The UK’s ‘best organic coffee’, Owens Coffee, has launched a new entry-level barista training course at The Roastery, its home in South Devon. The ‘Entry Level Professional Barista’ course is now available alongside the popular ‘Professional Barista Training’ course which has restarted for the first time since March 2020.
Managing Director, Lorraine Bridden comments: “Over the last few years, the UK consumer has developed high expectations for the standard of coffee they purchase from takeaways, cafes, bars and restaurants. Pitiful instant coffees just don’t cut it anymore but mastering an espresso machine is not an easy task. The hospitality industry is crying out for trained baristas and that is why we have launched these new courses.”
The ‘Entry Level Barista Course’: A brilliant course for those who are new to the art of using a traditional espresso machine and want to learn the fundamentals of espresso brewing in a commercial environment. This two-hour training morning is designed for those with little or no experience to allow them to become a competent barista and develop a career in hospitality. It’s not just about making coffee, there’s the chance to learn about the product in its entirety by developing knowledge of coffee growing, harvesting, processing, roasting and, of course, brewing. The course costs £75 – owenscoffee.com/products/entry-level-barista-course
Owens Coffee’s ‘Expert Professional Barista Training’ course is run on demand; however participants will need to have already passed the ‘Entry Level Barista Course’ or have two years’ experience in hospitality. Courses cost £175 plus VAT and further information can be found at owenscoffee.com/pages/barista-training
Both professional barista training courses are taught by Owens’ SCA (Specialty Coffee Association) qualified barista.
Owens Coffee is 100% Fairtrade and certified organic by the Soil Association. Its roastery is based in Ivybridge, South Devon and customers can visit the roastery shop and takeaway, to enjoy a coffee. Their complete range of whole and ground certified organic coffee beans is available to buy directly from the roastery, online from www.owenscoffee.com and from a wide range of retail outlets. The range includes Owens’ house blends, and specialty single origin coffee and single estate coffee for espresso and filter brewing.
Continuing its commitment to sustainable business practices, in 2018 Owens Coffee moved to a state of the art, environmentally friendly roastery and production facility, which has been built with a focus on sustainable construction and energy, creating a pleasant, warm and inspiring environment for all. This facility is where the barista training courses are taking place.
Owens’ ‘Gara’ coffee beans won ‘Best Organic Coffee’ at the Soil Association’s BOOM Awards in 2019. In 2020, Gara added a Great Taste Award to its collection, and most recently it won a Food Drink Devon Gold Producer Award 2021. ‘Gara’ is ideal for both espresso and filter and is a bold and fruity, medium-dark roasted blend from Central America. The most popular espresso blend of Owens’ range, the beans are roasted slightly darker to bring out notes of fruit, smoke and earth.
Owens Coffee’s range also includes ‘Bantham’, winner of a 2019 Great Taste Award, a smooth and chocolatey, medium roasted blend from South America and Indonesia; ‘Dart’, winner of a 2020 Great Taste Award, a mellow and sweet, darker roasted blend from South America and Africa; and ‘Decaf’, commended at the Taste of the West Awards 2019, refined and chemical-free, darker roasted blend from Latin America, decaffeinated using the Swiss Water® method.
Owens Coffee has been fully committed to sustainability since day one. This is demonstrated in its ‘clean roasted’ coffee: from the raw bean itself and the efficiency of its high-tech roaster, right through to packaging and waste, Owens considers sustainability at every stage of production.
To shop the full range of organic coffees or for further information about Owens Coffee please visit owenscoffee.com or call 01752 897124.