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Great Coffee in Common: Celine Lofamia

International Women’s Day celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women around the world. With this in mind we are embarking on a new project to shine a light on the role that women play on creating your daily cup. With it we hope to challenge any perception that the coffee industry is male dominated and shift the conversation to the value of a role rather than that of gender. Through our ‘Great Coffee in Common’ series we have brought together women from different parts of the supply chain to hear their voices and opinions on this important subject and hear their personal experiences of working in the coffee industry. How did you get started in the coffee business? Way back in college I was already interested in coffee and started joining barista competitions. I competed in the Philippine Barista Cup in 2008  and came out as a champion (!) and then the Philippine Grand Barista Cup where I was a finalist. After college, my friend Lanz Mirondo ask me to join in 40 Hands and work as a barista and the rest, as they say, is history! How do you see the role of women in the coffee and do you think it has changed at all over the years you've been in the industry? Traditionally I think the norm has been for women to work in the fields growing the coffee rather than working at the front end of the supply chain, but yes this has begun to change. Whilst before men might get access to training over women this isn't the case as much now. However, I read somewhere that it's not about favouring women over men so much as letting both men and women have access to the same level of information and resources. This should be a global movement of change to balance the inequalities between genders and will lead to a much more sustainable industry. Finally, how do you take your coffee? I'm a magic kinda gal, it's the first thing I do when I get to the cafe in the mornings - pour myself a coffee!