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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.

April 2020

Date

Event

Information

 

06

SCA Foundation Barista Course

Dark Woods, Holme Mills, West Slaithwaite Road, Marsden, HD7 6LS
Your starting journey to becoming a barista. A one day course that covers all the essentials to get you going

08

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

Dark Woods Coffee, Holme Mills, West Slaithwaite Road, HD7 6LS
The essentials on setting up your grinder and foaming perfect milk

13

Advanced Barista Skills Modules (9:30-12:30)

Learn how to confidently manipulate brew recipes and refine your latte art skills

20

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

Dark Woods Coffee, Holme Mills, West Slaithwaite Road, HD7 6LS
The essentials on setting up your grinder and foaming perfect milk

May 2020

05

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

Dark Woods Coffee, Holme Mills, West Slaithwaite Road, HD7 6LS
The essentials on setting up your grinder and foaming perfect milk

11

SCA Foundation Barista Course

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. Optional exam on the day gives you the opportunity to gain a valuable real-world qualification in coffee skills.
Dark Woods Coffee, Holme Mills, HD7 6LS

13

Advanced Barista Skills Modules (9:30-12:30)

Learn how to confidently manipulate brew recipes and refine your latte art skills
Dark Woods Coffee, Holme Mills, HD7 6LS

20

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

Dark Woods Coffee, Holme Mills, West Slaithwaite Road, HD7 6LS
The essentials on setting up your grinder and foaming perfect milk

21

Introduction to Coffee Evening

Come and join us on to learn about the world of coffee. The evening kicks off with a welcome drink and then guides you through understanding your bean. Learn how your coffees flavour is influenced by species, variety and origin.
See the roaster in action, do a tasting (cupping); learn some vital steps for getting the best from your beans at home and go home with a bag of beans to enjoy at home.

26

Coffee Flavour & Brewing Modules (9:30-12:30)

Understand the key drivers of coffee flavour and refine your filter brewing skills
Dark Woods Coffee, Holme Mills, HD7 6LS

June 2020

03

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

Dark Woods Coffee, Holme Mills, West Slaithwaite Road, HD7 6LS
The essentials on setting up your grinder and foaming perfect milk

08

Advanced Barista Skills Modules (9:30-12:30)

Learn to confidently manipulate brew recipes and refine your latte art
Dark Woods Coffee, Holme Mills, HD7 6LS

10

SCA Foundation Barista Course

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. Optional exam on the day gives you the opportunity to gain a valuable real-world qualification in coffee skills.
Dark Woods Coffee, Holme Mills, HD7 6LS

15

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

Dark Woods Coffee, Holme Mills, West Slaithwaite Road, HD7 6LS
The essentials on setting up your grinder and foaming perfect milk

22

Coffee Flavour & Brewing Modules (9:30-12:30)

Understand the key drivers of coffee flavour and refine your filter brewing skills
Dark Woods Coffee, Holme Mills, HD7 6LS

July 2020

01

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

Dark Woods Coffee, Holme Mills, West Slaithwaite Road, HD7 6LS
The essentials on setting up your grinder and foaming perfect milk

06

SCA Foundation Barista Course

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. Optional exam on the day gives you the opportunity to gain a valuable real-world qualification in coffee skills.
Dark Woods Coffee, Holme Mills, HD7 6LS

08

Advanced Barista Skills Modules (9:30-12:30)

Learn to confidently manipulate brew recipes and refine your latte art skills
Dark Woods Coffee, Holme Mills, HD7 6LS

13

SCA Intermediate Barista Course

13th-14th July (2 day course)
Location: Dark Woods Coffee, HUDDERSFIELD HD7 6LS.
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.
You can take your SCA exam at the end of the course if you like (additional examination fees apply)
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

16

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

Dark Woods Coffee, Holme Mills, West Slaithwaite Road, HD7 6LS
The essentials on setting up your grinder and foaming perfect milk

20

Coffee Flavour & Brewing Modules (9:30-12:30)

Understand the key drivers of coffee flavour and refine your filter brewing skills
Dark Woods Coffee, Holme Mills, HD7 6LS

23

Home Barista Evening

Come and join us for an evening to learn all the Barista essentials

August 2020

04

SCA Professional Barista Course (3 day)

4-6th August (3 days)
Dark Woods Coffee, Holme Mills, HUDDERSFIELD
Please note that this course is only for those who already hold SCA Intermediate Barista Skills - contact tom@darkwoodscoffee.co.uk for

October 2020

08

Introduction to Coffee Evening

Come and join us on to learn about the world of coffee. The evening kicks off with a welcome drink and then guides you through understanding your bean. Learn how your coffees flavour is influenced by species, variety and origin.
See the roaster in action, do a tasting (cupping); learn some vital steps for getting the best from your beans at home and go home with a bag of beans to enjoy at home.

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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Single Estate Coffees

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