Barista Skills – Coffee Training

Stuart Lee-Archer of Pumphreys Coffee has put together a series of videos. These are designed to help people understand home brewing; although, the Barista skills are applicable for working in a commercial business.

Barista skills

Pumphreys are at the following locations.

Unfortunately, our coffee shop, showroom and training centre are currently closed for visits due to the current covid-19 social distancing measures. Please contact us for details.

Pumphreys Coffee Centre & Brewing Emporium

Currently Closed for all trade

9am-5.30pm Monday – Saturday

Mrs Pumphreys Curious Leaves Tea Shoppe

Currently Closed for all trade

9am-5.30pm Monday – Saturday

City & Guilds Barista Skills VRQ Information

Pumphreys are on the Beverage Standards Association Approved Training Centres for City & Guilds Barista Skills VRQ courses. A VRQ is a ‘Foundation’ qualification and is usually workplace related. The qualification involves both classroom-based learning as well as the craft skills required for a Professional Barista. A ‘Level 2’ qualification indicates an introductory level knowledge. More advanced skills may be covered in the future by a ‘Level 3’ qualification.

What does the qualification cover?

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 of theory & practical. Practice in the workplace, before practical and written assessments take place.  The training course lasts for three days.