coffee world faces its own reckoning

Angela Weiss/AFP

As the US, and now the world, is forced to face up to the injustices and structural racism which confront black people on a daily basis, it’s no surprise that the coffee industry is dealing with shocks of its own. The past week in particular has caught up key players in the specialty coffee world, as well as the gargantuan icon of the global coffee industry. Let’s weed through a few examples.

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midwest college & coffee tour (part 1)

clockwise, from top left: downtown Pittsburgh; Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis; Miller Park, Milwaukee; central branch of the Chicago River, Chicago

My wife and I took our son on a college tour during his spring break last week. In a sign of increased personal maturity and growth, before we left I acknowledged to them that my coffee obsessions may have at times imposed upon them when we travel (cough cough). So I made an offer, which was accepted: in each city I would pick only one coffee shop to visit and make a thorough inspection as fodder for a blog post, and I would make sure it was not out of the way.

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