Two weeks on and I’m still buzzing after teaching the SCA Barista Intermediate module at this year’s highly successful Barista Camp of Europe. It’s always a great experience and this year was no exception.
Organised by the fantastic team of Barista Guild of Europe , the Barista Camp is the perfect education platform for all coffee enthusiasts around the globe to attend SCA Coffee Diploma System courses.
The BGE team always find amazing locations around Europe to hold a week of SCA courses, consisting of various modules like Barista, Brewing, Sensory, etc. This year we headed to the Hotel Remes in Poznan, Poland. An Incredible venue, we had it all to ourselves! The Hotel accommodation was fantastic for the events activities, set in beautiful countryside, surrounded by green fields.
A great place to learn and have fun, the camp is about more than just courses. During the week the students had challenges, tastings and lectures with speakers sharing their experiences and knowledge on different subjects, most of them of course coffee related.
The Camp is also that place and time of the year where you can met old friends from coffee community and share your thoughts and exchange ideas. I was invited again to lead the SCA Barista Intermediate course, but this time I had my own personal challenge, launching the new Barista curriculum, just recently updated after the unification of SCAA & SCAE.
It went really well with many changes for the good. I would especially like to thank the Barista creators group who worked hard on it. It wouldn’t be possible to run this course at the highest professional levels if I didn’t have the huge support and assistant from my colleagues- ASTs: Sonali Tailor, Simon Stas, Trish Ferguson and Regine Guion-Firmin. A massive thank you guys. You are the best team ever!
Also a huge thanks goes out to the sponsors! From Espresso Machines (Simonelli, San Remo, Wega) to Coffee Roaster (Five Elephant, Climpson & Sons, D. Origin, Cuperus, Hot Pipes, etc.). Thanks to you, all my students had the opportunity to use the latest technology on espresso machines and taste the most beautiful of coffees.
Having the opportunity to represent my company Java Republic and Ireland at the Barista Camp it was an honour and a pleasure.
See you all campers next year .