We are a community that empowers baristas and promotes their professional growth. In addition to the SCA Core Values, we believe in the following Guiding Principles:
The Barista Guild is a community that is inclusive, accessible, and collaborative; a community where relationships are created and nurtured.
Education for Members
We value formal and informal education and professional development for all baristas.
Quality of the Product
Baristas are responsible for the end-product in the coffee value chain and we value the quality of that product through best practices, understanding, and hospitality.
The Barista Guild (BG) was formed in 2018 as a unified guild of two heritage organizations: the Specialty Coffee Association of Europe’s Barista Guild of Europe (BGE) and the Specialty Coffee Association of America’s Barista Guild of America (BGA).
In 2016, when members of the heritage SCAE and SCAA voted to unify and create the Specialty Coffee Association, the members of the heritage barista guilds were equally enthusiastic about a unified vision for the future.
In 2017, a Unification Committee of volunteers was formed and worked with both guilds to define bylaws, positions, transition documents, and more in preparation to become one global guild. The final step of this process, approving the new leadership council, took place in December 2018.
Here are the current Leadership Council (LC) members, listed with their place of work and council title:
Sarah Leslie of Leslie Coffee Co., Past Chair
Stuart Ritson of Cafe Imports, Chair
Jessie May Peters of Raw Material, Vice Chair
Gabe Smentek of Onyx Coffee Lab, Marketing and Communications
Bartosz Ciepaj of Harrods, Membership Engagement
Silvia Constantin of Barista School Romania and Coffee Break Magazine, Events
Jessika Sosa of Tovarna Kave Coffee Roastery, Events
Kathie Hilberg of Stumptown Coffee Roasters LA, Membership Engagement
Mark Hundley of Bolt Coffee, Events
Bailey Arnold of Oatly, Community/Outreach
Committees, standing or ad-hoc, may be established by the Barista Guild Leadership Council as needed. The Leadership Council Chair will appoint the committee lead and that lead can then appoint additional members as needed. More information on our committees coming soon.
Code of Conduct
Folks like you join the SCA and the Barista Guild to have fun, learn, network and grow with fellow members. Our staff want to make that possible while providing the best possible environment for everyone involved. For all that to happen, we have a few rules that are necessary for everyone’s safety and comfort. Click below to read our Code of Conduct.
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