Crema rises to top in barista train­ing

Pilbara News - - Pilbara News - Ali­cia Perera

■ Kar­ratha Se­nior High School is making sure its Year 11 Cer­tifi­cate II Hos­pi­tal­ity stu­dents are one step ahead with thor­ough barista train­ing in their stud­ies.

Pre­pare and Serve Espresso Cof­fee is an elec­tive unit in the two-year VET Hos­pi­tal­ity course, but the school has pur­chased a com­mer­cial cof­fee ma­chine for train­ing the baris­tas of the fu­ture.

Teacher Alexandra Gal­lagher said this was a fun­da­men­tal hos­pi­tal­ity skill for stu­dents to learn early on.

“I iden­ti­fied that one of the key skills needed in the hos­pi­tal­ity in­dus­try was the abil­ity to con­fi­dently op­er­ate a com­mer­cial cof­fee ma­chine,” she said.

“When stu­dents go and seek work while at school, af­ter they fin­ish school or while study­ing af­ter school, most cafes, restau­rants and pubs have a cof­fee ma­chine they will need to be able to use.

“They can go into the job with con­fi­dence and be one step ahead when ap­ply­ing for jobs.”

The 37 hos­pi­tal­ity stu­dents are us­ing their skills in two-week work place­ments at lo­cal restau­rants and cafes.

Stu­dent Chevy Moke, 16, said learn­ing cof­fee-making would help with her am­bi­tions.

“I want to work in a restau­rant when I fin­ish school and I love this course and en­joyed learn­ing how to use a cof­fee ma­chine,” she said.

Pic­ture: Alexandra Gal­lagher

Alyssa DeCata­nia, 16, and Chanelle Reilly, 16, in barista train­ing at Kar­ratha Se­nior High School.

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