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05 Jun

Anti-Racism Resources

Cartel Staff

There's a lot of work to be done, and it is our responsibility to actively seek education. The resources to learn are out there; these are a few of the references we've been following, as well as some of the reading we've started with. We aren't stopping with these resources, and you shouldn't either. Continue to seek out information and education. Most importantly of all: listen. 

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19 Mar

COVID-19 Assistance Resources

Cartel Staff

We went to bed Tuesday night ready to implement drastic changes we planned for our business. When we woke up in the morning on Wednesday, everything changed. We made the heartbreaking decision to lay off a significant portion of our staff including baristas, bakers, and roasters. These are people we see every day, who we consider friends and extended family. The hope is that we can hold out this storm and survive long enough to be able to bring them back onboard.

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13 Mar

Great Coffee Brewed Anywhere

Jeff Yang

Coffee during travels doesn't need to be a compromise. We put our most approachable coffee in an easy to carry Pour Over Kit, available on our online store. It's ground, nitrogen flushed, and ready to brew; all you need is hot water. You can use it inflight, at camp, or during other coffee-scarce emergencies.

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08 Mar

Some Thoughts on Equality

Cartel Staff

As a woman in the highest employable role at Cartel, I was late to fully understand that women in influential positions who are high earners is not an example of feminism at work; that we have to distinguish between merely “winning” a powerful role in a patriarchal society and using that role to disrupt the system. “Winning" isn't enough. In fact, if we’re inattentive, it serves to continue the pattern of holding other women back.

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25 Feb

Dinner Conversation at Doña Maria's

Jeff Yang

Arroz con pollo, fried yuca, and warm sugar cane tea—a traditional meal in Latin America and one that I would see many variations of in the coming week. Juan, Pedro, and I sat at the dimly lit table, where Doña Maria had bussed our plates moments ago. I thanked her in my embarrassing middle-school level Spanish and she nodded with a grin. Maria Rosa Oidor owns and runs her coffee farm Los Nogales with her husband Antonio Pillimué. Having just turned 60, Doña Maria is an impressive symbol of women in coffee, hiking up mountains daily to organize and direct farm operations.

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