putting on coffee festivals is fun, but empowering our community is even better.
many coffee professionals dream about the opportunity to compete in the u.s. barista championships, But competing in coffee competitions can be incredibly cost-prohibitive: an individual may spend upwards of $3,000 just on their competition smallwares, tools and ingredients alone. factoring in the cost of coaching, travel, lodging, research and development...
the price of coffee competitions can be astronomical!
These expenses often mean that competition opportunities are virtually nonexistent for individuals who aren't sponsored or have a pool of personal wealth they can utilize. this tends to narrow the diversity of our competitors- creating situations where coffee competitions can reflect more about who is privileged enough to afford the costs. we want to be a part of creating a more level playing field.
we want the pour coffee festival to help break down competition barriers for our community.
We are partnering with WINCC (Women investing in northwest coffee champs) to build a scholarship fund for marginalized coffee professionals- specifically women, queer folks, trans people and people of color- in the southeast who want to compete in coffee championships, but lack the resources to do so.
our scholarship will not only help our beneficiaries to afford competition costs, but we'll use our collective resources to connect them with coaches, judges and practice spaces to ensure a successful and strategically-sound competition run.
if you'd like to donate towards wincc, or are interested in volunteering your time or resources towards this mission, please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.