Crema rises to top in barista training
■ 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.
Alyssa DeCatania, 16, and Chanelle Reilly, 16, in barista training at Karratha Senior High School.