Duluth based roastery aims to close gender equity gap in coffee industry

Mariam Mackar
Created: March 24, 2021 10:27 AM

There are many prominent Northland women making waves in the food and beverage industry.

One of these women is Alyza Bohbot James, a Duluth native who grew up surrounded by her family's coffee business, Alakef Roasters, and later created her own with the mission of helping women owned roasters around the world.

"I didn't want to just come back and take my parents company and run it as is," said James. "I wanted to come back and take it and be able to make it my own and have the same passion for it that my  parents had when they started."

She discovered that passion when she learned about the idustry wide global inequities facing women coffee roasters.

James decided that she was going to create City Girl Coffee, a sister company that focuses solely on importing coffee from women owned roasters and operatives.
Even over the past few years she's noticed progress in the industry.

"The amount of women being brought to the table is just so drastically different than it was five years ago, and to me that's just a sign of kind of our industry catching up to the equity and where it needs to be in terms of true sustainability."

Not only does City Girl Coffee source from women owned roasters, they also donate a portion of sales to organizations that support gender equity in the coffee business .

If you're interested in learning more about City Girl Coffee or grabbing some for yourself (roasted right here in Minnesota!) visit their website for more information.


Mariam Mackar

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