Early last week, the Specialty Coffee Association announced Dubai as host city for four international World Coffee Events programs. The day after, it announced the suspension of planning these events. In a letter to its members, the SCA stated the “UAE’s human rights issues were not taken into consideration in the selection process. This is a serious problem that shows that our selection process was not broad or inclusive enough and we at the SCA intend to correct it.”
The SCA has followed up this announcement with the appointment of a panel to review the selection of Dubai.
Here is the announcement in full, sent to all members yesterday afternoon:
Sprudge reached out to SCA Board Member and panelist Chad Trewick, who tells us they are working on “an appropriate definitive outcome” and that a “review process is quickly forming. This effort will be as broad and as inclusive as we can make it; we have already begun reaching out to various stakeholders to hear critical perspectives.”
Board Member and panel participant Colleen Anunu says that “the obvious immediate goal of the RP is to review the decision, which includes taking various stakeholder perspectives into account. ‘Who' those stakeholders are and ‘what' are the queries are crucial to the final analysis and recommendation.”
In response to the SCA's announcement of Dubai as host city, feminist podcast Boss Barista put out a Change.org petition calling to “change the location of the '18 Ibrik, Brewers, Cup Tasters, and Roasting Championships”. It has received nearly 500 signatures.
Boss Barista co-founder Jasper Wilde wrote a public statement posted this evening on Facebook:
“It is so critical to elevate and amplify the perspectives, experiences, and identities of marginalized people in the LGBTQ+ community,” says Anunu. “Concepts like ‘passing' and ‘privilege' are not widely understood but hold an immense meaning for non-normative people. A less obvious goal is to develop an inclusive, understanding culture among decision-makers elected to represent ALL of our members. It needs to be embedded in our DNA and demonstrated through our policies. I'm committed to working within this process for that outcome.”
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