Called to the bar

North Shields roastery Baristocracy Coffee has launched an introductory course for would-be baristas and a new programme of coffee appreciation sessions for coffee lovers.

The barista course is aimed at industry newbies and is run by Baristocracy founder Alex Forsyth. The 2.5-hour course covers everything from setting up an espresso machine to pulling shots and texturing milk. 

Alex and his partner Kate are also hosting coffee appreciation sessions for coffee lovers on the first and third Saturdays of every month from June 18. The sessions include a coffee cupping workshop where you can learn about flavour and build your tasting vocabulary. You can learn how different brewing methods affect flavour profile and presence in the cup, and explore the professionals’ secrets to improving your home brewing. The 90-min sessions are available for up to six people and cost £30 each.

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