With this delicious Brazilian we want to celebrate Phyllis Johnson, the Founder of BD Imports and the Coffee Coalition for Racial Equity. In the summer of 2020 she authored An Open Letter to U.S. Coffee Industry on Racism which was a call to action during ongoing tragedy and racial unrest. She asked for your consideration of the underrepresentation and state of Black individuals in the U.S. coffee industry, as well as an examination of their current day and historical contributions.
With this coffee we hope to celebrate the triumph of Black Brazilians in coffee. Johnson, An African American feels that her family’s connections to agricultural production and enslavement are what allowed her the chance to not only question but act on the lack of engagement of Black Brazilians in coffee. Johnson’s scholarship, company and this coffee highlight families who are finding new pathways and breaking into the Brazilian global specialty coffee market.
We hope that this coffee reminds you that you can be the change you want to see in the world.