Re:co Symposium Barista Volunteer

This April, the Specialty Coffee Expo and Re:co Symposium will be held in Boston, Massachusetts on the east coast of the United States.  Gathering the greatest minds and most influential thinkers in the coffee industry, Re:co Symposium will be held on April 10th and 11th, just prior to the Specialty Coffee Expo. Through a mixture of speakers, interactive experiences and opportunities for conversation, Re:co looks at the specialty coffee market, the challenges we face and some of the solutions we have.  It shines a light on opportunities for growth and development and delves into how these can be approached.  Agronomists, economists, chemists, writers, analysts, producers, roasters, baristas, and coffee’s most influential voices take the stage, providing leadership and inspiration through incredible talks.  

But, Re:co is also known for its exceptional coffee service. Conceived and operated by the Barista Guild, coffees are specially selected, prepared and served by a talented group of our industry’s finest representatives. As with past years, we are busy designing a service that showcases the heights of the barista profession, coffee quality and service for a customer base unrivaled in its coffee knowledge and influence.

This year’s concept will focus on the idea of great service, and interpreting what that means for different communities, different baristas and different coffees. We’re building a bar that will empower each barista to have full ownership over their service styles, the menu, the recipes, the layout and the conversations.

Re:co Symposium’s coffee service takes place on Wednesday, April 10th and Thursday, April 11th. Baristas that are approved for this highly prestigious volunteer position will work one shift on each day

All baristas who volunteer their time and talents to a successful coffee service during Re:co Symposium will earn hours towards a complimentary 3-Day Specialty Coffee Expo Volunteer Badge. 

To be considered for this position you will need to meet the following requirements:

  • Be an active Barista Guild member (BGA or BGE is also eligible)

  • Be available to work, show up ready to serve in any capacity needed, and have a positive customer service attitude.

  • A strong Barista background and education/SCA Barista Certifications is a plus.  

The Application and Approval Process

  • Applications will be reviewed by members of the BG Leadership Council.

  • Applications will be accepted until February 18, 2019 at 11:59pm PST.

  • Approval notifications along with shift assignments will be sent in early March 2019.  (It is recommended that you register for your 3-Day Expo Volunteer Badge here prior to February 14th and select volunteer shifts through the link provided.  If you are selected as a Re:co Symposium Barista we will revise your volunteer schedule at that time.)


All selected Baristas will be asked to attend a mandatory training webinar in March and to respond to all communications in a timely manner. Selected Baristas should plan to arrive in Boston in time to participate in the Practice session on Tuesday, April 9th from 3:00pm-5:00pm at the Boston Park Plaza.