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(TAS) Upskilling/training - TAFE Barista course?

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  • (TAS) Upskilling/training - TAFE Barista course?

    I wouldn't mind hearing from anyone who'd done either the TAFE beginner or master barista courses. How would they be for a home enthusiast? I don't think there are any other alternatives in Taswegia and am just looking for a little education to put/keep me on the right track when it comes to making good espresso/drinks consistently and efficiently (the efficiently bit is where I'm falling down lately).

    Cheers - Alex

  • #2
    Hi Alex,

    give a search for Zimmah coffee, a new venture for the owner who I think has a lot of experience in training local baristas in the past, they offer training which no doubt can be catered to more the home enthusiast than Tafe would be able to provide.



    • #3
      Cheers Ros, I just noticed I had them bookmarked to check out later. I've emailed them, so fingers crossed.

      I don't suppose you're on TasMR? I'm the silver 636 floating around town/Glenorchy.


      • #4
        Re: (TAS) Upskilling/training - TAFE Barista course?

        I'm keen to try their coffee, Yep I'm on tmr I've think I've seen you in town before, I'm on the late model red black f4i


        • #5
          I've seen one getting around; I was actually looking at one when I bought my 636... might see you out there


          • #6
            My experiences with TAFE (NSW) while admittedly not coffee related have been less than enthusiastic. I did two years of required study for an apprenticeship in my late teens and then in my late 20's begun a simplified IT diploma. In both cases I felt the TAFE system had very little to teach anyone but the most boorish of students. I think like so many other industries, often education is simply a measurement of a person's actual interest. i.e. if they stick around for long enough to get accredited, then them must really want to do it, therefore we should probably let them have a job in the industry where they will in reality learn the skills that we for the past X years have neglected to teach them. Perhaps a little unforgiving on my behalf, but there you have it.


            • #7
              Having gone through an apprenticeship I kinda agree; it really depends on whether you get teachers who are still interested in the subject/industry or "facilitators" whose only goal is to narrate the course material.

              Either way, fingers crossed I hear back from Zimmah.


              • #8
                Ive done a few TAFE courses, mostly in VIC. The teacher comments are spot on. I found the course material lacking.

                I did the Espresso course 5hrs? close to a couple of years ago and it was a complete waste of time, even though i was only at the start of my coffee journey. I learnt more from researching the net then putting things into practice myself.

                The whole TAFE course was built around the "traditional Italian model" of espresso. The guy teaching had been doing it for 20 years and there was no interest or discussion about freshness, source of beans, the degree to which the beans has been roasted. He new nothing about roasting and said he had no interest as his job was to pump out espresso based drinks as quickly as possible that is all, the beans for espresso should just be a dark roasted colour and a " reliable brand " see vac sealed stale beans.