Fall series barista, Foodsafe courses starting

Royston Roasting Coffee House owner Dyan Spink together with café manager Natasha Mew are offering the coffee barista course.

Gaetane Palardy

Starting Sunday, Sept. 13, Royston Roasting Coffee House owner Dyan Spink together with café manager Natasha Mew will offer the coffee barista course.

The one-day course appeals to a number of people looking at entering the café business, or learning more about coffee and the art of espresso. There are also employment and travel opportunities that come with being a fully-trained and skilled barista.

“We also get a lot of small, independent restaurant and café owners inquiring and sending newly-hired staff to take our course, as it is often hard to dedicate the time and high cost required to train someone while keeping a busy café on the go,” says Spink.

“Because we are also an artisan roastery, I love how all of our students leave not just knowing how to make that perfect foam on a cappuccino, but every aspect of the coffee story from green bean to cup,” says Mew, who is the company’s head coffee roaster.

The course runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 3904 Island Hwy S. in Royston. Cost is $110 which includes supplies, training, barista manual, certificate and a light lunch.

The 2015 BC Foodsafe Level 1 course will be held Sunday, Sept. 27, same time, same location. Cost is $120.

“The Coffee House Café is the perfect venue for participants to learn inside an actual working restaurant,” says Island Gourmet Trails owner and chef/teacher Gaetane Palardy, who brings hands-on experience and real-life examples to her teaching style and passion for the food service industry.

Register in person at the coffee house until 2 p.m. daily. Phone 250-871-8666 or email Spink at  roystonroasting@gmail.com.

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