Young baristas set to brew up a storm in new competition


Young baristas set to brew up a storm in new competition

Young people from across Scotland will brew up a storm as they showcase their barista skills in an event which is believed to be unique in the north of Scotland.

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Aberdeen-based Caber Coffee has spearheaded a schools’ barista competition to shine a light on the efforts of young people, with many schools from Aberdeen City, Shire and Moray warming up to take part in the event at Maryculter House on March 12th.

The family-run company is already closely linked to numerous schools thanks to its creation of a special equipment package, training and support for education settings which offer the SVQ Barista Skills qualification.  As well as honing practical skills which young people can use after their school years, the qualification has also been developed into a revenue stream for some schools.

Commenting on the creation of the competition, Caber Coffee Managing Director Findlay Leask said: “The day will provide an important platform to celebrate the achievements of learners, and the passion they are finding for barista skills.

“We are delighted that so many companies and organisations have come on board and supported the idea in numerous ways already.  Our hope now is that others will see this as an excellent opportunity to come along and engage with the next generation of talent which will sustain the hospitality sector moving forward.  

“We have an open invitation to employers from the hospitality and Food & Drink sectors to come and inspire these young people about the great careers which exist in the industry and stimulate them to use their barista skills as a first step towards exciting things.”

Margo Milne, Director, Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) North East said: “The Barista Challenge is a particularly strong example of industry, partners and young people coming together. The challenge itself is set to be great fun, however it is also hugely important in terms of what it offers the young people in terms of skills development, confidence building and networking. For those pupils who are taking the Barista Skills course at school, the challenge is an excellent opportunity for them to showcase their abilities and take their learning to the next level. I wish all teams the very best of luck!”

Caber Coffee is the main sponsor of the competition which is also supported by Aimers Coffee & Tea, Sanremo Coffee Machines, Maryculter House, Aberdeen For a Fairer World MDEC, NESCAN Hub, Developing the Young Workforce North East and Just Transition Communities Project.

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