Barista Magazine’s Pride Month Archives

A closeup of a rainbow flag.

We take a look at highlights from the past few years of LGBTQ+ content.


Cover photo by Cecilie Johnson for Unsplash

As another COVID-influenced Pride month rolls around, we’re bummed to watch another month of festivals, events, and opportunities to come together IRL put on pause once again—but that doesn’t mean we stop celebrating.

The coffee community is always ready to add a little something to brighten the month of June with rainbows, whether it’s through limited-edition coffee bags or decorating an entire café with Pride flags. This year, we take a moment to honor the countless folks within the LGBTQ+ community who contribute to our coffee industry, as well as reminisce on Pride events that happened pre-pandemic. To our LGBTQ+ readers and fellow allies, we thank you for your continued efforts to serve amazing coffee during a difficult time, and wish for this month and every month to be a Prideful celebration!

A rainbow rosetta in a latte cup.
The coffee community celebrates Pride year-round. Photo by Fallon Michael for Unsplash.

10 Minutes With

As mentioned, we’ve had the honor of interviewing so many individuals who have demonstrated fierce dedication to the coffee community and a passion for the people behind it. Check out some of our interviews with them:

10 Minutes With Joey Gleason
10 Minutes With Michelle ‘MiMo’ Tran
10 Minutes With Glitter Bean Coffee
10 Minutes With Arielle Rebekah Gordon
10 Minutes With Demelza Jones
10 Minutes With Cassie Ash and Angela Ferrara
Getting to Know Queer Wave Coffee

Advice and Support for LGBTQ+ Identifying Baristas

There are many nuances to life behind the bar as a marginalized member of the coffee industry. We’ve sought advice from other groups and folks within the community to offer support and insight to navigating every situation with confidence and grace.

Advice for Marginalized Folks Working Behind the Bar on Election Day
The Value of Café Culture for Non-Binary Baristas
Advice to and from Non-Binary Coffee People
A Queer Coffee Resource Guide
How Cafés Can Support Non-Binary Employees and Patrons
James McCarthy on Making Specialty Coffee Safer for Trans and Non-Binary Folks
Five Queer Coffee Hashtags to Follow

Groups Doing Awesome Things for the LGBTQ+ Coffee Community

Furthering the support of the community, lots of folks both within the barista world and our patrons are ready to take up space to make room for everyone and celebrate Pride month. Here are some past happenings that have shown that.

Bethel, Connecticut Decorates the Town in Flags to Support Molten Java
How Coffee Companies Celebrated Pride Month in 2020
LGBT Baristas Create an Inclusive Community in the United Kingdom
Madrona Hill Café Creates Special Drink to Honor Pride Month
Daves Coffee Launches Pride Blend
Uncommon Coffee Roasters Celebrates Pride Year-Round
Lussi Brown Coffee Bar Gives Free Drinks on Pride Day in Kentucky

Pride Events

Events have been scaled back in attendance numbers, and some are even holding parades with fully masked participants, but here are some of the past events that the coffee community has put together that honor the LGBTQ+ community year-round.

Modern Times Celebrates Pride with a Float and After-Party
Fair Fellow Throws Down for Marginalized Baristas
Portland Baristas Gather for Espresso Yourself Pride Party
Queer Coffee Event Series Heads to Boston
#coffeetoo Discusses Discrimination and Harassment in the Coffee Industry

Check out our current issue for more Pride-centric content, and feel free to send us a tip via on any Pride content you’d like to see featured in the next few weeks and beyond!

About Katrina Yentch 221 Articles
Katrina Yentch (she/her) is a freelance writer and Barista Magazine's Online Editor. When she's not writing, you can find her napping, cooking, and drinking whatever's on drip.