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She's The Barista

She's The Barista

By Nicole Battefeld Montgomery
'She's the Barista' is a podcast dedicated to exploring the personalities, stories and work in the specialty coffee industry, with a particular focus on the role of women. Hosted by former German Barista and Coffee in Good Spirits Champion, Nicole Battefeld, this podcast invites coffee professionals from around the world to share their work, experiences and stories in the world of specialty coffee.
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Episode #010 Freda Yuan

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Episode #15 Vladislav Demonenko
This year has been a year of many surprises. Some good and some bad ones. Ukrainian coffee in good spirits champion Vlad talked to me about his journey in life, since the war started and in his coffee career. It’s a lot to talk about. A lot of ups and downs and I am so glad I met such a passionate and genuinely nice person. Thank you so much for all the experiences and this podcast episode!
July 20, 2022
Episode #14 Martin Hudak
My idol, my inspiration, my coffee friend, I am so so so happy to chat with Martin Hudak who I would describe as a real bridge between coffee and cocktails, a ball of energy, a gentleman with a spirit of the lost time when people wore suits and hats. He is a entertainer, a mixologist, a business entrepreneur and a inspiration. Thank you Martin for taking the time. We can all learn a lot from you.
January 11, 2022
Episode #13 Andrea Allen
Let’s travel to the US and why shouldn’t I just invite the second best barista in the world to chat with me? Andrea and I talk a lot about family and how difficult it can be. Do we have to decide for one thing only? How did Andrea manage to compete year after year and be a shop owner and a loving mother? How did she decide to go for a strong and polarising presentation at the World Barista Championship? These are just a couple of topics we talked about. Definitely worth a listen!
January 05, 2022
Episode #12 Charlotte Malaval
France vs. Germany. Just kidding. It is such an honour to have my friend Charlotte Malaval on this podcast! We talk about how she started in coffee, her accomplishments and how she moved to Australia where she works as a green bean buyer now. I have to admit that Charlotte has an incredible use of words when we talk about feminism and I love how this conversation just happened and moulded itself. Must listen!
December 28, 2021
Episode #011 Jana Maria Elicker
*german episode* In dieser Episode habe ich die deutsche Teilnehmerin der 2021 Welt Barista Meisterschaften zu Gast! Wir reden über ihre Performance, über Depressionen und wie Sie im täglichen Leben damit umgeht und über Ihren Werdegang.
December 22, 2021
Episode #010 Freda Yuan
Taste taste taste. Let’s welcome a cup tasting pro and green bean buyer, Freda Yuan. She published one of my favourite coffee book “sip’n’slurp” and we chat about her career and about how to buy green coffee and lots of other things.
December 15, 2021
Episode #009 Matt Winton
It’s time for an other world champion!!!! This year a great coffee friend of mine won the World Brewers Cup and we Are chatting about the competition, about new coffee varieties and how winning is often a team effort. We also chat about machines and how men can act in a feminist way to encourage and support women in the coffee industry.
December 08, 2021
Episode #008 - Aylin A. Oelcer
Welcome back! It’s been a long break but we will start this season of with a all German episode! In dieser Episode interviewe ich die deutsche Barista Meisterin Aylin und wir reden über Schwangerschaft, Karriere, Espresso Maschinen und vieles mehr. Ein kleines Geschenk an alle deutschen Zuhörer!
November 30, 2021
Episode #007 - Estelle Bright
In this Episode I chat with Estelle Bright about her way in coffee, the changes over the last 15 years in the UK barista scene, how to organise world competition stages and how to become a espresso machine technician.
June 16, 2020
Episode #006 - Jibbi Little
In this episode I speak to renowned latte artist and business entrepreneur, Jibbi Little. We talk not only about her success in the latte art and jug manufacturing world, but the work she had to put in to get to the top and inspire a new generation of coffee professionals. 
June 10, 2020
Episode #005 - Danny Wilson
In this episode I chat coffee, competitions and late night DJ gigs with Danny Wilson, head roaster for ONA Coffee and third place winner at the 2018 World Coffee in Good Spirits (WCiGS) Championships. A chat between friends and cocompetitors
June 02, 2020
Episode #004 - Emi Fukahori
I chatted to 2018 World Brewers Cup Champion and current Swiss Barista Champion, Emi Fukahori about her journey in coffee, experience in competitions and the people who help her behind the scenes. In particular, we focused on support networks and the special people in your life that are essential to achieving success. 
May 27, 2020
Episode #003 - 'Girls Who Grind Coffee'
In this episode I speak to Fi O'Brien and Casey LaLonde, the team behind the renowned female-run roastery and brand, 'Girls Who Grind Coffee'. We talk about their backgrounds, how they came to start this company, and the power of communicating and sticking to your goals and philosophy no matter what. 
May 20, 2020
Episode #002 - Agnieszka Rojewska
In this episode I speak to 2018 World Barista Champion and seasoned coffee competitor, Agnieszka Rojewska. We talk about her brief career in football, her transition from cafe worker and owner to competitive barista, and have a very honest conversation about how much work, time and pressures goes into the insane world of coffee competitions. 
May 13, 2020
Episode #001 - Wendelien van Bunnik
In the inaugural 'She's the Barista'  podcast, I speak to reigning World Aeropress Champion, Wendelien van Bunnik. We talk not only about balancing life, work and passion related to coffee, but also about the pressures from society that help or prevent us from seeking what we want. 
May 05, 2020
Introduction - 'She's the Barista'
Welcome to 'She's The Barista' - a podcast that explores the personalities, stories and work of the specialty coffee industry, with a particular focus on the role of women. 
April 27, 2020