First Native American Woman Coffee Roaster

First Native American Woman Coffee Roaster

Andi Parnacher's journey from seeking a summer job at 'Not Your Average Joe' coffee shop in Oklahoma City to becoming the world's first certified Native American woman coffee roaster is a testimony to how opportunities can change lives. Hired on the spot by Executive Director Tim Herbel, Andi, who grew up with Kiowa, Chickasaw, and Choctaw heritage, embraced the complex world of coffee with passion. After intensive training in New York City and local mentorship under Lead Coffee Roaster Mike Weeler, she mastered the intricacies of the craft. Her achievements are not just personal but also represent a barrier-breaking moment recognized by the Specialty Coffee Association. As a certified barista and a roaster, Andi aims to bring her knowledge and inclusive message back to her community, highlighting the importance of good coffee in cultural gatherings and meetings.

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