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NEW! Barista Courses at South Devon College, Paignton

PUBLISHED: 14:01 04 March 2013 | UPDATED: 21:03 05 April 2013

NEW! Barista Courses at South Devon College, Paignton

NEW! Barista Courses at South Devon College, Paignton

Torquay Coffee Roaster Peter Blake, owner of Costa Rica Plantation Coffee Company today announced a brand new partnership with South Devon College to deliver professional barista training in South Devon.

Torquay Coffee Roaster Peter Blake, owner of Costa Rica Plantation Coffee Company today announced a brand new partnership with South Devon College to deliver professional barista training on the English Riviera.


The new training will initially be offered as a series of three one-day sessions over three weeks to the local hospitality industry, then also to college students as an integral part of their catering courses.

Peter Blake, the new owner of the 60-year old local coffee business said, Really good quality, freshly roasted coffee, properly prepared and served has the real potential to grow repeat business and deliver great results for the hospitality industry.

David Galpin of South Devon College in Paignton said, The introduction of the new barista training will greatly enhance our hospitality and catering courses. It will offer greater employment prospects and a broader career path for our students plus developing employees with specialist skills for the local hospitality industry. The provision of excellent, locally roasted and professionally prepared coffee offers growth and excellent profit margins to hospitality businesses great news during the recession.

Figures show that coffee represents a growing business opportunity with an increasing market for good quality coffee.



  • The coffee shop market grew by 7.5% in 2012 with 5.8bn in turnover

  • One in five people now visit coffee shops on a daily basis compared with one in nine in 2009.

  • They drink an average of three cups of coffee shop coffee per week


The pilot course with expert trainer Anicca ONions has already taken place and included delegates from Paignton Zoo, Green Leaf Caf Torquay, Horizon Restaurant and South Devon Colleges own catering department.

Anicca said, Professional barista training is a real first for the English Riviera and will richly repay the investment as quality coffee is very much a growth area that shows no signs of slowing down.

On successful completion of the course, which includes a written and practical test in week 3, participants will receive the Barista Skills VRQ Level 2 qualification awarded by City and Guilds together with the Beverage Service Association.

The course is suitable for all those working or who want to work in the industry as well as interested hobbyists. Each class will have a maximum of eight students.

Budding baristas will learn:



  • How to operate an expresso machine correctly

  • How to calibrate a coffee grinder

  • Produce a range of expresso-based drinks including the perfect expresso

  • To prepare and serve juices and smoothies

  • To prepare and serve a range of teas and hot chocolate

  • Customer service techniques

  • All non-alcoholic drinks service

  • Professional caf service


South Devon College will be putting their own lecturers and caf managers through the course too in anticipation of adding the course to their catering syllabus in the next college year.

Forthcoming barista training dates (mainly Mondays over three weeks) are:

22, 29 April and 7 May

3, 10 and 17 June

16, 23, 30 September

The cost is 165 for the three-day course, which runs from 10am to 4.00pm on each of the days. Courses can be booked via South Devon Colleges Helpzone on 08000-380123 or online and details can be found under Catering & Hospitality at

http://southdevon.ac.uk/courses

Information about the freshly roasted coffee, which will be provided by Costa Rica Plantation Coffee Company, can be found at http://www.costa-rica.co.uk

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