Introducing the 2016 Accreditation and Beverage Standards Challenge - 22/03/2016

The Beverage Standards Association has released its training and National Accreditation Standards Scheme for 2016. This leads to The Beverage Challenge on Thursday, 10th Novemner at The CAFEBIZ Show, Old Trafford. You can see all the exciting developments for this show at

As in previous years, the accreditation scheme, suitable for all out of home outlets, will result in BSA's Cup rankings, similar to the hotel star system.

The Cups are a recognisable symbol at the entrance to the outlet.  If a cafe, for example, has four cups the customer will know its beverage, service and facilities are assessed as being Exceptional and Five Cups is Outstanding and award winners.

Steve Slark, chairman of the BSA comments "We urge all beverage outlets to enter the accreditation system in order to have their premises and staff assessed by our highly trained assessor team led by the BSA's Jon Skinner".

The BSA was the instigator and is now the leading promoter of the City and Guilds accreditation certificate for baristas. There is a call in some coffee sectors to offer an apprenticeship-based course which clearly should be encouraged at the higher end level. For the majority of coffee providers as a revenue stream, such as high street coffee shops, garden centre cafes and the like, the City and Guilds Barista skill level 2 VRQ course offers all the requirements needed to offer a higher standard beverage, and levels of customer service that the industry should aspire to and offer a minimum standard".

The BSA has 12 training centres in the UK with more to join over the next few months. The three day course costs approximately £450 plus VAT, which can be commercially offset by raising the standards of any establishment.

For further information on this year's Accreditation process and The CAFEBIZ show please contact Cate Chambers on 07944 161785 or email

Updated: 11th April 2016
Added: 22nd March 2016