Korie “KP” Griggs: The Sprudge Twenty Interview
Welcome to The Sprudge Twenty Interviews presented by Pacific Barista Series. For a full list of 2022 Sprudge Twenty winners, visit sprudge.com/twenty.
“Korie creates spaces for coffee and connection, whether through her budding comic strip Vibranibeans (@vibranibeans), as a founding member of The Color of Coffee Collective (@colorofcoffeecollective), or her coffee-centric Instagram. café @koffeepersonkp She embodies vulnerability, advocacy and power through everything she does.
Nominated by Kat Melheim
Do you have a coffee making ritual?
Yes! Making coffee is a form of self-care for me. It kick-starts my day and helps me check in on how I’m doing. If my energy is low, I opt for a cold brew; it’s ready and fast for me. If my energy feels replenished, I take my time making an espresso drink or anything with my Flair.
What is your favorite quality in coffee?
Its versatility and its unifying power. This is real life vibranium to me.
What’s the best song for making coffee right now?
All Eyes On Me by Earthgang
Do you have a favorite item of clothing for making coffee?
Round neck or hoodie for sure.
What was the last cup of coffee you really enjoyed?
A mug of Kris Carlson’s Griefscapes.
What is your idea of the happiness of coffee?
Gatherings of sharing in our cafes or choices with laughter and good conversation in the center.
What coffee issue are you most concerned about?
Accessibility and equity. As a black woman with mobility issues, I see that there are still many barriers within the industry.
What cause or element of coffee motivates you?
Origin stories. I love telling stories and knowing where coffee really comes from.
What issue in coffee do you think is being critically overlooked?
Accessibility for ALL people, regardless of race, gender, disability, experience, etc.
Did you experience a “god shot” or a life-changing moment of coffee revelation early in your life?
Coffee was just always in my house. Its smell has always seduced me even before having tried it.
If you could have a job in the coffee industry, what would it be and why?
Photojournalism. I want to tell the origin stories that are overlooked and untold. I want people to know where coffee really comes from and how to honor and respect it from farm to cup.
Who are your coffee heroes?
Phyllis Johnson; she continues to push for change.
If you could drink coffee with anyone, alive or dead, who would it be and why?
My mother. I was only 14 when she died, so we never had the joy of sharing coffee and good conversation. I just wish she could see me now.
Do you have coffee mentors?
Not really. I feel like I’m making a path in this industry that no one is doing, so often I just feel like I’m inventing it as I go along.
What did you wish someone had said to you when you started in coffee?
That there is no ceiling. You can be in coffee regardless of your background or outlook. I wish someone had told me not to believe lies.
Where do you see yourself in 2042?
CILLIN. Drink coffee and write another bestseller to add to my growing list of books!
Sprudge Twenty interviews are presented by Pacific Barista Series. For a full list of 2022 Sprudge Twenty winners, visit sprudge.com/twenty.