Barista Guild of OKC / by Paul Zimmerman

We've got some super exciting news that isn't necessarily Clarity Coffee specific but affects the coffee community of Oklahoma City at large! Barista guilds in cities across america serve as hubs of education and culture for coffee lovers. These organizations let coffee professionals and hobbyists organize for events, training, resources, and outreach. 

It's wildly exciting that Oklahoma City has formed it's own Barista Guild. We've seen such a huge renaissance of arts and culture here in OKC and we're stoked to be taking part. The Barista Guild of OKC will consist of baristas from some of OKC's finest coffee shops:

Aspen Coffee
Cafe Evoke
Clarity Coffee
Coffee Slingers Roasters
Elemental Coffee Roasters
Gray Owl Coffee
Syrup Breakfast
and others!

Oklahoma City has so many amazing coffee companies and people. In the next year, as a guild, they'll be focussing on a few things. 

EVENTS

We'll be hosting monthly latte art competitions at different shops across the metro. The first of which took place in January at Clarity. These "Thursday Night Throwdowns" are a chance for baristas to show off their skills and for the coffee community to come together and have a party. Join us to meet some new friends, drink some local beer, and cheer for you favorite barista. The guild has thrown two successful TNT's so far this year and are stoked to continue the party at Cafe Evoke, this Saturday!

EDUCATION

The Guild will be printing resources for making better coffee, both for home brewers and professional baristas. These resources will be cheap or free as our goal is to improve the quality of coffee in our city as widely as possible. 

OUTREACH

The Barista Guild of OKC will partner with local non-profits, such as The Foundation for Oklahoma City Public Schools to benefit and support our community with fundraiser events and volunteer hours. The coffee community is dedicated to serving our city and the guild will open opportunities for us to organize and be effective at serving and loving our neighbors in OKC. 

We'll keep you posted with progress and are super stoked to be a sponsor of the Barista Guild of OKC. 

In the meantime, check out the facebook page and see what the coffee people in your neighborhood are talking about. 

Cheers!