Courses and experiences

Training as a professional barista – or just looking for some fun time out? At Dark Horse Roastery you can be immersed in the world of coffee and enjoy lively, interactive experiences, workshops and professional courses to help you develop or hone your barista skills.

We have decades of experience in training and coaching, and are affiliated with both the SCA and City & Guilds. And we love sharing our skills and knowledge.

Roastery experience

A three-hour immersive discovery and tasting workshop

Includes coffee on arrival and a free bag of your favourite coffee.

Experience the transformation of a raw, dense, green seed to a beautiful, brown, roasted bean, packed full of flavour and character.

Join with a small and friendly group as we explore Dark Horse Roastery coffees' origins and journeys. Discover how we do justice to the dedication and hard work of the coffee farmers. Take part in roasting and profiling, then cupping and tasting, to sample the coffees' wonderful diversity.

When?
Friday or Saturday morning from 10.00 am – 1.00 pm.

How much?
£55 per person or £95 for two.

How many people?
No more than eight.

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Barista experience

A fun, hands-on, three-hour workshop for coffee-lovers

Includes coffee on arrival and a free bag of your favourite coffee.

Impress your friends, family and work colleagues with barista-level drinks! From selecting the right beans for your taste preference and your coffee-brewing equipment to the very important extraction theory, and how it can be applied, we'll show you everything you need to know to brew the very finest coffee every day!

You'll learn about milk texturing and pouring simple latte art too before working through the most popular drinks on the barista’s menu.

When?
Friday or Saturday morning from 10.00 am – 1.00 pm

How much?
£55 per person or £95 for two.

How many people?
No more than eight.

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Professional barista – beginner

A three-hour course for anyone new to barista work.

In this course you will develop the core skills of the professional barista and what you need to know to prepare the full barista's menu. It covers how to: recognise and achieve good extraction and flavour, prepare perfectly textured milks, and build all the drinks on the menu.

We will also go through work flow and efficiency, and how to clean and look after your equipment.

When?
Various dates

How much?
£75 per person.
Group rates available.

How many people?
No more than six.

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Professional barista – advanced

A three-hour workshop for baristas looking to expand their knowledge and role.

Are you a professional looking to develop in the field of speciality coffee and take on responsibility in the workplace for the coffee area? This course will build on the skills learnt in Barista basics to include a more detailed understanding of espresso, including brew ratios and equipment calibration.

We will work on next-level latte art skills and cover light maintenance, troubleshooting and tips for training others. We highly recommend that every business has at least one professional barista on shift.

When?
Various dates

How much?
£95 per person.

How many people?
No more than four.

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City & Guilds Level 2 Award in Barista Skills

A three day professional training course

Provides 20 hours of learning over three days, including workplace practice and a formal practical and written assessment.

Dark Horse Roastery is accredited by City & Guilds to deliver this comprehensive, professional barista course. Train with us for a fully immersive, lively programme that will educate, engage the senses, develop new skills and give you a real sense of achievement.

You'll learn about the background to all the barista's raw ingredients, expert skills to craft a coffee menu, cleaning and light maintenance of equipment, speed, organisation and customer service.

We have teamed up with our hot chocolate and tea suppliers to bring the course fully to life.

When?
Various dates

How much?
£650 per person

How many people?
No more than 3

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