South Africa’s coffee lovers might think that there’s someone making magic behind every coffee bar, but the reality is that South Africa is short of well-trained Baristas.

That’s why The Daily Buzz, which operates 12 coffee bars in corporate locations across Gauteng and in-house coffee roastery, Craft Coffee, launched the very first locally developed and SETA accredited Barista training academy in Newtown, Johannesburg, in July.

2013 South African and All Africa Barista champion, Lovejoy Chirambasukwa, who heads up Craft Coffee believes that trainees will benefit from both theoretical and technical training, learning everything from how to operate a grinder to how to taste coffee and distinguish between the various flavours, blends and aromas.

The Daily Buzz, CEO, Andrew Brown, says the academy will open doors for young people looking for good careers both overseas and locally and pave the way for further hospitality studies. “Every new coffee bar needs at least five new Baristas! We want to improve the quality of Baristas and employ more young people.”

Brown is confident that there is a massive, growing market for coffee in South Africa!

“A love for coffee is stirring which is why we have to keep turning out better Baristas to serve up the very best cuppa.  To spread the love for coffee, we have also recently relaunched our roastery toursin Newtwon,” he says.

The Craft Coffee café and roastery is located at 50 GwiGwi Mrwebi Street, Newtown For roastery bookings or training enquiries, contact info@craftcoffee.co.zaor call (011) 492 0501. You can also order coffee for home brewing online on www.craftcoffee.co.za.