Counter Culture’s Somerville training center will host its second annual Queer Coffee panel on Sunday.
“We’re excited to celebrate Pride Month!” Ellen Blanchette, Counter Culture’s regional manager for
the Boston area, explained. “ It’s important to Boston because it gives this group a safe place for their
voices and needs to be heard.”
The panel includes Mea Johnson, organizer for Restaurant Opportunities Center; Montana Gulbrand,
supervisor at Pavement Coffee House and local artist; Ciara Ventura, barista at Crema Cafe; and
Amanda Swaney, manager at Crema Cafe.
The panelists will discuss their personal experiences and answer questions from the crowd.
“We wanted to do this again because it’s important to recognize the challenges that queer folks face
in Boston,” Blanchette said. “It may be different than the challenges queer folks face in other cities.
We want it to be specific to our local community.”
In addition to the panel discussion, the event will include music from a local DJ and light beverages.
Question about the event can be directed to Blanchette at firstname.lastname@example.org .
About Counter Culture Coffee
Founded in 1995, Counter Culture Coffee is dedicated to pushing potential. The company pursues
coffee perfection by creating partnerships dedicated to environmental, social, and fiscal
sustainability. Headquartered in Durham, NC, Counter Culture has 12 training centers across the
country including locations in New York, NY; Chicago; Boston; Washington, DC; Philadelphia;
Asheville, NC; Atlanta; Charleston, SC; Emeryville, CA; Los Angeles; and Seattle. Served in some of the
country’s top restaurants, Counter Culture Coffee is available in coffee shops, specialty grocers and
online at counterculturecoffee.com.
Questions about Counter Culture Coffee can be directed to PR@counterculturecoffee.com.