With a focus on women networking and learning together, the inaugural Women Barista Connect event is the first of its kind in the world
People in the specialty-coffee world as well those observing it seem to ask pretty frequently why we don’t have more women in leadership positions in our worldwide community. Indeed, we wonder why we don’t have more women in coffee period, regardless of their position. We at Barista Magazine examined the current state of affairs for women working in coffee in the global north in our 3-part series on gender equality (articles appears in our April+May, August+September, and October+November 2015 issues, all of which are available to view online for free by clicking here). The Coffee Quality Institute has been regularly conducting research into gender issues in producing countries. And coffee professionals who happen to be women find themselves in public positions ”winning a national barista championship, being promoted to a higher job position, etc. ”they often feel a sense of responsibility to do their job well on behalf of the female coffee and barista community.
We applaud the most recent effort by a professional woman in coffee to promote, support, and educate other women in the coffee community: Two-time Austrian Barista Champion Sonja Zweidick has organized and produced Women Barista Connect 2015, which kicks off today in Aarhus, Denmark, at La Cabra Coffee Roasters.
This is the inaugural international women’s coffee workshop. Attendees will get inspired and learn from fellow women coffee professionals working and making an impact in the coffee industry. Over the next two days, guest speakers will share knowledge and experiences from their work with specialty coffee. There will be open discussion groups related to current trends within the specialty coffee industry.
The main topics to be covered at Women Barista Connect include:
”Women in the coffee industry
The speakers are an impressive group, and include:
– Ansgar Bitz, MahlkÃ¶nig
– Anne-Sophie Hoff, Arla
– Sonja BjÃ¶rk Grant, SCAE
– Francisca Listov-Saabye, Agrofoods
– Jesper Broberg Bang, Gejst Studio
– Joanna Alm, Drop Coffee
Look for more information here at Barista Magazine after the event concludes!