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Compass Group UK & Ireland Joins Leading Coffee Association

Compass Group UK & Ireland Joins Leading Coffee Association
July 06
11:45 2016

CIS Excellence Awards sponsor, Compass Group UK & Ireland, has become a member of the Speciality Coffee Association of Europe (SCAE), a trade association which represents thousands of coffee professionals from across Europe and Asia.

The membership will provide an opportunity for hundreds of Compass Group’s enthusiasts to undertake technical barista training as part of SCAE’s Coffee Diploma System.

With over 15,000 sites in the UK, Compass Group is one of the largest coffee providers in the country. Many of its staff already undertake barista training through its partnerships with brands such as Costa Coffee and Starbucks, and the SCAE membership will ensure that staff working at sites where non-branded coffee is provided also receive the same level of training and an opportunity to develop their skills and education with external accreditation.

Louise Pilkington, marketing director at Compass Group UK & Ireland, said: ‘Coffee is a really important part of our business. For us, this is about giving people the tools to build exciting and rewarding careers in coffee, both for our existing baristas and other team members who might be inspired to train as a result.

‘As well as helping to up-skill our people, our association with SCAE also provides access to an international network of coffee professionals, and the opportunity to achieve recognition in the industry.’

Executive director at SCAE, David Veal, added: ‘We hope that this partnership will provide benefit to SCAE and Compass Group as we work together in the future.
‘We’ve been impressed by Compass Group’s quest for coffee excellence, and their investment in SCAE’s Coffee Diploma System is a great endorsement of our mission.’

Each course, with the exception of Introduction to Coffee, is available at three Levels: Foundation; Intermediate; & Professional, and all work towards a SCAE Diploma in Coffee.

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