First Lincolnshire barista training centre opens at The Lawn

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A new state-of-the-art barista training centre has been officially opened by Stokes Tea & Coffee in Lincoln.

The centre is located at The Lawn complex on Union Road, adjacent to the newly refurbished roastery and is the first of its kind in the East Midlands.

The space will be used primarily to provide bespoke barista expertise for professional and budding coffee enthusiasts within the industry but Stokes will also offer courses for members of the public who are interested in brushing up on their barista skills.

Stokes managing director Nick Peel

The centre will cover disciplines such as barista training, latte art and customer service along with general coffee and tea knowledge and is able to train up to six people in any one session.

This new centre is part of the £2 million renovation of the historic Lawn complex and is accredited by the BSA, offering City and Guilds courses as well as Stokes own general training courses.

Nick Peel, managing director at Stokes, said: “We are really excited to launch the barista training centre as a brand-new phase of the Stokes’ coffee legacy.

“We have been roasting for more than 100 years and would like to help train professionals for the next century.

“I did my training at the London School of Coffee and I wish there had been one closer to home with the same high standards of teaching, which is why I was very keen to get a centre set up in the new Stokes HQ – which is the perfect space to host the school.”