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.

"Coffee Women of the Pacific Northwest" by Sarah Allen. April/May 2012. Barista Magazine.

"The Social Life of Coffee -- The Emergence of the British Coffeehouse" by Brian William Cowan. 2005. Yale University Press.

"Coffee, It's a Man's Drink -- Esquire's Vintage Rules for Brewing the Perfect Cup" by Maria Popova. May 30, 2013. BrainPickings.

"Coffee and Gender" by James Hoffmann. May 01, 2012. Jim Seven.

"Seriousness -- Gender & Specialty Coffee." Nov. 21, 2013. Dear Coffee, I Love You.

"Ristretto -- Confessions of a 'Girl Barista" by Ruby Grant. July 17, 2013. Lip.

"Sharing the value -- working towards gender equality in coffee farming." Oct. 10, 2013. Fairtrade Foundation.

"Coffee growing under gender equity" by Otushabire Tibyangye. March 27, 2013. Daily Monitor.

"Empowering women in coffee production" by Senga Gall. The Guardian.

"Fear and loathing in women's advertising" by Kaitlin Burroughs. July 26, 2013. Gender, Food & Culture in American History.

Academic insights:

"Espresso -- A Shot of Masculinity" by Julie Kjendal Reitz. Spring 2007. Food, Culture and Society.

"Large Americano, Extra Masculine -- How People Do Gender at The Coffee House" by Aubrey Limburg. 2013. Journal for Undergraduate Ethnography.

"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.

Topics in this Podcast: coffee, farming, best of 2014 men