Americus, Georgia – April 18, 2018 – Cafe Campesino’s Hannah Mercer will be teaching professional coffee classes at the Specialty Coffee Association’s Global Coffee Expo held in Seattle this week.
An Authorized Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) Trainer, Hannah will be the lead instructor for a Barista Foundations class offered during the expo on Friday, April 20. In this class, she will teach some 40 students best practices for pulling espresso shots and steaming milk – the foundational skills needed to build espresso-based beverages such as lattes, cappuccinos, and espressos.
She will also serve as station instructor for an “Introduction to Coffee” class that helps orient coffee professionals around basic concepts and vocabulary that are commonly used in the coffee industry.
Hannah received her AST license last spring after completing necessary SCA coursework. The AST designation is the highest level of distinction in SCA instruction. It is also a part of the SCA’s newly launched Coffee Skills Program, an internationally recognized curriculum that focuses training on five key areas that build off of the Introduction to Coffee class. Those areas are: Barista Skills, Brewing, Green Coffee, Roasting and Sensory Skills.
With her license, Mercer is authorized to teach classes and administer exams for the Intro to Coffee class and the Brewing and Barista Skills modules. She has taught both professional-level and beginner-level coffee classes every month since November when Café Campesino opened its Coffee Training Lab adjacent to its roastery in Americus, Ga.
Café Campesino’s Coffee Training Lab became the first Premier Training Campus to open in Georgia, demonstrating that it meets SCA’s international standards and protocols for coffee brewing and barista instruction.
The annual SCA expo brings together some 13,000 coffee industry professionals from around the world for five days of specialty coffee events that include classes, competitions, lectures, networking, and a trade show.
The SCA is an international association of coffee businesses and professionals that formed in 2017 when the 35-year-old Specialty Coffee Association of America merged with the 19-year-old Specialty Coffee Association of Europe.
To learn more about how Hannah became a professional coffee trainer, read her blog post from earlier this year.