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Brewing coffee is the last, and in many ways, the most crucial link in a chain can be traced all the way back to origin. Just to get our coffee into a bag involves countless hours of dedicated work by many people cross several continents. In the bag it has the potential to be consumed and enjoyed in a way that does justice to this journey, but only if prepared with care and understanding.

Training Guides

Brush up on your coffee knowledge and espresso skills, click to download these useful guides.

Intro To Coffee

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Milk Techniques

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Espresso Guide

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Speciality Coffee Association

You can see then why training is at the heart of everything that we do here at Dark Woods. Paul was one of the first barista trainers in the UK to deliver training programmes that engaged with some of the scientific principles that are now enshrined within the Speciality Coffee Association, and was a leading figure in developing the course content for its Barista Skills programme which is now taught worldwide. We offer full and free access to the programme to wholesale customers and to paying private individuals.

Courses are taught at the Mill by SCA accredited trainer Tom who is also on hand to deliver regular on-site training, audits and friendly encouragement to our all of our accounts.

Dark Woods Modular Programme

Alongside the SCA courses we also offer our very own unique modular training system that divides key coffee skills into six easily digestible 90-minute sessions.

Each module has exercises, training resources and opportunities to measure and record staff attainment as well as downloadable training aids and tools designed to encourage best practise in the workplace.

June 2024

Date

Event

Information

 

04

Core Barista Skills (9:30-12:30)

The essentials on setting up your grinder and foaming perfect milk

Dark Woods Coffee, Holme Mills, West Slaithwaite Road, HD7 6LS

11

SCA Foundation Barista (9:30-4:30)

The beginning of your Barista skills journey with the SCA. Learn all core skills for brewing espresso, texturing milk and understanding and managing your equipment. A practical exam on the day and an online written exam afterwards give you the opportunity to gain a valuable real-world qualification in coffee skills.

Dark Woods Coffee, Holme Mills, West Slaithwaite Road, HD7 6LS

12

Advanced Espresso - Module 2 (9:30-12:30)

Learn to confidently manipulate brew recipes and understand extraction

Dark Woods Coffee, Holme Mills, West Slaithwaite Road, HD7 6LS

17

Core Barista Skills (9:30-12:30)

The essentials on setting up your grinder and foaming perfect milk

Dark Woods Coffee, Holme Mills, West Slaithwaite Road, HD7 6LS

18

SCA Intermediate (2 day Course)

The next step on from your SCA Foundation Barista Course. A two-day course to advance your barista skills and knowledge, dialling in brew recipes and developing your latte art.

We recommend that you have a reasonable amount of barista experience before coming on this course to get the most from it, including basic latte art

Dark Woods Coffee, Holme Mills, West Slaithwaite Road, HD7 6LS

21

Home Barista Course

A practical and engaging look at home espresso brewing. Learn how to confidently dial in brew recipes for your favourite blends and them into beautiful milk-based drinks by mastering gorgeous silky microfoam. You’ll get lots of hands-on coffee-making time in this two-and-a-half-hour course and get to work with a range of different espresso blends so that you can refine your understanding of what kind of coffee style best suits your tastes.

Best for – Those with home espresso set-ups or who are thinking of investing. Anyone who wants to play at being a barista for a morning!

1.30pm - 4pm / Dark Woods Coffee, Holme Mills, West Slaithwaite Road, HUDDERSFIELD, HD7 6LS.

July 2024

09

Core Barista Skills (9:30-12:30)

The essentials on setting up your grinder and foaming perfect milk

Dark Woods Coffee, Holme Mills, West Slaithwaite Road, HD7 6LS

22

Core Barista Skills (9:30-12:30)

The essentials on setting up your grinder and foaming perfect milk

Dark Woods Coffee, Holme Mills, West Slaithwaite Road, HD7 6LS

23

SCA Foundation Barista (9:30-4:30)

The beginning of your Barista skills journey with the SCA. Learn all core skills for brewing espresso, texturing milk and understanding and managing your equipment. A practical exam on the day and an online written exam afterwards give you the opportunity to gain a valuable real-world qualification in coffee skills.

