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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.

July 2022

Date

Event

Information

 

14

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

Learn to confidently manipulate brew recipes and understand extaction
Dark Woods Coffee, Holme Mills, HD7 6LS

20

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

22

Core Barista Skills - Modules 1 (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

26

SCA Intermediate Barista Course (2 days)

26th and 27th July 2022
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

August 2022

10

Core Barista Skills - Modules 1 (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

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

Home Barista Course

Come and join us to learn the barista essential. The session kicks off with a welcome drink and then guides you through:

Choosing the best beans for espresso
The importance of freshness ? should I invest in a grinder?
How to achieve great espresso
The science behind brewing espresso
Dose/yield/temperature/time
Essential steps to making your shot
What milk to use and how to produce microfoam
Can I produce latte art at home?

The session will mainly use the commercial espresso machines we have, allowing you lots of time to play, but we will have some home machines on hand as well.

23

Core Barista Skills - Modules 1 (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

September 2022

08

Core Barista Skills - Modules 1 (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

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

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

Develop workflow skills for multiple drinks making and learn the fundamentals of latte art

20

Core Barista Skills - Modules 1 (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

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

Learn to confidently manipulate brew recipes and understand extaction
Dark Woods Coffee, Holme Mills, HD7 6LS

27

Core Barista Skills - Modules 1 (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

October 2022

04

Core Barista Skills - Modules 1 (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

Core Barista Skills - Modules 1 (9:30-12:30)

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

Develop workflow skills for multiple drinks making and learn the fundamentals of latte art

18

Core Barista Skills - Modules 1 (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 - Module 4 (9:30-12:30)

Understand the key drivers of coffee flavour with a guided cupping and explore popular non-espresso brewing methods such as aeropress, french press and manual filter.
Dark Woods Coffee, Holme Mills, HD7 6LS

27

Core Barista Skills - Modules 1 (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

29

Home Barista Course

Come and join us to learn the barista essential. The session kicks off with a welcome drink and then guides you through:

Choosing the best beans for espresso
The importance of freshness ? should I invest in a grinder?
How to achieve great espresso
The science behind brewing espresso
Dose/yield/temperature/time
Essential steps to making your shot
What milk to use and how to produce microfoam
Can I produce latte art at home?

The session will mainly use the commercial espresso machines we have, allowing you lots of time to play, but we will have some home machines on hand as well.

November 2022

08

Core Barista Skills - Modules 1 (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

15

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

17

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

Develop workflow skills for multiple drinks making and learn the fundamentals of latte art

17

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

Learn to confidently manipulate brew recipes and understand extaction
Dark Woods Coffee, Holme Mills, HD7 6LS

22

Core Barista Skills - Modules 1 (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

23

SCA Intermediate Barista Course (2 days)

23rd and 24th November 2022
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

29

Core Barista Skills - Modules 1 (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

December 2022

01

Coffee Flavour & Brewing - Module 4 (9:30-12:30)

Understand the key drivers of coffee flavour with a guided cupping and explore popular non-espresso brewing methods such as aeropress, french press and manual filter.
Dark Woods Coffee, Holme Mills, HD7 6LS

06

Core Barista Skills - Modules 1 (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

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

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

Develop workflow skills for multiple drinks making and learn the fundamentals of latte art

19

Core Barista Skills - Modules 1 (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

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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