The London School of Coffee, Kingston - City & Guilds VRQ Level 2 in Barista Skills: 25th to the 27th September 2017

Dates: From 25 September 2017 To 27 September 2017

Phone: +44 (0)208 4397 981


This is your opportunity to gain a recognised City & Guilds VRQ Level 2 in Barista Skills at The London School of Coffee, Kingston which is one of the Associations approved UK training centres. This course will be run by our accredited trainer; Colleen Yates.

The qualification centres on coffee and in particular espresso; however, it also incorporates filter coffee; tea; chocolate; juices and smoothies. Four areas of learning are explored: -

  • The background to the raw materials
  • How to produce the range of drinks
  • How to operate, care for and maintain the machinery
  • Customer Service

The information is passed on through a minimum of 20 hours’ classroom time as well as practice in the workplace, before practical and written assessments take place. The training course lasts for three days.

The Beverage Standards Association developed this course as part of their objective to improve Standards in the Industry and to get formal recognition for those who wish to improve their skills and in turn give their customers a better experience. The BSA currently have twelve of our members' businesses equipped and approved to provide the training and assessment for this qualification.

The course will be run by Colleen Yates, a BSA Accredited trainer and if you want to be included on the course, please contact Gayle Reed to discuss the course further and make your booking.

You can read what the course covers at

CafeBiz17 will be held on the 7th November at Old Trafford, Manchester

Date: 07 November 2017

Phone: 07944 161785

Following the success of the inaugural CafeBiz Show in 2016, the Association is pleased to announce that the CafeBiz Show will return on the 7th November at Old Trafford, Manchester.

There will be an opportunity for Association members to have a booth and this will run alongside the Beverage Challenge and the presentation of the 2017 Accolades.

The Association will be working in partnership with European Drinking Water Cooler Association (EDWCA) and this will give both Associations the opportunity to promote improving beverage quality, raising standards and increasing awareness of the benefits of training.

Further to this, there will be a range of seminars covering Pressure System Vessel inspections, City & Guilds training and drink production techniques.

Further information will be available over the coming months and if you wish to register your interest, please contact Cate Chambers on 07944 161785 or email