Barista Training Pack
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Save time and energy – in the planning, delivery and assessment of your barista training – with this comprehensive set of books and CDs.
Barista Bible - Cover
Choose the ultimate companion to learn the art and science behind perfect espresso beverages.
Enhance the walls of your café or training room with these attractive and informative wall charts.
Barista Workbook - Cover
Record your espresso knowledge and skills in this useful workbook.

Barista Guides

Barista GuidesSelect these guides for easy reference to everything about espresso.


Customer Service Kit
Turn your barista training into fun with this box of practical activities and ideas.

Latest News

19 January, 2014

As any foodie who has dined at a good restaurant in Paris, visited one of the many sidewalk cafés or taken their morning caffeine in a small picturesque village knows, coffee in France is lagging behind that in most other European countries.  But I am pleased to report that this is now changing – in Paris, at least.

One has to wonder why the coffee is so bad when the food is always so good. I haven’t unearthed any plausible reasons why the French have continued to accept such nasty tasting coffee for so long, but a little research reveals a few interesting things.

Firstly, Napoleon Bonaparte, who ruled France for a while in the early 19th century, banned all imports in an historic event known as the Napoleonic Blockade. So with no coffee allowed in, the French resorted to chicory instead. Chicory is far more bitter than coffee and bears little resemblance to it taste wise. Regardless, it seems that the taste for chicory took on and in some areas of northern France it is still added

19 January, 2014

How fortunate we were that this year, World of Coffee was in Nice in the south of France. What a wonderful event it was – from the coffee folk we met to the food we ate.

Our stand attracted the usual stream of international visitors with Training Packs selling now in South America, confirming our decision to do a Spanish translation some time in the future.  We met Marta, a lively girl from Guatemala, who invited us to her coffee tasting and to visit her mother’s coffee plantation. We tasted her coffees (which were exceptional) and promised to visit her mother. The time was short, but we cemented one of those friendships you know you will have forever, despite the distance.  You will find her by Googling ‘Coffee Bird from Guatemala’. She has collected some fine coffees from all over Guatemala and I recommend you try them yourself.

Four championship events took place in association with the trade show, with dozens of countries putting forward their national champions to compete

01 April, 2013

The second edition BARISTA BIBLE has arrived!

This exciting second edition of the globally recognised Barista Bible is the culmination of research that began four years ago – as soon as the first edition appeared on the market. We do understand that things change very quickly in the coffee world!

Having worked alongside some of the best baristas and coffee experts, attended numerous trade shows and events, read an enormous number of trade publications, listened to lots of lectures and tuned into countless forums, we have gathered a wealth of new information.

The process of refining and revamping the old Barista Bible was quite different from writing it the first time around.  It was a most rewarding process to discard the old and outdated and replace it with new. We were amazed at the support of so many generous coffee people from around the world who showed us around and shared their ideas, giving the Barista Bible its new international focus. Whenever I wanted a photo or an

17 August, 2012

A modern coffee culture is starting to emerge in Vienna, due in large part, to the efforts of Johanna at the Vienna School of Coffee. Johanna is passionate about specialty coffee and imparting all she knows to those who are keen to learn. With Joanna’s advice and a copy of the Vienna Guide to Coffee, we headed off to find the places that are setting new trends.

Exuding a wholesome approach to coffee and all things fresh, sustainable and fair is Akrap Coffee, where we enjoyed two perfect piccolo lattes. Through their use of quality, fairly traded coffee, the boys at Akrap Coffee say their aim is to change the lives of farmers while brightening up the day for their customers. Take Ubahn 2 (that’s the Vienna underground train) to find Akrap on the corner of Theobaldgasse and Königsklostergasse in the Museumsquartier.

POC, which cleverly stands for ‘people on caffeine’, is where latte art and flat whites were introduced to Vienna. On the day we were there, straight after the World of Coffee

About the Author

Christine Cottrell

Driven by a passion for coffee and a search for the truth about espresso, Christine connects with baristas and coffee experts around the world – strengthening her skills, knowledge and research – to become the ultimate authority on everything about espresso.

In 1999, with more than 20 years of experience in teaching and working in the hospitality industry, Christine established Coffee Education Network and since then has helped thousands to improve their espresso techniques and to more fully appreciate the espresso concept. As well as teaching classes, she presents at conferences, social functions and events and has written the Perfect Espresso series of books and training resources.

In 2009 the first 10 publications were presented to Australian coffee enthusiasts. Following their success in the hospitality, retail and education markets in Australia, they will be released internationally at Caffe Culture 2010 in London. In the future, you can look forward to more Perfect Espresso publications Christine is currently working on.

Christine’s extensive research about espresso was the start of a journey she now shares with her husband Paul. Together they continue on a crusade that leads them all over Australia – from coffee plantations in north Queensland and northern New South Wales to Melbourne and Sydney for discussions with roasters and blenders. The pursuit of excellence in espresso also takes Christine and Paul to Europe, collecting conversations with espresso experts and stories from long established cafes; to South America and Asia, visiting coffee plantations; and the Middle East, the historical home of coffee.

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