Compass Group UK & Ireland, has been accredited as a Premier Training Campus in the UK and is the first contract catering company to achieve the endorsement.
Compass' headquarters in Chertsey will become a base for the Speciality Coffee Association's (SCA) training, and to receive the prestigious accreditation it had to ensure the provision of a faultless education environment, including the very best in espresso, brewing and water treatment equipment, as well as a perfect atmosphere in which baristas can learn.
In addition, Sonia Carvalho, head of hot beverage at Compass Group UK & Ireland, has achieved Authorised SCA Trainer (AST) accreditation, joining an elite group of coffee professionals from across the UK.
"By receiving both Premier Campus and AST accreditation, Compass will ensure the highest quality of training for its baristas, representing an important step in the development of its coffee offer, as well as the careers of its colleagues. Foundation SCA training is mandatory for all baristas in Compass' developed coffee brands - namely Peak St., Crackle & Hum and Caffé Dallucci, while higher standards of training will now be available to those baristas who want to further their skills".
Carvalho, added: "I am excited to be joining this group of coffee training experts and, more importantly, to start providing this high level of training to our passionate colleagues. This is great news for the business, our baristas and ultimately, our customers, who will benefit from coffee prepared by our highly trained colleagues."
Compass recently opened registration for its first barista academy, within the business. Once established, the academy will become a source of best practice, used alongside the advanced educational capabilities of the SCA Premier Training Campus and Sonia Carvalho's training accreditation to keep raising the standard of Compass coffee offer.