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Training vital to secure Cornish coffee boom

Published: February 13, 2017

Cornwall College Saltash 16-18

A Cornish coffee company has emphasised the need for specialist training in optimising the opportunities in the growing market.

As part of the education and training process, Professional Cookery students from Cornwall College Saltash were invited to Cornish Coffees head office in Redruth to gain an insight into the global coffee industry and its growing importance in the region.

“It was great to have the students here and to assist with helping them understand the industry as a whole,” said Barista at Cornish Coffee, Marcon Ullenan.

“The coffee industry is growing and it is a market that is becoming more and more popular in the region.”

The students were also given the opportunity to develop some barista skills, which are highly sought after in the South West and beyond.

“Training is key to the perfect coffee,” Marcon continued.

“A barista’s role is an exacting skill, one that requires rehearsal and precision timing.”

Former Marine Academy student Cory McNeil, who is taking the Level 3 Technical Diploma in Professional Cookery at the college, said it was “great to gain in depth knowledge on the background of coffee”.

“We saw a batch of coffee beans being roasted in the machines which gave us a good understanding of the process, I was surprised it only took twelve minutes,” he continued.

“We then discussed different types of coffee and their origins, coffee art and serving coffee in the Barista style. I felt really engaged in the training, it is really good that we are able to go into the industry and learn directly from the professionals.”

Team Lead for Hospitality and Professional Cookery at Cornwall College Saltash, Chris Penk, said the day was “a great opportunity for our students to gain further knowledge of the provision within the food and beverage service at the same time as experiencing employer engagement”.

“Cornish Coffee are one of our supplies, we would like to thank them for inviting us in and giving our students the chance to experience roasting coffee and pouring a variety of coffees from Lattes, to Cappuccino and Americano’s. It is fantastic for them to see a global industry from a local perspective,” he added.


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