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Counter Culture Coffee Hosting Queer Coffee Panel in Somerville

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 .

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

Questions about Counter Culture Coffee can be directed to

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