Our Barista Trainers

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Gerry Hughes

“I love working in the coffee industry as there are challenges every day from Customer Service to Sales and Product Development”. Gerry has worked in the coffee industry in both Ireland and the UK for the past 20 years (18 with Java Republic). An in-depth understanding of business and a wealth of coffee knowledge has solidified Gerry as one of the best in his field. Being an Authorised trainer (AST) for the SCA has been a pleasure for him, while also acquiring a Diploma in the coffee business. “Being involved as a judge with the Irish in Barista and Latte Art Competitions, as well as facilitating the Irish Barista and Latte Art semi-finals has been a highlight in my career”.

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Milena Bardyn

“Coffee has been in my life from an early age. I am very lucky to work with a product that I like and is my passion.” Milena is originally from Poland. She has been working as a trainer in Java Republic for over a year, but she started her adventure with the professional world of coffee 10 years ago. Milena is an authorised SCA trainer in the Barista Skills module. She was a judge at Irish Brewers, Polish Barista and Coffee in Good Spirits Championships. While working for Java Republic, she had the opportunity to go on a single origin coffee trip to Colombia.

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Maya Rozwadowska

Since 2017, Maya has been immersing herself entirely in the world of coffee, excelling as a barista team leader whilst also sharing her expertise through mentoring and training others in the industry. Her passion continually drives her to innovate and her goal is “to spread happiness through beautifully crafted coffee”. Beyond her professional achievements, Maya’s involvement in national championships, along with her warm and sociable nature, have made her a beloved figure in the coffee community, inspiring others with her dedication and energy.

SCA Courses

At Java Republic, education is at the heart of everything we do. We know that providing a world-class training programme helps ensure that every cup of coffee is served right.

We offer a range of Speciality Coffee Association of Europe (SCA) accredited courses, including a pathway to their prestigious Coffee Diploma. This means our training is measured against the highest possible industry standards for coffee education.

Our SCA Authorised Trainers (AST) deliver a range of courses to suit everyone. We can help staff approaching the coffee machine for the first time, or more experienced baristas looking to further their skill base. We can even help head baristas take their career to the recognised professional standards.

Premier Training Campus

Our on-site training facility is one of the best equipped you will ever see. Aside from a training campus, we also use this facility as our tasting room, where our Quality Team ensures that each and every blend of Java Republic coffee meets the exact and high standards.

We have proudly been awarded the title of Premier Training Campus by the Specialty Coffee Association (SCA). We are delighted to be the first Irish roasting company to receive this certification.

The SCA promotes excellence in quality coffee and only awards Premier Training Campus status to facilities that consistently meet all requirements set out by the programme and demonstrate a calibrated teaching environment to teach within specified standards.

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