Updated on 7/9/20
Please read our full statement here.
Going forward, we will use this space to provide updates about our commitments and follow-up. We understand that our words are only as valuable as our actions. Therefore, we intend to make substantive changes in our behavior, our practices, and how we support our broader community to contribute to meaningful solutions to systemic racial inequality. We commit:
- To examine our own implicit biases and how they impact our practices and processes.
- To contribute our time and money to organizations working to correct injustice, end violence, and provide opportunities for Black people and people of color.
- To be accountable to ourselves and our coffee community to share our progress.
To start, we've reflected internally on our actions and considered our sphere of influence. Thus far, each small team at Atlas met to discuss our thoughts and hopes about racial equity at our company and in the specialty coffee industry. Next, we've formed a working group to make progress on the following actions:
- Internal education such as implicit bias training
- External education for coffee professionals, including the role of colonialism on supply chains
- Increasing representation and amplifying voices of BIPOC coffee professionals by providing development opportunities and partnering with organizations already working to promote racial equity in specialty coffee.
Here are some of the things that we are reading, watching, and listening to now to learn from and support Black voices in specialty coffee:
- Michelle Johnson's "Building Diverse and Inclusive Communities" at Re:co in Seattle, 2018, and as always, following The Chocolate Barista, where she focuses on "the promotion of racial diversity and inclusivity in the specialty coffee industry one black cup at a time."
- Black coffee podcasts on Spotify compiled by Kendra Sledzinski
- "Strong Black Coffee" by Phyllis Johnson
- Royal Coffee's "Race and Specialty Coffee" webinar on 6/18, led by Candice Madison and Phyllis Johnson
- These inspiring 2020 US Coffee Championships performances by Independent USBrC competitor Kristina Jackson (video from Nashville Qualifiers) and USBC competitors Adam JacksonBey for Tell Coffee, Michelle Johnson for Red Bay Coffee, and USBC Finalist Anthony Ragler of Black & White Coffee Roasters!
- Episode 4 of the SCA's Rountable Series: Black CEOs in specialty coffee had a coffee-focused conversation around the Black Lives Matter movement, their experiences as Black professionals in the coffee sector, and what work is required to dismantle systemic racism in the coffee space and the wider culture.
Here are some ways that you can support Black voices in specialty coffee:
- Gather your coffee equipment for Getchu Some Gear: Donating Coffee Gear to Marginalized Baristas
- Explore Sprudge's Support These Black-Owned Coffee Businesses, "an updating list of Black-owned coffee businesses you can support now" and Support These Black-Owned Coffee Fundraisers.
Please share your feedback and recommendations to firstname.lastname@example.org.