In conjunction with City and Guilds, the Beverage Standards Association is providing a 20 hour course in Barista training!
Participants from all backgrounds are able to take part in a course of training to become a barista at any café, although some experience with espresso based drinks is beneficial, but not essential.
What exactly then does this course cover? Well, it has a focus on coffee, of course, in particular espresso, while incorporating fresh filter coffee, tea, chocolate, juices and smoothies. There are four main areas of learning that the course will be covering which are:
- The background to the raw materials
- How to produce a wide range of drinks
- The operation and care of the machines & maintenance
- Providing customer service
This can all be done within the minimum time of 20 hours in a classroom setting which includes a workplace practice, practical and written assessments, it usually takes three days.
A beverage trainer and City and Guilds advocate, Stuart Lee Archer, has called the project “An Essential. It will take you from novice to be able to run the front of house in any coffee shop” and “The foundation of product knowledge in areas of Coffee, Tea, Chocolate and Smooothies”. Meaning that this project has the backing of an official trainer, and should come with all the skills and knowledge needed to run the front of shop for the desired café.
The course is bound to attract a mixed audience of baristas looking to further their training, people looking to open their own coffee shop and others who simply want a foot in the door of the café industry, but lack the experience or know how prior to taking the course.
The Beverage Standards Association first began this training course as part of their goal to improve industry standards and to give people the chance to get involved in a rather specialised industry that requires an expert knowledge and experience. This in turn gives Café Customers a much better experience with more skilled baristas who know what they are doing from the word go.
The course has already proven a success with fourteen of its candidates, who are now fully trained and equipped for the café industry (Fully BSA and City and Guilds approved).
Interested, Click Here to find out where your nearest training centre is and get yourself on the road to being a barista!