Full marks for Compass baristas

All five of Compass’s first ever Master Barista cohort, selected from the Compass Barista Academy, have set the standard for future Compass baristas by passing their Speciality Coffee Association (SCA) Intermediate Barista Skills Module with flying colours.

This globally recognised qualification is offered as part of the Compass Master Barista scholarship where baristas receive special training, attend sponsor days to improve their knowledge and skills, and are put through the SCA curriculum.

The group have now completed their Introduction to Coffee, Foundation Barista and Intermediate Barista Skills modules. In a push to achieve further excellence they will shortly be undertaking their SCA Professional Skills exam making them the first within Compass Group UK & Ireland to achieve this level of accreditation.

Sonali Tailor, Coffee Education and Training Manager said: 'We are incredibly proud of this standard-setting success from the Master Barista group. They have set the bar high for all future recipients of the Master Barista scholarship and we hope this pushes the rest of the academy to strive for this qualification also.”

The Barista Academy, launched in 2018, was formed to continue Compass’ investment in developing a top range of quality coffee offers. The Master Baristas are now halfway through their two-year course. To read more about the Master Barista selection process click here.

Sponsoring the Barista Academy are: UCC Coffee, Simonelli Group, Yew Tree Dairy, West Country Milk, Alpro UK Ltd., Brita, Hydracs, Teapigs, Continental Chef Supplies and Speciality Coffee Association.