Glasgow, Scotland-based roasting company and equipment reseller Matthew Algie has become the first organization to operate multiple Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) Premier Training Campuses in Europe.
The company, which was founded in 1864 and was acquired by German coffee giant Tchibo last year, has received the SCA certification for facilities in Glasgow, Dublin and London. According the current registry of SCA campuses, the Glasgow and London locations join London’s Square Mile Coffee Roasters as the only Premier Training Campuses in the UK, and the Dublin location is Ireland’s first.
SCA campuses are established by SCA member companies meeting the SCA’s criteria for education environments, while classes at those facilities toward SCA diplomas are led by Authorized SCA Trainers. There are currently approximately 40 SCA campuses in the United States, and an additional approximately 150 others throughout the rest of the world.
“The best operators understand the importance of investing in a barista’s coffee journey,” Matthew Algie Head of Training Caroline Carter said in an announcement of the recent certifications. “They know that great coffee requires more than just great beans and equipment. Our training courses help baristas to develop a sound understanding of sourcing, production, taste and brewing. And crucially, our 30-strong team of trainers help instil the knowledge, passion and delivery that sits at the heart of the most successful coffee businesses.”