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"The Nation's only Specialty Coffee Workforce Development Firm"
Who We Are
Who We Are

About Us

BaristaSource was born out of a mission to revolutionize the Specialty Coffee industry by addressing longstanding challenges and creating opportunities for all.


From combating chronic understaffing to providing accessible training for baristas and small business owners, we empower individuals and communities to thrive. Our vision extends beyond profit, aiming to foster inclusivity and opportunity through workforce development, ownership initiatives, and job placements for underserved populations. BaristaSource is not just about coffee; it's about building a more equitable and sustainable future for everyone involved in the Specialty Coffee sector.

Who We Are

Kelley Smith

Kelley Smith - CEO & Founder

Kelley Smith, CEO and Founder of BaristaSource LLC, hails from South Central Los Angeles. With over 25 years of experience in Retail, Food & Beverage, and Specialty Coffee, Kelley's mission is to address the disparities she witnessed firsthand in her community. From a personal perspective, she created BaristaSource LLC after working for a Specialty Coffee giant, where she witnessed the lack of promotional opportunities for minorities and ongoing staffing and training issues plaguing the industry.

in her spare time she enjoys Dj’ing and spending time with her family.

Renee Teague

Renee Teague - Senior Accounts Manager

Senior Manager of Accounts Payable and Receivable (ACR/ACP). With a sharp eye for detail and years of expertise, Renee manages our financial transactions with precision and efficiency, ensuring smooth operations and financial integrity.

In her spare time, she enjoys traveling and watching crime shows.

Chanelle Purham

Chanelle Purham - Senior Trainer

With over 5 years of expertise under her belt, Chanelle takes the helm in training both our trainers and students, imparting comprehensive knowledge in all aspects of the barista craft at BaristaSource.


In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her nephew and traveling.

Kenice Broussard

Kenice Broussard - Senior Coordinator

Kenice Broussard - senior coordinator From training programs to workforce development initiatives, Kenice ensures that our services are tailored to meet the unique needs of both aspiring baristas and seasoned professionals.

In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family and going to church

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