A Masterclass in coffee-making

Get a world-class EDGucation at our accredited coffee courses

Welcome to the EDGE Training Academy!

Whether you’re an americano aficionado keen to produce the perfect kitchen cup, or a budding home barista looking to brew coffee so good it attracts its own cult following, our coffee training courses can help. Our coffee courses cover both the hands-on, practical side of coffee-making and the more theoretical aspects of where coffee comes from, and how it’s produced and processed. We limit our group sizes so you get one-on-one feedback from our trainers delivered in a learning environment that’s as informative as it is informal. Our ‘Edgucation’ courses are Beverage Standards Association Approved Centre which allows us to offer both the City & Guilds VRQ Level 2 Barista Skills Course and the BSA’s Accredited Level 1 Barista Skills Course.
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Course 1

Introduction to coffee

We all begin somewhere, and if you’re looking to build on your passion for coffee, there’s no better place to start!

Who it’s for:

  • Anyone interested in a fun, informal introduction to the world of coffee
  • Beginners and enthusiasts wanting to upgrade their knowledge
  • Group experiences and creative gifts

What to expect:

  • An engaging journey into the origins and varieties of coffee, the processing techniques and the incredible impact this all has on final taste
  • A spin around the flavour wheel during our cupping and tasting sessions to help you identify the different notes our beans have
  • An engaging tour of our roastery, with a fascinating talk on our roasting process
  • Take-home knowledge on how to get the best out of your coffee beans and make an enviable cuppa
  • A complimentary bag of coffee at the end of the day

Course details

  • Course duration: 2 hours
  • When: 2:30pm on the first Thursday of every month
  • One-time cost: £45

Planning on bringing friends? Ask about our group discounts!

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Course 2

The Coffee Connoisseur - BSA Accredited

Fully certified by the Beverage Standards Association (BSA), this course gives you everything you need to get through the door and behind the counter as a barista at your favourite coffee shops.

If you’re keen to learn the key skills of the coffee-creating craft, this is where you make it happen!

The course is aimed at commercial espresso machine users but keen home baristas are welcome too.

Who it’s for:

  • Anyone who has just bought, or is thinking of buying, an espresso machine and wants to get top results from the get-go
  • Anyone planning to work at, or open, a cafe

What to expect:

  • Coffee 101: varieties, origins and flavours you need to know
  • Why freshness is the single biggest taste factor
  • Picking the perfect machine and grinder
  • Getting down to the grind - choosing your grind level
  • Dialling in espresso machines - calibrating, water quantities and temperature
  • The NUMBER crucial steps to producing your espresso
  • Making the most of milk - texturing and foaming techniques to learn
  • The barista menu - classic drinks and how to make them
  • Looking after your kit - machine maintenance

Course details:

  • Course duration: 6 hours, starting at 9:30am
  • One-time cost: £175
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Course 3

Level 2 Barista course

This three day accredited City and Guilds Barista Training Course will see you learning everything there is to know about being a Barista and help you to master your craft.

Fun and informative, complete this course and you’ll be well on your journey to becoming a world-class crafter of coffee!

Who it’s for:

  • Beginner Baristas keen to develop their tea & coffee knowledge
  • Professionals requiring practical skills and certified results (group learning available)
  • Anyone looking to gain practical skills on coffee machines

What to expect:

DAY 1

Morning

  • Coffee 101 - history, origins and migration
  • Hands-on learning with industry-level coffee machines
  • The vital importance of making the perfect espresso
  • Building your arsenal - the equipment to know inside-out
  • Making your menu - a step-by-step run-through of each classic barista beverage.

LUNCH

Afternoon:

  • Taking espressos to the next level with delightfully textured milk

    DAY 2

    Morning:

    • Starting the day right with delicious filter coffee
    • From crop to pot - comprehensive tea tasting session
    • Cultivating the perfect brewing conditions
    • The wonderful world of chocolate - from cocoa bean to coffee cup

    LUNCH

    Afternoon:

    • Smoothie best practices
    • Get let loose with some delicious fruity ingredients and our commercial blender
    • Exam and practical assessment prep with help from your Barista Training Manager

    DAY 3

    Morning:

    • Conquering customer service: meeting the multi-tasking expectations of a pro barista
    • How to care for your machines to keep them creating coffee like clockwork

    BUFFET LUNCH

    • Practical assessment - making the 7 drinks that you’ve learned on the course
    • 20-question written exam based on the information you’ve learned
    • Same-day results, with either pass, merit or distinction awarded
    • Official City & Guilds Barista Training Certificate (dispatched by post)

    Course details:

    • Course duration: 20 hours, split over 3 days
    • One-time cost: £595
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    We’re open for everyone

    Worked up a thirst for delicious local coffee and tea? So have we! Explore our café locations and pop in for a cuppa and a chat – we’d love to see you.