Bro-rista Coffee Culture


Since it first began its westward expansion in the 16th century, coffee has been a distinctively male drink. Even today, while plenty of women work behind the coffee counter, many wonder whether a bro-rista culture continues to dominate the rapidly expanding specialty coffee industry.

Episode sources:

"The Slow-roasted Sexism of Specialty Coffee" by Lisa Knisely. November 2013. Bitch. http://bitchmagazine.org/article/steamed-up

"Coffee Women of the Pacific Northwest" by Sarah Allen. April/May 2012. Barista Magazine. http://baristamagazine.epubxp.com/issue/60686

"The Social Life of Coffee -- The Emergence of the British Coffeehouse" by Brian William Cowan. 2005. Yale University Press. http://books.google.com/books?id=ifel6LseJjgC&source=gbs_navlinks_s

"Coffee, It's a Man's Drink -- Esquire's Vintage Rules for Brewing the Perfect Cup" by Maria Popova. May 30, 2013. BrainPickings. http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2013/05/30/esquire-handbook-1949-coffee/

"Coffee and Gender" by James Hoffmann. May 01, 2012. Jim Seven. http://www.jimseven.com/2012/05/01/coffee-and-gender/

"Seriousness -- Gender & Specialty Coffee." Nov. 21, 2013. Dear Coffee, I Love You. http://www.dearcoffeeiloveyou.com/gender-and-specialty-coffee/

"Ristretto -- Confessions of a 'Girl Barista" by Ruby Grant. July 17, 2013. Lip. http://lipmag.com/opinion/ristretto-confessions-of-a-girl-barista/

"Sharing the value -- working towards gender equality in coffee farming." Oct. 10, 2013. Fairtrade Foundation. http://fairtradeblog.tumblr.com/post/63643704815/sharing-the-value-working-towards-gender-equality-in

"Coffee growing under gender equity" by Otushabire Tibyangye. March 27, 2013. Daily Monitor. http://www.monitor.co.ug/Magazines/Farming/Coffee-growing-under-gender-equity/-/689860/1731798/-/xvtqf1z/-/index.html

"Empowering women in coffee production" by Senga Gall. The Guardian. http://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/fairtrade-partner-zone/empowering-women-coffee-production

"Fear and loathing in women's advertising" by Kaitlin Burroughs. July 26, 2013. Gender, Food & Culture in American History. http://www.genderfoodculture.com/2013/07/26/fear-and-loathing-in-womens-advertising-4/

Academic insights:

"Espresso -- A Shot of Masculinity" by Julie Kjendal Reitz. Spring 2007. Food, Culture and Society. http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/bloomsbury/fcs/2007/00000010/00000001/art00002?token=004b13449467e2a46762c6b795d763f2544454976452d673f7b2f267738703375686f4954e3

"Large Americano, Extra Masculine -- How People Do Gender at The Coffee House" by Aubrey Limburg. 2013. Journal for Undergraduate Ethnography. http://undergraduateethnography.org/sites/default/files/papers/Limburg-JUE132.pdf

"Gender, Labor, and Fair Trade Coffee -- Fair Trade and Family Farmers in Minas Gerais, Brazil" by Rebecca Meuninck. June 11, 2009. Paper for the 2009 Latin American Studies Association Annual Congress. https://www.academia.edu/4257423/Gender_Labor_and_Fair_Trade_Coffee_Fair_Trade_and_Family_Farmers_in_Minas_Gerais_Brazil

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