CHERRY BOMBE 100:
Michelle Johnson, also known as The Chocolate Barista, is a coffee writer, public speaker, and marketer whose work revolves around promoting racial diversity in the specialty coffee industry. She's worked in coffee since 2011 as a barista, manager, and educator, and has dabbled in barista competitions. She loves coffee culture as a whole—finding herself interested in the various shapes it takes in different places around the world, and how groups of people engage with it. Michelle has worked in coffee everywhere from Washington, D.C., to Phoenix to Melbourne. She is also the founder of a conference series called Black Coffee: A Dialogue on Race & Coffee Culture. Black Coffee events have taken place in Brooklyn, D.C., and Portland, Oregon.