“… At the time, my understanding of coffee as a career was limited by this idea of competing. Like, you had to compete in this competition if you wanted to be successful in the industry. Of course, now I realize that's far from the truth.”Read More
‘There were two reoccurring themes: the need to be outwardly intentional in the acknowledgment and support of marginalized groups, and the crucial role of allies.’ - Aleida Stone of Unfiltered.Read More
A little over a week ago, Beanstock Coffee Festival took over Toronto town for, what turned out to be, an even bigger and all-encompassing event than their inaugural Beanstock event in Vancouver last year. I had the chance to speak with local coffee super star, creator of The Little Black Coffee Cup, and other delicious coffee oddities, Ashley Tomlinson, who attended Beanstock and was able to give us a bit of insight into how the two days went down.Read More
'A competition for baristas who deserve the stage but don't always feel that way or don't always get seen by their companies. It is meant to instill confidence and a sense of community and I think so far it does that!' - Elle Jensen of Cherry RoastRead More
I have often said that the competition part of The Barista League is just an excuse to get a bunch of cool coffee people in a room together. While i still think this is true, anyone who knows me knows that deep down i am a competition nerd and i spend a lot of time thinking about how to make the competitions more fun, fair and relatable to what baristas actually do.Read More
This month, I sat down with 2nd place World Brewer’s Cup 2016 winner, barista extraordinaire, The Coffee Collective HR Coordinator, and all around lovely human Mikaela Gervard to discuss her work with Barista Connect and about their upcoming event in Melbourne!Read More
In our first issue we are talking with Caryn Nelson of Women Investing in Northwest Coffee Champs –or WINCC for short– out of Portland, Oregon. Through sponsorships, donations, and fundraisers, they were able to set up a library of equipment and create a scholarship to help women get to the competition arena.