Barista Connect, a series of lectures and presentations dedicated to improving equality in the coffee industry, travels to Melbourne, Australia, in March!
BY ASHLEY RODRIGUEZ
BARISTA MAGAZINE ONLINE
Photos courtesy of Barista Connect
Barista Connect brings women from across the coffee industry together in a small, intimate setting of lectures and discussions about inclusivity and empowerment. The event, which is the brainchild of 2017 Danish Barista Champion Sonja Zweidick, has traveled all around Europe; this March, it will land in Melbourne for the first time. “From our very first event, we have had participants from many different countries, and I see this as one of Barista Connect’s best qualities,” said Sonja, who has talked with us on this website about her motivation to start the event. “To keep the diversity, I had the idea to bring the events to the women in our industry in different parts of Europe, to make it more accessible and affordable. When Barista Connect London was happening, I received many encouraging messages of interest from all over the world, especially from Australia.”
Barista Connect is not just a list of lectures and discussions—although the roster of folks speaking is incredible—but it’s also a chance for female-identifying people to come together and share insights, build networks, and create a space that welcomes them. A goal of Barista Connect’s initiative of inclusivity is to travel with the event, and we hope to see more Barista Connects all across the globe. “We are truly excited to bring Barista Connect outside Europe for the first time, and the local Melbourne coffee network has already proven its strength. As always we are extremely grateful to our strong sponsors, who make it possible for us to continue striving to achieve our mission nonprofit,” Sonja said. Topics to be discussed include green coffee sourcing, social media influence, and a natural wine tasting.