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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NEW | COURSE 2

Home Barista Course

Perfect if you are looking to make barista style coffee at home! If you have a bean to cup machine, or dream of having one.

In a nutshell:

  • Overview of speciality coffee
  • Selecting the right coffee for you
  • The 11 Steps to the perfect espresso
  • How to dial in your coffee beans to perfection
  • Drink making time
  • Milk texturing practical

Duration & attendees:

The In-Person Session will take place in our Training Room over two and half hours for up to 4 people.

During this session, you’ll be under guidance of our trainer and our senior barista.

Choose your own complimentary bag of EDGE coffee to get to work at home with your new skills!

Ask about discounts for group bookings

Course details:

  • Course duration: 2.5 hours
  • One-time cost: £65
  • Complimentary coffee to take home
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Course 3

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 4

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.