The beginning of 2019 kicked off with confirmation from the Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) that after many months of hard work, Cafeology had achieved ‘Premier Training Campus’ accreditation for its brand-new state of the art roasting, training and warehouse facility – Roastology.
When the decision was taken in February 2018 to move and expand our Roastery, a major reason for undertaking this project was to create a space not only to roast exceptional coffees, but to open our doors to local and national customers who share our passion. These customers really want to improve the quality of coffee they brew within their operations and need our help to do this.
Therefore, we set out to create the most advanced coffee training facility in Sheffield with all the equipment, physical space and atmosphere needed for our students to learn about coffee.
Although Cafeology has a wealth of knowledge and experience in this area, it was important to ensure we were judging ourselves against the highest standards in the industry at this moment in time. For this we partnered with the SCA who are a non-profit, membership-based association representing coffee farmers to baristas and roasters across the global.
The SCA acts as a unifying force within the specialty coffee industry and works to make coffee better by raising standards worldwide through a collaborative and progressive approach. Dedicated to building an industry that is fair, sustainable, and nurturing for all, drawing on years of insights and inspiration from the specialty coffee community, which was a perfect fit to the values of Cafeology.
As the move to our new facility became a reality in the summer of 2018, we embarked on the challenging journey with the SCA to achieve their highest standards set for a training facility. This is referred to as their Premier Training Campus programme that outlines in detail what equipment, space and materials are needed to deliver the SCA’s exceptionally high standards and protocols.
Accreditation is only achieved following a visit by a representative of the SCA to audit all the work done to create a calibrated teaching environment for our students. Our audit was conducted by Owen Thom who manages the programme in Europe and we were delighted to receive our certificate in February 2019.
As the first recognised Premier Training Campus in the north of England, we plan to offer our customers a range of in-house modules and in-depth courses to suit their needs as well as access to independent Authorised SCA Trainers (AST’s) to teach aspects of the Coffee Skills Diploma.
This is another exciting step for our business and demonstrates our commitment to helping our customers serve better coffee. For more information or if you would like to book a place onto one