The COVID-19 outbreak and subsequent lockdown has had a profound impact on baristas and coffee professionals in the UK and throughout the world.
This uncertainty has created insecurity for many baristas and coffee professionals and hardship in a number of cases where employers have not been able to pay wages and/or furloughed wages until government financial support begins to be distributed.
United Baristas has instigated #BaristaCare to support the coffee community at this time. Partnering up with Caffeine Magazine and other like-minded coffee companies the first action is to distribute over 250 care packs to furloughed baristas and coffee professionals with a hope to distribute many more in the coming weeks.
“We want baristas and coffee professionals to know that the coffee industry cares for them”, explains United Baristas founder Tim Ridley. He continues, “Care packs have been designed to provide practical support to those baristas facing hardship and emotional support to all”.
An initial 234 Care Packs are made possible with the support of a variety of businesses in the coffee industry include Oatly, Allegra, La Marzocco, Brewed by Hand and Mr Black. The objective is to provide as many care packs as possible and United Baristas continues to actively seek support from coffee companies to fund additional packs moving forward.
How can you help?
As a Caffeine reader, you can support your baristas in one of two ways.
Barista Care Auctions – Coffee companies have also donated products and services for a series of online auctions, 100% of all proceeds will going to fund additional Care Packs. Auctions run twice each week, with bidding closing on Wednesday and Sunday evenings. With initial product donations, it is anticipated that the proceeds will allow for over 250 care packs to be assembled and dispatched.
View #BaristaCare Auctions
Donate – As many of us are unable to get our daily flat whites, we are asking that you donate one week of coffees to this cause (£15). Please help and donate as much as you can.
Donate to #BaristaCare
Register for a Care Pack
If you are a Barista or coffee professional that is based in the UK and furloughed as part of the COVID-19 pandemic, you can register for Care Pack on the #BaristaCare website from 10.00 London-time, Monday 6 April 2020.
Apply for a #BaristaCare pack