London Barista Resource and Training
No danger of you forgetting any of the theory – our message is to approach your coffee like you are a cook. Weigh your ingredients, regulate temperatures, time your extractions, clean your equipment, and read and taste as much as you can so you know what you have sourced and love what you are serving.
We’d love to arrange a gift certificate for you. We can send you a reference number that can be used to book in for trainings or to purchase equipment. These can be mailed out as a hard copy, we can send a pdf or make one out in the shop. You may be pleased to hear our training rates include a guest spot in the price.
These are the training resources & services we offer:
- Private Barista Training
- Group Classes and the Saturday/Sunday School
- Large Groups
- Practice Sessions
- Get in Touch / Make a Booking
For barista training where you can put your own group together, we can tailor make the class to you. It is £380 (inclusive VAT and materials) for a half-day training. You may bring up to two additional friends at no extra charge. Every lesson we fill you in on the latest innovations and all the basics that make up a London Barista’s day-to-day.
School starts at 10am with a completely hands on approach. We concentrate on a different area each week. We offer half-day and full-day courses. A half-day course costs £135 (inclusive VAT and materials) per person. A full-day course costs £260 (inclusive VAT and materials). We keep the courses rotating so you can pick and choose or just work your way through each area at your own pace. Here’s the course outline and the monthly rotation:
Workflow (Module 1.1)
This class has a completely hands on approach. It is designed to get trainees functioning at a professional work-rate with a workflow that is clean, precise and efficient. Come prepared for a lot of shot making, tasting and weighing in a simulated café environment.
Recipe Design (Module 1.2)
This half day class focuses on espresso extraction. At this level we dive right into taste and flavour and how we can manipulate these using variables of Temperature, Dose, Time and Grind.
Espresso Theory (Module 1.3)
This course provides advanced practical application of espresso theory. Using refractometry we explore the science of espresso preparation. We examine machine technology and how it interacts with optimal extraction. You will learn how to score your espresso to competition standard for the best taste balance, flavours and texture.
Milk Texturing (Module 2.1)
The milk texturing class is completely hands on, getting you familiar with the machinery and fast and neat with your presentation. There is very little theory involved with great milk texturing. It is all in the practice and repetition. We get you developing muscle memory that has you ‘plating in the cup’ to professional standards in half a day.
Latte Art (Module 2.2)
We love our latte art and our baristas are very experimental and creative with their presentation. Some art on a drink can engage and delight your customers; a sign that the whole process has been performed with precision and pride. It is a great team building exercise learning this craft, and it is much easier than it looks.
Coffee Tasting (Mod. 3.1)
Once you have tasted beans of different origin, variety and processing technique side by side and gotten your head around the terminology, your experiences with coffee can really gain dimension and luxury. Cupping protocols are international and our links to a global coffee community are forged through tastes and flavours and how and why these are in the cup.
Brew Methods (Mod 3.2)
At Prufrock we have developed recipes for all the brew methods available today. In the Brew Methods course we walk you through the technique and theory needed to get the best out of your brew method(s) of choice. At Leather Lane we use Chemex, V60, Clever Dripper, Wood Neck (cloth) filter, Aeropress, Cafetiere, Syphon and we’re always on the lookout for the next best thing.
5th Saturdays: Masterclass
Every now and then there’s a fifth Saturday in the month. Prufrock conducts a special event with a MASTERCLASS by one of our favourite baristas. These events still get very hands on but we like to give the teacher a free reign to teach whatever it is they most feel like sharing from their lives in coffee.
We’ve got over 2000sq feet at Leather Lane to offer large private tastings and socials for a light hearted approach and an overview in modern barista techniques. We have had a lot of fun over the last few months putting on events including public Q&A coffee tastings and barista classes. We do a lot of team building workshops in our Barista Resource and Training Centre (London BRaT) at Leather Lane. For bigger events we usually plan evening sessions to make use of the cafe area from 6pm onwards after we close up shop. Prufrock can tailor make courses to any size or shape.
We’ll help you get your head around the modern barista’s vernacular. We can train you in ways of describing what you taste and of choosing which brew method is best for you. Once you have tasted beans with different varietals and processing techniques side by side, your experiences with coffee can really gain luxury and dimension.
Our centre for Barista Resource and Training works a bit like a music rehearsal studio. An hourly charge is there for people that want to train on professional machines un-assisted, whether in preparation for competition or for brushing up your latte art prior to a cafe launch or even as an opportunity to trial machines from different manufactures side by side.
If you are interested in any of our services, please don’t hesitate to contact us:
Training Enquiries: email@example.com
Telephone: +44 207 242 0467