At the cupping table, competitiveness is a recurring theme - and it can cause discomfort for people of all genders. Sho Young, a coffee educator at Ritual Coffee in SF, CA, shares that he’s experienced anxiety at cuppings.
“Being gay, but not immediately being viewed as such by strangers, I’ve found that many men view me as competition,” says Sho. “There is a thinly veiled hostility that comes with that. I could be minding my own business or make an innocuous statement about liking a certain coffee, and it would be immediately countered with an interrogation of my perception, and subsequently a dismantling of everything I thought I knew.Read More