Royston Coffee House offers Food Safe, barista training

New coffee house in Royston offers Food Safe and barista training courses

Dyan Spink and Gaetane Palardy at the  Royston Roasting Company's new Coffee House.

Dyan Spink and Gaetane Palardy at the Royston Roasting Company's new Coffee House.

Royston Roasting Company’s new Coffee House has teamed with Island Gourmet Trails owner and chef/teacher Gaetane Palardy to offer the B.C. certification Food Safe course.

Palardy is a certified trainer in Food Safe Level 1 and the café is providing the perfect venue for participants to learn inside a food service environment.

“Summer is coming and most Comox Valley restaurants, cafes and food concessions are looking for employees who must have their BC Food Safe certification to work in the industry,” says Royston Coffee House owner Dyan Spink.

Who should take Food Safe?

“Not just restaurant and food service workers, but high school students looking for work, community volunteers and even your backyard barbeque chef who prepares food for family and friends can benefit from knowing how to prevent food-borne illnesses,” Palardy said.

The first Level 1 course will be held Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Royston Roasting Company Coffee House, 3904 Island Highway S. Cost is $99, which includes a BC Certificate, Food Safe Manual, lunch and beverages. Pre-registration is required in person, or at 250-338-7511 or

From 9 a.m.—3 p.m. June 10, Spink will offer her barista course which will teach all aspects of espresso, cappuccino, specialty coffees, teas, iced drinks preparation and all-around café operation and equipment maintenance. Participants will receive a barista certificate and a work experience shift in the café.

“Two of our former barista students got jobs and travelled and worked in cafes all over Australia and New Zealand. We have also received calls from local cafes in the past to send the trained baristas to them for employment opportunities,” Spink said.

The course is $90. Location and registration as above.

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