Today was the day the Barista Guild of Europe launched, at the SCAE show in Rimini, and they started selling tickets to the first event organised under the BGE banner: Barista Camp in Greece.
I’ve been a fan of barista camps since I got to attend one in the USA a couple of years ago, organised by the Barista Guild of America. While I’m obviously a fan of barista competitions, they are expensive affairs that don’t necessarily have an even distribution of value to all involved (this is the nature of competition of course!).
Barista Camps are interesting to me because everyone who attends can have an amazing experience, you can’t really “win” a barista camp…
I’m a little bit involved in this event, I’m the chair of a working committee, but I’m not for a second claiming any credit for making it happen. Isa Verschraegen is doing all the very hard work, with great support from people like Dale Harris, Kalle Freese, Andrew Tolley and others from the working group.
You can read a bit more about the camp on the website here: www.baristaguildofeurope.com (You can buy tickets there too!)
I just wanted to post a few things about the ideas behind the camp:
– We wanted it to be as accessibly priced as possible. For food, drink, accommodation and education (with certification too) it starts at €400 right now. I think that is great value, and I hope this price point encourages some cafes to buy a ticket for a staff member – or at least support them financially if they want to go.
– There are three different education tracks available, but also group lectures for everyone. I think it is going to be great to mix up more specialised education with moments where everyone comes together to learn and taste things.
– There are opportunities to volunteer. You can offer to volunteer on the website. You’ll need to get yourself there (which isn’t too expensive at that time of year), but otherwise you won’t pay anything. We expect to get more offers than we can accommodate, so don’t be afraid to sell yourself a little bit if you’re applying.
– The full program isn’t published yet, so keep an eye out as we announce various speakers and other fun stuff!
I hope I’ll see a lot of people there. The opportunity to get together always results in great things. I like the idea of 150 baristas going back to 150 shops afterwards, and then making better drinks and giving better experiences to hundreds of thousands of people across Europe. Grab your ticket here!