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Short Talks

Valeria Taylor, of Loba Pastry + Coffee, Chicago, IL

I grew up in Mexico, and I moved to Florida when I was 16. Growing up, I had visited the States for vacation and I had all these ideas and expectations of what going to high school in the US was going to be like.

Daniel Jiménez, of Toma Cafe, Madrid, ES

I was born in Venezuela. Saying that makes me feel quite sad, happy, hopeful, worried, and anxious—and at the same time, my experiences in Venezuela taught me many things I would come to interiorize as I got older.

Adrian Campbell, of Society Cafe, Bath, UK

My wife and I both come from a service background, which is why service is so important to us.

Alexandra Zepeda, of Joe Coffee Company, The Bronx, NY

I am a queer first-generation Salvadoran American immigrant from The Bronx. My mom sent me over there as a kid, then brought me back to The Bronx when I was a little older. I’ma be real with you—I don’t know why the fuck people move to New York. I will never understand that.

Annika Hotti, of Ripaus Catering & Cafe Victor, Turku, Finland

I grew up in a small town in Western Finland. It was so small that I only had four classmates in primary school! My father got his university degree in Natural Resources and loved spending time in the woods, foraging and orienteering—the latter of which is essentially a sport in which you use a compass and map to quickly navigate from point to point across unfamiliar terrain.

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