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World in Your Cup
From left to right: Christopher Bosso, professor of Public Policy, Northeastern University; Barth Anderson, co-founder, Barrington Coffee Roasting Company; Erika Koss, assistant dean, Northeastern University and creator of "World in Your Cup" series; Gerra Harrigan, trader, InterAmerican Coffee, Inc.; and Richard Wamai, assistant professor, African American Studies, Northeastern University.
Erika Koss, assistant dean in the College of Social Sciences and Humanities at Northeastern University in Boston, Mass., spent much of the fall curating a series of conversations under the title, “The World in Your Cup.” The Northeastern University Consortium of Consortium of Food Sustainability, Health, & Equity; the School of Public Policy & Urban Affairs; and the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion co-sponsor these conversations which resume in February.
Already, Koss has facilitated discussions about the controversies and successes of the “third wave” of coffee tapping insiders in specialty coffee including, George Howell, founder of George Howell Coffee Company; Barth Anderson, co-founder and roaster, Barrington Coffee Roasting; Phyllis Johnson, president, BD Imports; Gerra Harrigan, trader, InterAmerican Coffee, Inc.; and Claudia Barrett, founder and Q grader, Flight Coffee Company. These speakers have donated the coffee served at the event as part of educating those in attendance about origin and the social and economic challenges coffee producers and laborers face.