Dark Woods Coffee, Holme Mills, West Slaithwaite Road, HD7 6LS

26

Home Barista Course

A practical and engaging look at home espresso brewing. Learn how to confidently dial in brew recipes for your favourite blends and them into beautiful milk-based drinks by mastering gorgeous silky microfoam. You’ll get lots of hands-on coffee-making time in this two-and-a-half-hour course and get to work with a range of different espresso blends so that you can refine your understanding of what kind of coffee style best suits your tastes.

Best for – Those with home espresso set-ups or who are thinking of investing. Anyone who wants to play at being a barista for a morning!

10am - 12.30pm / Dark Woods Coffee, Holme Mills, West Slaithwaite Road, HUDDERSFIELD, HD7 6LS.

30

Advanced Milk - Module 3 (9:30-12:30)

Learn workflow skills for multiple drinks making and develop your latte art

Dark Woods Coffee, Holme Mills, West Slaithwaite Road, HD7 6LS

August 2024

20

SCA Foundation Barista (9:30-4:30)

The beginning of your Barista skills journey with the SCA. Learn all core skills for brewing espresso, texturing milk and understanding and managing your equipment. A practical exam on the day and an online written exam afterwards give you the opportunity to gain a valuable real-world qualification in coffee skills.

Dark Woods Coffee, Holme Mills, West Slaithwaite Road, HD7 6LS

23

Home Barista Course

A practical and engaging look at home espresso brewing. Learn how to confidently dial in brew recipes for your favourite blends and them into beautiful milk-based drinks by mastering gorgeous silky microfoam. You’ll get lots of hands-on coffee-making time in this two-and-a-half-hour course and get to work with a range of different espresso blends so that you can refine your understanding of what kind of coffee style best suits your tastes.

Best for – Those with home espresso set-ups or who are thinking of investing. Anyone who wants to play at being a barista for a morning!

1.30pm - 4pm / Dark Woods Coffee, Holme Mills, West Slaithwaite Road, HUDDERSFIELD, HD7 6LS.

September 2024

27

Home Barista Course

A practical and engaging look at home espresso brewing. Learn how to confidently dial in brew recipes for your favourite blends and them into beautiful milk-based drinks by mastering gorgeous silky microfoam. You’ll get lots of hands-on coffee-making time in this two-and-a-half-hour course and get to work with a range of different espresso blends so that you can refine your understanding of what kind of coffee style best suits your tastes.

Best for – Those with home espresso set-ups or who are thinking of investing. Anyone who wants to play at being a barista for a morning!

10am - 12.30pm / Dark Woods Coffee, Holme Mills, West Slaithwaite Road, HUDDERSFIELD, HD7 6LS.

October 2024

25

Home Barista Course

A practical and engaging look at home espresso brewing. Learn how to confidently dial in brew recipes for your favourite blends and them into beautiful milk-based drinks by mastering gorgeous silky microfoam. You’ll get lots of hands-on coffee-making time in this two-and-a-half-hour course and get to work with a range of different espresso blends so that you can refine your understanding of what kind of coffee style best suits your tastes.

Best for – Those with home espresso set-ups or who are thinking of investing. Anyone who wants to play at being a barista for a morning!

1.30pm - 4pm / Dark Woods Coffee, Holme Mills, West Slaithwaite Road, HUDDERSFIELD, HD7 6LS.

November 2024

22

Home Barista Course

A practical and engaging look at home espresso brewing. Learn how to confidently dial in brew recipes for your favourite blends and them into beautiful milk-based drinks by mastering gorgeous silky microfoam. You’ll get lots of hands-on coffee-making time in this two-and-a-half-hour course and get to work with a range of different espresso blends so that you can refine your understanding of what kind of coffee style best suits your tastes.

Best for – Those with home espresso set-ups or who are thinking of investing. Anyone who wants to play at being a barista for a morning!

10am - 12.30pm / Dark Woods Coffee, Holme Mills, West Slaithwaite Road, HUDDERSFIELD, HD7 6LS.

Our coffee

Dark Woods’ desire for inclusivity informs our roasting and blending philosophy.

Crow Tree

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Good Morning Sunshine

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Under Milk Wood

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Arboretum Espresso

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Snow Stone

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Lamplight Decaf

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Deer Hill

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Driftwood

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Single Estate Coffees

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