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City & Guilds launches barista qualification

To tap into the UK's burgeoning cafe culture, which has seen a big increase in the number of outlets serving espresso-based coffee, City & Guilds has teamed up with the Beverage Services Association and Kenco to develop a Level 2 VRQ in Barista Skills.

Darrin Sinclair, product manager at City & Guilds, said: "The need for this qualification was identified by the hospitality industry several years ago as Britain is often criticised for the quality of its coffee by tourists.

"Now, good baristas are in demand and, like Australians, Americans and continental Europeans, the British consumer is becoming more demanding about their coffee and the way it is made. Baristas have to be good and it's important their standards are recognised."

The qualification, launched at last week's Caffé Culture event at Olympia, is made up of four learning outcomes:

  • Demonstrate product knowledge
  • Clean and check equipment
  • Drink making techniques
  • Customer service

City & Guilds recommends 20 guided learning hours to complete the qualification which is expected to be offered in colleges from September.

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