Contract caterer BaxterStorey has launched a dedicated Barista Academy training centre, following the success of its courses.
Since 2009 the academy has trained more than 300 employees a year and to meet the increasing demand, BaxterStorey has set aside a dedicated space in its London office.
The centre includes eight stations for teaching, a range of hand-built espresso machines, brewing equipment and a reverse osmosis water filtration system.
Courses will be delivered by Speciality Coffee Association-qualified trainers and mark the latest investment in training by the contract caterer following its chef and service academies.
Jana Slamova, barista academy manager, said: "The barista academy has trained client teams to enhance their coffee knowledge, the quality of the coffee they serve and the way in which they serve it. The training centre in London is great space and provides a dedicated and professional environment for all our baristas and aspiring baristas in which to learn."
Noel Mahony, co-chief executive of BaxterStorey 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."
Two baristas from BaxterStorey's AXA headquarters in Brussels recently finished first and second in the 2018 Belgium Barista Championship, with first-placed Remy Poirot now going on to represent Belgium at the prestigious World Barista Championship 2018, which is being held in Amsterdam in June.