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Duke Institute of Studies English and AUT Barista certificate

English course with the Duke Institute of Studies in Takapuna Beach (Auckland)

Do 8 or 12 weeks of English classes (22,5 hours per week) with the Duke Institute of Studies in Takapuna Beach (Auckland) and finish off with a Barista course from the Auckland University of Technology (AUT).

AUT is the second largest university in New Zealand and the fastest growing. They are internationally recognised and ranked in the world's best universities.

From small seaside towns to large cities, the café culture is vibrant in New Zealand and there is rarely a place to eat without the smell of roasted coffee and the sound of an espresso machine. This intensive course will equip you with the practical skills you need to be able to confidently produce a café style cup of coffee, tea or fruit smoothie allowing you to gain part-time employment while you study or travel.

The Professional Barista Course runs from 10:30-4:00pm over a Saturday and Sunday, plus you are able to come back to the cafe for up to 3 x 1 hour practice sessions with one of the tutors to practice your new skills!

Barista Certificate
Take our two-day Professional Barista Course and come away with the ability to make the perfect coffee every time. After completing our course you'll have the knowledge and essential practical skills to impress your way into sought-after barista positions. We teach you fine espresso-making techniques so you can go on to practice the craft that can only be described as a skilled art form.

After the two-day course, you'll have the opportunity to receive additional tuition. You will be able to go into a job interview knowing you can make the perfect espresso coffee every time. And of course, ensure that your customers will get the same high quality every time too.

An AUT certificate provides job seekers with the evidence of education that prospective or current employers are looking for. Participants in the Barista Beginner course need to achieve 100% attendance and produce, with a high level of competency, the following coffees: Espresso based — Flat white, Cappuccino, Latté, Short black, Mochaccino, Long black. 

At only NZ$ 3,760 (2017 price) you will get eight weeks of English language courses, at the end of this time you do a course to get your AUT Barista Certificate.

At only NZ$ 5,240 (2017 price) you will get twelve weeks of English language courses, at the end of this time you do a course to get your AUT Barista Certificate. 

What is included in the price?

  • Free New Zealand Working Holiday or Student visa* application assistance
  • Auckland International Airport transfer on arrival included
  • 8 or 12 weeks English local language course in Auckland (more weeks possible at a higher price, but with a discount)
  • 2 days barista course (please be aware that  IELTS level 5 is required) to get your Auckland University of Technology Barista Certificate
  • Free provision of hospitality industry contacts and placement

More than 12 weeks of English language courses will give a discount on the English language courses prices! Please ask for a qoute from StudyNewZealand EU <- click for e-mail

* maximum 1 year (visa conditions apply, please check with StudyNewZealand)

A Barista

The word barista is of Italian origin, and in Italian, a barista is a male or female "bartender", who typically works behind a counter, serving both hot drinks (such as espresso), and cold alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, not a coffee-maker specifically.

Baristas generally operate a commercial espresso machine, and their role is preparing the shot and pulling the shot; the degree to which this is automated or done manually varies significantly, ranging from push-button operation to an involved manual process. Machines range from manual (lever), where the pressure is applied by hand, to semi-automatic, where the pressure is applied automatically but brew time is not selected by the barista, to automatic, where the brew time is also preset (but preparing the grinds is still manual), to super-automatic, where the barista need only load the beans and push a button, but is otherwise completely automated.

Espresso is a notoriously finicky beverage, and thus good manual espresso making is considered a skilled task. Further, preparation of other beverages, particularly milk-based drinks such as cappuccinos and lattes, but also non-espresso coffee such as drip or press pot, requires additional work and skill for effective frothing, pouring and most often latte art.

Beyond the preparation of espresso (and other beverages) and general bartending skills (interaction with customers, handling and scheduling orders, etc.), skilled baristas acquire knowledge of the entire process of coffee to effectively prepare a desired cup of coffee, similar to how a sommelier is familiar with the entire process of wine making and consumption.

This knowledge includes the correct operation, maintenance and programming of the machine, grinding and tamping methods, extraction times, water temperature and quality, micro milk frothing, free pouring, latte art, roasting, coffee plant cultivation, drying methods, correct storage, renewable methods of disposal, recycling of the coffee and packaging used. A barista can acquire these skills by attending barista training classes, but they are more commonly learned on the job.

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