Looking to polish your home brewing skills? We’ve handpicked some of the best workshops and masterclasses across the country where you can practise with the pros
Baristocracy Coffee, Tyne and Wear
This family-run roastery in North Shields offers a range of popular coffee education courses including Home Barista, Introduction to Professional Barista Skills, and Coffee Appreciation. Sign up to the Home Barista course to learn a little of everything – from an introduction to green coffee and the roasting process to cupping, brewing and milk texturising.
Yallah Coffee, St Ives
Sign up for a Home Brewing Class at this eco-friendly roastery to get to grips with some of the most loved filter brew methods, including drip filter, cafetiere, AeroPress and stovetop percolators. Classes kick off with an introduction to cupping coffee, during which you’ll sample a variety of roast profiles to develop your understanding of flavour. You’ll then look into variables that affect flavour, including grind size, dose and yield. Rosettas need finessing? Check out Yallah’s latte-art lessons.
Jericho Coffee Traders, Oxford
Jericho hosts regular Coffee Enthusiast Experiences and latte-art classes at its riverside roastery in Oxford. In the three-hour Enthusiast Experience, caffeine fans will get hands-on experience of brewing coffee to high standards. They’ll also learn how to master different brew methods, plus the fundamentals of how and where speciality coffee is grown and processed.
The Coffee Apothecary, Aberdeenshire
Coffee Apothecary owners Jonny and Ali Aspden break down their brewing workshops into three masterclasses. The first is focused on espresso, the second filter and the third latte art. It’s a great all-round option and led by a team of experienced baristas.
The Whaletown Coffee Company, Sheffield
Caffeine fiends looking to take their brew skills next level can book an evening class at this inclusive Sheffield cafe. Owner Jordan O’Shea established Sheffield Coffee Fest and hosted the 2021 English AeroPress Championships, so attendees can feel assured they’re in safe and experienced hands.
200 Degrees – Manchester, Nottingham, Lincoln, Leeds, Birmingham and Cardiff
Micro-chain 200 Degrees runs informal Home Brew Courses designed with beginners in mind. Senior baristas and roasters guide students through the most accessible home-brewing methods, which is followed by a practical tutorial. By the end of the course, novices will leave with a good knowledge of how to make top-tier coffee at home using simple equipment.
Cartwheel Coffee, Nottingham
Improve your espresso or filter brewing skillset by learning exactly how the Cartwheel team prep coffee at their two cafes. In the one-on-one filter workshop, the team reveal which recipes they follow to yield the perfect cup when brewing via pourover, cafetiere, AeroPress and Clever Dripper. In the espresso workshop, enthusiasts will learn how to dial in correctly and how to manipulate extraction for a perfect shot.
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