Voting is now open for the Ninth Annual Sprudgie Awards, a very special awards honorific procedure meant to provide distinction, recognition, cachet and kudos to coffee professionals across a dozen categories. Voting ends December 31st, 2017 at 11:59 PM. In the run-up to the awards we'll be highlighting nominees from select categories, kicking things off yesterday with a feature on Best New Cafe. Today's feature highlights our noms for the Best Coffee Instagram or Twitter account.
What's in a Tweet? And if a ‘Gram is geotagged in a forest, will there be anyone around to fave? This year's nominees for Best Coffee Instagram or Twitter made us 😂 and 🤔 in equal measure, delighting and astounding us with their dazzling array of artful photography, memetic chicanery, and evocative use of hashtags. In this, our first year of awarding a Sprudgie for Best Coffee Instagram or Twitter, we celebrate those who make social media at least marginally less awful on a daily basis. [Please note there is no award for Best Coffee Facebook, because nothing good happens there.]
Let’s meet this year’s nominees!
My Tinder profile already says "your barista's favorite Twitter account"
— Michelle Johnson (@meeshal) December 12, 2017
Don’t worry, I got what I wanted pic.twitter.com/0GKCgG9ZTB
— Michelle Johnson (@meeshal) November 18, 2017
"Michelle, what the hell do you do?" "Well…." Answering that question is always weird and funny because it's many things. Yesterday, it was a photo shoot coordinator, stylist, and second photographer. Today, I'm a barista. Tomorrow, I'm probs gonna be asleep. The best answer is that I do shit I believe in, and it's the best job I've ever had. 📸 @cwgalli
Hi @specialtycoffeeassociation board, Of all the decisions to make regarding Dubai, your announcement yesterday was probably the worst. You might as well have said, “Oh, we sort of hear you about issues, but we’ve put so much money into the venue, our values of membership inclusivity and safety don’t really matter, and also you should out yourselves to us if you’re a competitor.” . Based on what was written in the announcement, it is obvious to me that you did not do what you said you did (listen to the membership). We weren’t asking for competitors to be considered, we were asking for anyone who would potentially attend the event. . I don’t know who was at the vote. The board is 20 people. Of that, 5 are women. This unequal board is so out of touch with the membership that I can not believe it’s capable of listening to members or making decisions in line with the organizations’ values. . I am still mulling over which would be a better form of protest for me- 1) Working from the “inside” and enacting change within a structure. i.e. slowly flipping the board. Or 2) Throwing hands up in the air and focusing efforts on fostering the local coffee community.
Earlier this year, after @thecoffeewoman panel at Expo, someone emailed me about the hiring bias tools I had mentioned. I googled & compiled some links for them (on my fb page /jennchen3). They emailed me back with the below. . "To give you some feedback, I recently concluded a job search for an new field service technician. Traditionally, the applicants we get for this position have been 95% male. To help remedy this, I used the tools you forwarded me, and integrated some of the commentary from the panel at Coffee Expo. This time around, the posting yielded a 60/40 male/female split. While not perfect, it is a vast improvement." . This post is not meant for you to request additional emotional labor from me or anyone else on panel. It’s meant to show how a few tools can change a business.
My phone auto-corrects the capitalization of Coffee but not god, so now you know where I stand on religion.
— Jenn Chen (@thejennchen) November 27, 2017
STARBUCKS, RETWEET ME.
— COLDBREW420 (@coldbrew420) December 8, 2017
i get hit with waves of loneliness. i think im on my fourth wave rn
— COLDBREW420 (@coldbrew420) June 23, 2017
i lost a barista competition for over-extraction and have been bitter about it ever since.
— COLDBREW420 (@coldbrew420) January 8, 2016