Selected Features

New York Times, 2020: “America’s Next Top Barista”
NY Mag/The Strategist, 2020: “The Best Gifts for Coffee Lovers, According to Baristas and Coffee Roasters
Travel Noire, 2020: “Meet Michelle R. Johnson, The First Black Woman To Ever Compete At The U.S. Barista Championship”
Barista Magazine, 2020: “10 Minutes With Michelle Johnson — 2020 US Coffee Champs Edition”
GQ, 2020: “13 Best Coffee Subscriptions in 2020”
KCRW LA, 2020: “Coffee shops in gentrifying neighborhoods: Why design matters”

Additional Press + Mentions

GQ, 2021: “12 Best Notebooks For A Fresh Start” by Daniel Varghese

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LAist, 2020: “City Bean Makes The Best Coffee You’ve Never Heard Of — And That’s By Design” by Evan Jacoby

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Melanin Meetups, 2020: “The Narrative’s 7053 Profile: Michelle Johnson” by Cara Elise Taylor

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Americano Mondays, 2019: 

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Daily Coffee News, 2019: “A Chat with Black Coffee Creator Michelle Johnson as She Plans US Return” by Lily Kubota

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The Coffee Compass, 2018: “The Hype Queen of OZ: Michelle Johnson of Barista Hustle” by Michael Butterworth

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Radio Cherry Bomb, 2018: “Take A Coffee Break with The Chocolate Barista” with Kerry Diamond

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Matador Network, 2017: “Nuanced Notes with Michelle Johnson

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Crafting Arizona, 2017: 

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Eater, 2017: “The White Lies of Craft Culture” by Lauren Michele Jackson

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Long Beach Coffee Club, 2017: 

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Sprudge, 2017: “Michelle Johnson of The Chocolate Barista: The Sprudge Interview”

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Sprudge, 2017: “Coffee Sprudgecast Episode 38” with Jordan Michelman and Zachary Carlson

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I Brew My Own Coffee, 2017: “The Intersectionality Panel Recap” with Bryan Schiele and Brian Beyke

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Food Talkies: Coffee Run, 2016:

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