A pioneering group of students recently completed the first session of the OCN Level 2 Barista Skills course at South West College, Dungannon campus.

The course has prepared this group with all the skills required to enter a fast-growing speciality area in the hospitality industry, with demand for talented baristas high and the culture of how people drink coffee expanding to new flavours, blends and varieties.

Scott King, lecturer for the course and proprietor of The Craic’d Pot in Armagh, discussed the benefits of being a part of this course:

“It’s a very practical, hands-on course. Most of the students came from a vocational background and the course has encouraged both emerging skill sets and ongoing skill sets using the machine facilities at Dungannon campus. This course has expanded the students’ knowledge of the many different types of coffee and tea available. They have also learned to develop their customer relations skills with a focus on being bespoke and tailor-made to each customer’s order.”

Scott King
Lecturer at SWC
A selection of the coffees produced by SWC students as part of their assessment for the course.

Scott described the format of the class as ‘free flowing’ with plenty of open dialog and discussion in a fun environment.

With endless opportunities available across hotels, coffee shops, and even the potential to develop your own business – this is an excellent course for anyone wishing to retrain or upskill in their barista skills.

Latte art
A fantastic example of latte art from one of the Barista course students at SWC.

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