The Barista League: a competition for baristas, by baristas.
We believe that baristas, despite being the main link between specialty coffee and the consumers, are often left out of all the fun stuff. We believe in creating events and competitions for coffee professionals that break down barriers to participation and enable real connections within our industry.
We are baristas and work every day in our communities. We will focus on the issues, needs and wants of our community and not get lost in the esoteric and irrelevant. We believe that all people are equally important and deserve respect and space in this industry regardless of gender identity, race, sexual orientation or religion.
The Barista League will not charge you huge entry fees or demand hours of training and a really expensive coffee to compete with. Instead we will do our best to make sure everyone who attends our events leaves with exponentially more than they came with.
Steven Moloney, Founder
Steven is a lost Australian living on the rainy west coast of Sweden. Aside from being the 2016 and 2017 Swedish barista champion he has formerly worked as a barista, trainer and events manager at different roasteries around Sweden.
Ash Day, Communications Director
Also forsaking sunshine and warmth for the cold northern climes, this wunderkind joined The Barista League as communications director from the beginning of 2017. When not searching for grimy garage gigs or consuming fine wine and food in her adopted city of Copenhagen, she spends her time behind the bar at The Coffee Collective.
Eli is one of the kindest and most fun people you will every have a chance to meet. She has been working in coffee since 2008 and apart from being a great barista, is an amazing cook and will not shy away from sharing videos of last night's drunk karaoke sessions.
Filip is perhaps one of the best baristas in Sweden that Steve has ever met. In that cute little Swedish head he keeps the calculating mind of a young napoleon mixed with the warm heart of an old mother Teresa. When not helping teams negotiate the chaos that Steven has planned he is the lab manager for Ally Coffee in Gothenburg.
Liv is the reason we have any of these beautiful pictures to show you, and boy are we glad she is on board. Known to hang around on tall and scary ladders, Liv is a former barista who is now a freelance photographer. Check out her work here.
The Barista League, established in 2015, is Scandinavia’s fastest growing barista competition and community hub. It came to fruition as baristas, despite being the main link between specialty coffee and consumers, are often left out of all the fun stuff.
- ‘I wanted to create a competition that is all about the baristas. We invite them to just turn up, compete, learn, have fun and drink some beers together’, says founder Steven Moloney – two-time Swedish Barista champion and winner of the World Barista Team Competition, 2016.
As opposed to traditional barista competitions, there are no entry fees or perplexing rulebooks – instead it’s all down to teams of two making coffee in an ever-surprising environment. The competition centers around barista skills, sensory skills and a mystery round (that has seen baristas handcuffed together and grinding coffee with hammers).
The competition was born in Sweden and is always hosted by leading members of the Nordic coffee community. Across its four main events per year, it is now promoting a more vibrant and connected community all over northern Europe – and is set to expand further.
- ‘I’ve never seen the Oslo coffee scene come together like on the Barista League weekend’, says attendee and former Barista League judge Talor Browne of Talor & Jørgen.