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Aug 17, 2022

In this episode, Motoyoshi interviews Ashley Rodriguez. "Ashley is a freelance writer," says Motoyoshi, "creator and host of Boss Barista podcast, my friend—which is such an honor—and an all around really powerful, but also gentle and also creative and funny figure in coffee who's so important to the community in...


Jun 22, 2022

In this episode, Motoyoshi interviews 2022 United States Cup Tasters Champion Julien Langevin (he/them) from Coffee By Design in Portland, Maine. Langevin goes on to compete in the World Cup Tasters Championship this week in...


Apr 6, 2022

Motoyoshi interviews Sonam Parikh of Mina's World in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Sonam Parikh is the co-founder of Mina's World, a Philadelphia cafe with an innovative menu, a beautiful selection of local handmade goods, and thriving community ties.

Last year, Arielle Gordon wrote about Mina's World for Sprudge:


Oct 20, 2021

In this episode of A Better Table, Umeko Motoyoshi interviews Arielle Rebekah, the founder of Trans and Caffeinated. Trans and Caffeinated is a blog, an Instagram page, and a podcast dedicated to uplifting the "trans and queer community and also to educate cis folks about trans and queer issues." A Better Table is...


Jul 14, 2021

Umeko Motoyoshi interviews Mikey Rinaldo, the founder of New Math Coffee. New Math Coffee is a Chicago-based roaster that highlights coffee from Asian coffee producers all around the world, including diasporic Asian producers. Motoyoshi finds out about Rinaldo's start in coffee, and what lead them to open a roasting...