With a commitment for creating more bespoke training opportunities for our baristas, we have launched a new dedicated training centre in London for our Barista Academy.
The exciting space includes eight functioning stations for teaching, a range of hand-built espresso machines, brewing equipment and a reverse osmosis water-filtration system. Our highly-skilled barista training team are all Speciality Coffee Association-qualified trainers who deliver fully certificated training to teams.
Jana Slamova, Barista Academy Manager said: “The Barista Academy mission is to help teams to enhance their coffee knowledge, the quality of the coffee they serve and the way in which they serve it. The training centre is a fantastic space and we can’t wait for all our baristas and aspiring baristas to use the space to learn and develop their skills”.
Noel Mahony, co-chief executive said: “BaxterStorey’s passion for coffee and training has not only spearheaded great quality coffee offers to clients, but has also placed our baristas in the highest tier of coffee specialists within the UK. We will continue to evolve our training to encompass the best of quality and delivery of hot beverages throughout our business, one cup at a time.”
The launch event saw our Academy teams come together to showcase the space to industry colleagues. The Service Academy, led by Gabrielle Le Roux, programme manager, provided a seamless service, serving Cremant de Loire NV of Domaine Agnes sparkling wine.
Canapés were inspired by Kenya Gathaithi AB Hand Roasted coffee beans, and included cold pressed coffee, charred gilt head bream with cherry mandarins and Kenyan Arabica, smoked banana, popcorn. The menu was expertly created by our talented chef team, led by Andrew Aston, exec head chef and Matt Hay, chef director.
The Barista Academy team gave guests a taste of coffee action. Derek Buckley, regional barista trainer hosted a lively Latte Art throw down, with Jane Donachy from UAL being crowned champion. 2018 UK barista semi-finalist George Chatzianastasiou mixed up delicious espresso martini’s and 2017 BaxterStorey barista champion Egle Skutskye held a coffee sensory challenge.