This is not just a cup of coffee.
This is a cup of hope.
By partnering with the unemployed and training them to be an entry level barista, we change lives from the Ground UP.


A Barista is a person who has the passion for the skill of making coffee. A barista work in the hospitality industry and this could mean long hours and shift work. Areas of employment could include: coffee shops, restaurants and function venues, corporate office spaces and mobile coffee vans.

Ground UP Barista Training Academy

Modules covered include:
• Understanding of coffee (theory)
• Background of coffee
• Understanding your equipment
• Speciality beverages
• Basic Espresso
• Milk foaming techniques
• Maintaining & cleaning equipment
• Practical coffee making experience – job shadowing 
• Espresso bar set-up and management (practical) 

Offered Claremont only
Instructor    Imile de Villiers
Entry Requirements: Grade 10 and a desire to work in the hospitality industry (including long hours and possible shift work)
Course Duration: 8 weeks
Times: 08h30-16h30 Monday-Thursday
08h30-15h30 Friday 
Cost to student:  R400 (includes a R100 registration fee)
Cost to Learn to Earn:

R9 600 to train one person
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