Caffè & Co.
Artisan Coffee Shop, Tea Rooms & Ice Cream Bar

Looking for North West barista training courses?

Caffe & Co. is a speciality coffee shop and barista training school situated between Liverpool and Manchester.

We are an SCAE member (Speciality Coffee Association of Europe).  We are SCAE accredited (to date) in the Introduction of Coffee, Barista Foundation and Barista Intermediate levels.

We provide barista training courses to SCAE standard in the Introduction to Coffee, Fundamentals of Espresso & Barista Basics (Foundation) and The Advanced Barista (Intermediate-Advanced).

We also run a¬†one and¬†half day ¬†“How to Open a Coffee Shop” Course which we run in our working coffee shop.


With the costs of going to university rising, increasingly, students are looking to work in local coffee shops as Baristas to help fund their studies, living expenses and of course their social life.

With the huge growth in coffee shops, especially so in university towns and cities, it makes even more sense to start looking at coffee shops as sources of employment.

Historically the obvious first choices would have been Costa, Nero and Starbucks, but the massive growth in independent coffee shops over the past few years has made them much more prominent.

If you know your coffee, you will know the difference between a mainstream High St chain store and a good independent.

Working as a barista may look like an easy and fun job.¬† It is most definitely fun but it certainly isn’t easy!¬† If you are serious about this then you need to seek barista training as no training means terrible coffee, it’s that simple.

Apply for a barista job in a coffee shop and there is likely to be lots of others thinking the same thing so what will make you stand out from the rest?….exactly,… training.¬† Not necessarily work experience, but training.¬† Work experience, may not necessarily be¬†a requirement and in many instances, independent coffee shops¬†are looking for training and perhaps experience in another good independent, but experience in a chain may not necessarily seen as an advantage.

Caffe & Co. is an independent coffee shop in Liverpool area (Rainhill, Prescot, St Helens).¬† Established in 2011, not only does it serve speciality coffee, it is also a barista training centre / barista training course centre / barista training school.¬† In addition to barista training courses, it also provides business services to those¬†considering¬†opening a coffee shop with its “How to start a coffee shop” training course.¬† Enquire at Caffe & Co. for barista training day availability.


Many people would love to open a coffee shop.  Nature of the business is that it attracts many like mined people who perhaps who may have been made redundant or have decided that the time is right to move on from traditional employment in favour of running your own little business.

“I’d love a nice little coffee shop where I can bake my own cakes, create my own menu, serve wonderful coffee and chat to regulars and most of all I can be my own boss, work whatever hours I like and have time off when with family when I want to”.¬† This is a common way of thinking and whilst much of this is true and achievable, it doesn’t happen without hard work, determination and most importantly ensuring that you are making lots of well informed decisions in the run up to making that decision to ‘take the plunge’.

Here at Caffè & Co. we have been successfully been trading since 2011.  Each year, our business has developed and grown.  We had no previous experience of the catering business but we did have considerable experience in business management, retail and on and offline marketing as well as the love and passion for great coffee.

We invested in the right coffee equipment and with lots of prior coffee¬†knowledge we used this as a starting point. Great coffee is hard to find despite the plethora of ‘coffee shops’ now available.¬† Quite simply, most coffee shops are still serving shockingly poor coffee, and that includes High St. chains.¬† For me it is always a significant gamble as to whether a coffee will be at least¬†drinkable, and more often than not, it isn’t, yet, I still gamble my ¬£2.50-¬£3 in my need for caffeine.

As our customers very quickly complimented our wonderful coffee, it made sense to start to teach others to do the same.  This is why we decided to offer barista training courses and later we expanded to now also offer how to start a coffee shop training courses.

Barista training courses are 4 hours, How to start a coffee shop training courses (including barista training) are 1 and a half days.

If you are planning to open a coffee shop, barista training is essential if you want to ensure that your coffee has the edge over your competitors and if you want to ensure your customers keep coming back for more. If you have no business experience and are planning to open a coffee shop then the How to start a coffee shop training course is also essential.  Indeed, even if you do have some business experience, albeit not in catering, the course is very insightful and is certain to ensure you start on the right track and potentially save a considerable amount of money that you may otherwise waste.  Contact us to enquire or book.

Further to our barista training courses which have now been running for almost two years, here at Caffe & Co. we now also operate a “How to open a coffee shop” course.

The course was set up to run within our already successful coffee shop near Liverpool.¬† We were aware the although there are limited courses available of this nature, we weren’t aware of any that were actually also a fully operational coffee shop.¬† So, we thought, what better format could there be for prospective coffee shop owners than to learn all they need to know and actually see it for themselves in situ in a real working coffee shop.

The course is approximately 12 hours in total  Рcomprising 8 hours theory covering all aspects of setting up the coffee shop business and 4 hours practical with the actual coffee side of the business, making espresso and texturing milk.  For full course content, see our How to Open a Coffee Shop page.


Here at Caffe & Co. we have been providing barista training courses for approximately 18 months now to those wanting to become barista, to those who simply would like to make better espresso at home using their domestic machines and also to those wishing to open a coffee shop themselves.

What we have found in this time is that those people who are looking to open a coffee shop are largely looking for a course that is much more comprehensive in helping them actually set the coffee¬†business up.¬† Well we have created a bespoke comprehensive training “How to start a coffee shop“, “Opening a coffee shop“, “Starting a coffee shop“.¬† The course includes barista training as standard.

The course is a full day and a half in duration or can even be completed in a full day / evening 9am-9pm!

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A coffee shop is a huge growth sector.

The Coffee Shop market has grown 9% during 2009. The coffee shop business has been less affected by the economic downturn than by most other businesses.

With 3000 outlets in the UK in 2007, the coffee shop market is a long way off saturation with the market set to double in the next decade through to 2017.

A survey of more than 6,300 people by Allegra Strategies revealed that consumers are visiting branded coffee chains more frequently than ever before and 11 million now visited a coffee shop at least once a week.

It is worth noting first of all that the heaviest drinkers of speciality coffee are aged 25-45 (Business Week Magazine);

Of a 1000 sample of 25-45 year olds, other stats include; 

24% drink 13 cups of coffee or more each week.

34% go to premium places like Starbucks when they get coffee out.

26% said they drink specialty coffee drinks, showing an overlap. Some traditional coffee drinkers see specialty brews as a treat instead of a habit.

57% said they would not forego Starbucks even if they could make the same thing at home, indicating that the experience of going to a café is definitely a major factor in addition to the drink itself.

77% have a home-brewing machine and of that number, 89% have a traditional drip coffeemaker while the remainder have something pricier that makes specialty coffees and espressos.

It is also being recognised that independent coffee shops are becoming an increasingly popular option as an alternative to the main High St chains as they tend to offer better, more specialist coffee as opposed to the large / oversized mugs and weaker coffees. 

The traditional coffee shop blue print of quick, pre-prepared snacks is also being challenged allowing the customer choice and quality eating options with their coffee.

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