The Chocolate Barista Party - SCA Boston 2019
For the third year in a row, we kicked off last week’s Global Specialty Coffee Expo with another Chocolate Barista Party. Over 100 people were packed inside Intelligentsia Watertown’s training lab and we drank Hennessy Horchata (made with Califia Farms Oat Barista and Almond Milk Barista Blend), ate pizza, and danced to Drake while connecting with one another.
From the beginning, the point of this party was to get as many coffee professionals of color together for a fun ass night before the beginning of Expo. It’s meant to be an opportunity for us to meet each other and know we’re not alone walking into this massive coffee industry event filled with hella white men.
I remember looking through the crowd at one point with a smile on my face because I’d never before seen a coffee event so diverse with folks from Colombia, the UK, Rwanda, and right here on American soil.
I’ll be honest: I almost didn’t have the party this year! But Boston has a known reputation for being racist and more hostile to people of color than most other cities in the northeast, so it felt necessary. On top of that, Ezra Baker swooped in and saved me from drowning in prep so make sure to thank him too! This was the best way for me to start out SCA weekend, I hope everyone else felt the same!
We wouldn’t have been able to throw this awesome party without the generosity of our sponsors Califia Farms, Mahlkonig USA, Atlas Coffee Importers, Baratza, BD Imports, La Marzocco, IKAWA, Fellow Products, Created Co., and Urnex Brands. Thank you all so much for your support and awesome personalized swag!
We were able to collect $256 cash at the door to go to the Greater Four Corners Action Coalition in Dorchester, Boston. This organization is dedicated to revitalizing and reinvesting in the Dorchester community, a predominately Black community in the south of Boston. Thanks everyone for your donations!
See you all at next year’s Chocolate Barista Party in Portland!
Video by Shaunté Glover.