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Youth Barista Training Program

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Program Overview

Tailored around the needs and growing demands of the specialty coffee industry, the Youth Barista Training program will guide you through the basic operations of a café and the skills required to be a barista.
The 16-week certificate program is available to youth between the ages of 16-24 and progresses from Barista Basics to advanced training in espresso preparation, customer service, and café operations.
The first half of the program introduces you to the world of coffee, the demands of a café and the art of a barista. Training focuses on coffee history and theory, safety and sanitation, cash-handling accuracy, customer service excellence, and consistent quality in drink preparation.
As an advanced student, you will have the opportunity to further refine your growing skills in new settings, mentor incoming students, participate in operational tasks, and hone the “soft skills” required to be successful in the workplace.
Industry professionals will lead classroom lectures and hands-on training in espresso technique, coffee history, customer service, and business operations. In addition, there will be examinations and exercises to measure progress. You will also receive training in positive work behaviors or “soft skills.” These are the skills and attributes necessary to get, keep, and excel at a job.
Industry professionals will provide both demonstrations and hands-on training in espresso arts, coffee history, customer service, and café operations. In addition, there will be classroom lectures and examinations.

Training Schedule

Typically, training occurs mornings or afternoons, Monday to Friday between 6AM-5PM at Goodwill’s Coffee Buzz.

Daily attendance is critical to the successful completion of this program. The rapid progression and testing, as well as the frequent introduction of new materials and equipment, require you to perform classroom and café duties as if they were a job.

A Goodwill Certificate of Completion will be awarded upon successful completion of all program contents.

Program Benefits

  • Small student-to-instructor ratio
  • Hands-on learning in an operational café
  • 16 weeks of on-the-job experience
  • Certificate of Completion to document your training for employers
  • Growing community partnerships offer employment and other training opportunities
  • Professional staff with extensive experience in specialty coffee and café management

Funding

Most individuals referred to Goodwill for training are funded by an external agency. Scholarships are available for qualifying participants. Please contact the Program Manager for further information.

More Information

If you are interested in learning more about the program, please contact
Audra Laymon (Barista Program Manager)
Phone: 253.573.6823 or 253-573-6560 / Email: alaymon@tacomagoodwill.org.

Hours/Location


Monday-Thursday: 9-5:30 Friday: 9-4:00


714 South 27th Street
Tacoma, WA 98409
The corner of Tacoma Ave & Center St.
253.573.6590


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