Volunteer at expo


Sign Up To Volunteer

Begin by clicking on the REGISTER TO VOLUNTEER button below. On the landing page select the Professional button. On the Personal Information page, enter VOL in the "volunteer code box" to register for the 3-Day Expo VOLUNTEER Badge.

At the end of the registration process you will receive the link to select your volunteer shifts. Your Expo registration will be pending until you have signed-up for shifts totaling the minimum number of hours needed.

If you would like to be considered for a Lead Volunteer, Instructor, or Re:co Symposium Barista position, please complete the appropriate application form in addition to registering to volunteer (see below). If you are selected for one of these positions we will change your volunteer schedule at that time. 

benefits of volunteering

Volunteering is more than just lending a hand. It's an opportunity to give back to the community you feel most passionate about. Volunteering fosters relationships with people from around the world that share similar interests. It's the perfect opportunity to help the coffee industry flourish. And not to mention, you can earn a free 3-day Expo Volunteer badge in exchange.

What does it take to earn a volunteer badge?

Attendees who commit to work the minimum number of hours can earn a complimentary badge. Members of the association who sign-up on or before February 14th must commit to a minimum of 12 hours. Those who sign-up on February 15th or after must commit to a minimum of 16 hours.  Volunteers who are not members of the association who sign-up on or before February 14th must commit to a minimum of 16 hours.  Those who sign-up on February 15th or after must commit to a minimum of 20 hours.

Who Can Volunteer?

Attendees 18 and older are invited to volunteer at the Specialty Coffee Expo.  Every year more than 500 coffee professionals support the show by volunteering in over 1200 volunteer shifts from Tuesday-Sunday. Volunteers will have a variety of positions to choose from in a number of different areas at Expo, Re:co, and the World Coffee Championship events.

Apply to be a LEAD VOLUNTEER

The Association is looking for people who would like to volunteer in Lead roles.  These positions require a greater time commitment, but are perfect for volunteers that love leadership and would like to be involved with more of the behind the scenes organization and support of the show.

Lead Positions are available in the Activities Hall (WBC and WBrC), Coffee Skills Program & Workshops, Cupping Exchange, Green Team, Registration area and Volunteer Lounge.  If this sound interesting, click below to find out more and submit an application.

Apply to be A BARISTA at Re:co Symposium

Re:co Symposium is 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: our team of experienced and talented baristas

Re:co Symposium’s coffee service takes place on Wednesday, April 10th and Thursday, April 11th.  

 If you meet the following requirements, you are encouraged to apply:

  • 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. 

 Applications will be accepted through February 15, 2019 at 12:00 midnight PST.


There are opportunities to volunteer instruct at the Specialty Coffee Expo in the following areas:

  1. Coffee Skills Program courses

  2. SCA Workshops

Coffee Skills Program Courses

All Authorized Specialty Trainers that would like to help deliver a Coffee Skills Program course at the 2019 Specialty Coffee Expo are invited to apply.

  • Courses offered include: Introduction To Coffee, Barista Skills Foundation, Barista Skills Intermediate, Green Coffee Foundation, Sensory Skills Foundation, Sensory Skills Intermediate, and Roasting Foundation. 

  • New in 2019 Green Coffee Foundation and Sensory Skills Foundation will be offered in Spanish.

SCA Workshops

  • Workshops are hands-on, interactive sessions that allow a deep dive into topics that complement the Coffee Skills Program.

  • Usually 2-3 hours in length, and do not come with any program credit.

  • Led by subject matter experts with help from other knowledgeable members in the industry.

  • Station instructors may deliver workshop content in a small group setting, for example to dial in espresso. Or they may provide logistical support, such as facilitating a cupping or preparing sensory references. 

 Interested in being an Instructor?  We invite you to apply!