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BaxterStorey launches dedicated Barista Academy to meet quality coffee demand

Foodservice provider BaxterStorey has launched a new, devoted training space at its London office in London’s Gray’s Inn Road to meet the increasing demand for training in Barista coffee making from the business. The centre, which opened this week, includes eight functioning stations for teaching, a range of hand-built espresso machines, brewing equipment and a reverse osmosis water- filtration system.

Since its inception in 2009, the academy has trained over 300 employees a year on average in the art of coffee service. The BaxterStorey barista training team are all Speciality Coffee Association-qualified trainers who deliver fully certificated training to teams. The new training centre joins BaxterStorey’s already award-winning learning and development initiatives including the Chef Academy and the recently launched Service Academy.

Jana Slamova, Barista Academy Manager said the new space created for the Barista Academy supported the business’s passion for fresh food with beautifully made coffee: “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 contract in Brussels recently finished first and second in the 2018 Belgium Barista Championship, and first-placed Remy Poirot will now go on to represent Belgium at the prestigious World Barista Championship 2018, which is being held in Amsterdam in June.

Noel continued: “Our mission is that everyone in our business that touches coffee service will have undertaken training with the academy team. We will continue to evolve our training to encompass the best of quality and delivery of hot beverages throughout our business, one cup at a time.”

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