Young trainees brew up skills in coffee making art

Coffee-making is not just a skill, it is an art that requires patience, attention to detail and creativity. By learning how to make a cup of coffee, young people can develop these skills and apply them to other areas of their lives. In Zhemgang, a group of young individuals from different districts are undergoing a month-long training in the art of coffee making at the Rural Development Training Center. The training intends to equip them with the necessary skills to become baristas. 

Baristas are responsible for all kinds of behind-the-coffee-counter duties, ranging from making basic espresso shots to creating intricate latte designs.

While this may seem a fairly easy job, it requires a specific skill in operating espresso machines, understanding the nuances of different varieties of coffee and mastering customer service. The training provides participants with the necessary skills to excel in these areas.

“Wherever we go, most employers seek experience with skills. So, with these skills, I am planning to leave for the Middle East for a job and work there for five to six years as a barista. And when I return, I will come with more experience and skills which would also up my skill level,” said Tshering Wangmo Jimba, a trainee.

“In our country, it’s rare to find well-trained baristas. Learning these skills will help us serve foreign guests better and showcase our abilities effectively in our businesses,” said Sonam Chophel Tamang, another trainee.

“People see coffee making as basic. But for me, barista is a unique profession which has different designs and skills that we require. That’s why I am participating in this training,” said Tshering Yangchen, also a trainee, Tashigang.

The instructor is covering about 37 coffee-making methods in the training. He emphasized that being a barista isn’t just a job, it’s a career with global potential.

“After completing the training, they can pursue jobs anywhere because we are equipping them with valuable skills and knowledge. Some have plans to work in the Middle East where being a barista holds significant opportunities,” said Ugyen Dorji, Instructor.

This is the second batch of trainees undergoing barista training. The Ministry of Education and Skills Development is conducting the training and plans to organise more such training.

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