“The Coffee Professional” panel (left) and Julie Housh (SCAA Executive Assistant) participate in The Coffeewoman in Kansas City. (Photos by Elizabeth Chai for Sprudge)

On Tuesday, February 2nd the city of Kansas City, Missouri played host to The Coffeewoman, an event aimed at empowering and inspiring women in the American professional coffee community. Directly inspired by events like Barista Connect in Europe, The Coffeewoman founder Laila Willbur gathered together an extraordinary list of guests for the event, organized in two distinct panels focused on professionalism and competition. Opening remarks were presented by Hailee Bland Walsh, the owner of City Gym in Kansas City and an advocate for gender equality.

The event took place at The Drugstore, a collaborative art environment operated by Oddly Correct owner Gregory Kolsto, who helped facilitate the talks provided crucial technical support for our video coverage of the event. Below we invite you to watch both panels from the night’s roster, and welcome you to contribute to the discussion in each video’s comments section.


The Coffee Professional

The Coffee Professional panel, with moderator Sarah Allen (Barista Magazine), and panelists Sarah Kluth (Revelator Coffee), Teresa von Fuchs (Irving Farm Coffee), Mansi Chokshi (SCAA), and Jess Steffy (Square One Coffee).

The Coffee Competitor

The Coffee Competitor, with moderator Laila Willbur (Cherry Street Coffee House) and panelists Andrea Allen (Onyx Coffee Lab), Holly Bastin (Roast Ratings and Licata Coffee Consultants), Jennifer Bonchak (Slingshot Coffee Company), and Mallory Leight (USBC Head Judge).


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