Introductory and professional barista courses at Truth Coffee in Cape Town

If coffee is simply your hobby or you dream of making it a full-time career, the barista courses at Truth Coffee Academy taught by expert barista trainers are just what you need to take your skills to a whole new level. Whether that means showing how to put that gleaming Italian espresso machine in your kitchen […]

If coffee is simply your hobby or you dream of making it a full-time career, the barista courses at Truth Coffee Academy taught by expert barista trainers are just what you need to take your skills to a whole new level. Whether that means showing how to put that gleaming Italian espresso machine in your kitchen through its paces, or helping you to become a fully-fledged barista that can churn out a perfect flat for the masses, is up to you.

Highlights

  • Truth Coffee was chosen by the Daily Telegraph as the world’s best coffee shop.
  • Pull a shot just like the pros.
  • Learn how to stretch milk in theory and practice.
  • Demonstration of making a basic espresso.
  • Learn about roasting, cupping, equipment and milk preparation.

Duration

Barista Introductory Course – 4 hours (10am -2pm)

Professional Barista Course – 5 days

Schedule

Barista Introductory Course:

  • 6 November 2017
  • 9 November 2017
  • 18 November 2017
  • 12 December 2017
  • 14 December 2017

Professional Barista Course:

  • 23 – 27 October 2017
  • 30 October – 3 November 2017
  • 13 – 17 November 2017
  • 20 – 24 November 2017
  • 26 November – 1 December 2017
  • 4 – 8 December 2017

Price

Barista Introduction:

R650 p.p.

Professional Barista Course:

R6000 p.p.

Overview

“There are few cafés in the world as stunning as Truth, a steampunk inspired artisan coffee shop that is filled from top to bottom with metal piping and quirky old machinery. But people don’t just flock there for the décor…” So starts the rave review by The Telegraph, who named Truth Café the best coffee shop in the world in 2016. Of course, there’s far more to this destination than infinite Instagram opportunities. Truth’s hand-roasted coffees are supplied to some of the best restaurants and hotels across the country – and are the preferred poison of countless at-home coffee addicts’ morning cups.

Spreading the love – and knowledge – The Truth Coffee Academy offers folks the chance to broaden their knowledge on the subject and learn all the ins and outs needed to become baristas in their own right – whether they want to simply learn how to make the meanest flat whites at home or are thinking of making coffee a career. And that ain’t no lie.

Schedule Barista Introductory Course:

As the barista trainers at the coffee academy love saying, there’s no point in having a sports car in your garage if you don’t know how to drive it. Sure espresso machines look cool in your kitchen, but if you don’t know your handle from your basket filter, chances are likely that you’ll either end up making terrible coffee, or worse, put that mean machine into early retirement. Aimed at owners of espresso machines – or those who are seriously considering buying one – this introductory course focuses on all the stages of making killer espressos.

Beginning at the beginning, you’ll learn about different coffee beans and how different roasting methods affect their taste; then how to take apart your coffee grinder and experiment with ground sizes to get the taste you prefer. There’ll be a run-down of the different components of your machine, how to look after them and what can go wrong (quite a lot, actually). And then the extraction high-jinx starts. Basically, the way you ‘pull’ an espresso shot makes a huge difference to the end product. You don’t want a bitter, over-extracted shot, but you don’t want a weak one either. Playing around, you’ll learn how to find that sweet spot. Once you have the espresso part down, you’ll move onto milk stretching (a technical term for aerating milk with that steamer nozzle that makes those funny noises) a technique that’ll enable you to make your dinner-party guests everything from cortados and macchiatos to flat whites and lattes. Speaking of, you’ll learn the trick to pouring latte art like a pro. No big deal if yours ends up looking more like a duck than a swan. It’s all part of the fun.

Professional Barista Course experience:

So, you’re ready to realise that dream of opening your own coffee shop. Or, you’re thinking of changing careers. This course, aimed at professionals, will give you the qualification to make it happen. Over the course of 5 days, you’ll learn everything it takes to hack it in the coffee industry. Setting the foundation, there’ll be theory lessons of the history behind coffee, how and where coffee beans are grown and harvested, and the way the industry has evolved through the years. Special attention will also be given to helping you understand different bean profiles, and how professionals go about discerning these unique flavour and taste characteristics in cupping sessions. Cupping ultimately helps roasters to create the best blends suited to different brewing methods (we’ve come a long way since the plunger, folks). Because your plan is to make coffee a career, there’ll be an in-depth discussion of all the tools you need to ply your trade, including a barista kit, bean grinder and espresso machine. There’ll also be lots of on-hand training happening. Everything from learning how to grind beans and pull perfect espresso shots to how to microtexture milk (the fancy term for aerating milk to give it that velvety texture) and why presentation is such an important part of pouring the perfect coffee (this is where latte art comes in). Teaching you how to clean your espresso machine and how often you should do it, is also super important (dirty machines make bad coffee and can even lead them to breaking). Once you’ve worked through all the coffee recipes required from a typical barista menu, there is a written theory test and a practical presentation (good luck!) which will be graded by the trainers. If you pass with 85% or more, collect your certification and do a little happy dance: you’re now a barista.

 

What’s included

  • Barista manual
  • Coffee every day
  • Cupping session

What’s not included

  • Transportation
  • Gratuity
  • Lunch not included

Important Information

  • Latte art is not guaranteed nor focused on
  • Lunch not included
  • Be on time!
  • The introductory barista course accommodates a minimum of 1 person and maximum of 6 people
  • The professional barista course accommodates a minimum of 1 person and maximum of 4 people

 

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Photography: Kleinjan Groenewald