Gender At The Cupping Table: An Exploration: Part One

This is the first installment in a three-part series. The following installments will be released over the next few weeks.

Jeremiah Borrego has noticed something odd. As an experienced roaster and founder of Olas Coffee in Brooklyn, NY, Jeremiah regularly cups coffee for work. And an energy, something just beyond vocabulary, keeps announcing itself when a woman approaches the cupping table.

“There’s a certain kind of attention paid to someone who’s not perceived as male,” says Jeremiah. “It’s hard to describe because sometimes it’s not overt, not something I can put my finger on or call out. They might not realize that they’re doing it, but they’re definitely doing it. And sometimes it seems like the women are uncomfortable.”

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