Following on from the success of last year, Beyond the Bean are proud to be offering their Barista Bursary again for 2017. We want to hear from baristas up and down the country who are planning to take part in UKBC next year and why they should be the next BTB Barista Bursary winner. The BTB Barista Bursary is an opportunity for one competing barista to get financial and developmental support which we hope will ease some of the more laborious pressures of the competition – freeing them up to concentrate on the important part, the coffee.
Beyond the Bean are long-time supporters of UKBC; we are on the UK Chapter committee, have held various WCE positions, judged the competitions and also know how to host a great heat. Basically; we know the competition. We also know the costs competing in the championship can bring, which can mean talented baristas are in danger of being excluded. This is why we created the BTB Barista Bursary. We want to find the best of the budding barista talent out there who will benefit most from our support.
The BTB Barista will immediately qualify for support attending the UKBC heats which includes £100 credit to use on the BTB Gear range and a day’s training with a past judge to give you even more insight to the competition. We will then continue to support you throughout the competition and if you qualify to represent the UK you’ll receive an additional fund of £2.5k towards expenses, plus assistance with shipping to WBC Seoul. Throughout Bursary you will have access to the BTB training room in Bristol for practice in preparation for competitions, and of course our unwavering support.
Our Barista Bursary Winner 2016 was Diana Johnson of Taylor St Baristas who we are delighted to invite back this year as a judge. When asked about the BTB Barista Bursary here is what Diana had to say:
“One of the biggest reasons that baristas do not compete is the financial strain that competition can cause. The other major reason is a lack of support, and guidance throughout the process. The bursary allows the competitor to remove these obstacles, in turn providing them with the opportunity to be creative. The BTB Barista Bursary was one of the best things that happened to me during my time as a competitor, and I sincerely recommend it to anyone wishing to compete. I was able to free my mind and focus more on enjoying the competition process, whilst learning more about coffee in general.”
So if you are serious about your coffee, then let us help with the rest. Applying is simple and there is still plenty of time. Just send an application; it can be a letter or video, telling us why you should be picked as The BTB Barista. The deadline for entries is 1st December 2016 and shortlisted applicants will be invited to Bristol for interviews on 8th December. Further information on the competition, panel of judges, how to apply and what is expected from the exciting new partnership can be found on Beyond the Bean’s website: beyondthebean.com/baristabursary