event, a discussion hosted by Jackson with a panel of local coffee professionals including: Mea Johnson, Montana Gulbrand, Ciara Ventura, and Amanda Swaney. After the talk, there will be more mingling, snacks, and drinks.
QC: Boston is free to attend, but the organizers ask that those looking to join in on the celebration RSVP via Eventbrite, which can be done here. For more information, visit the QC: Boston Facebook event page. And get ready to celebrate. No promo codes needed.
*top image via QC: Boston