This week—in a special Halloween/HasBean Birthday re-imagining of No. 40, complete with the spooky (somewhat) disembodied voice of Jenn—we are joined by a guest we’ve been trying to get onto the podcast since April this year: an overachiever of the highest degree, holding not one, not two, but three highly-demanding coffee jobs—the one and only Roukiat Delrue. Rouki’s experience growing up in a producing country, partnered with her positions as Q Services Manager with the Coffee Quality Institute and National Bodies Manager for World Coffee Events, give her a completely unique—and extensive—perspective on all things coffee.
Episode 40 covers everything from coffee auctions to colour conflicts whilst head-judging and from Anacafe to Q updates, with much more in between, as we make the most of our hour with the coffee industry’s most beloved “Rouki-pedia”. We also revisit the head-judge industrial complex, first discussed in No. 23 with Nick Cho, as well as the highly-contested “women in coffee” discussion (which Steve has promised to give up if someone finally invites him out for breakfast) and Steve’s desire for a new cupping form.