Renowned barista trainer comes to West Coast

If a cuppa java’s your thing -if you’re nuts about the bean -if you want to be the best barista, here’s a day for you.

Coffee aficionados and service professionals on the West Coast can attend Advanced Barista Training with Josh Hockin, the 2011 Canadian Barista Champion and World Champion Competitor.

Hockin began his career in coffee in 2007. As a part time barista he began to learn about espresso and coffee brewing. To further his learning he began to compete in barista competitions, eventually winning the 2011 Canadian National Barista Championship. He represented Canada at the World Barista Championship in Vienna in 2012.

During his career he has taken roasting courses in Copenhagen and worked in coffee bars internationally, constantly learning more about how coffee is made around the world. In his current job as green coffee buyer for Transcend Coffee in Edmonton, he visits coffee-producing countries to find and purchase coffees for Transcend to roast and sell in Canada.

“This is a unique event for Tofino and of course it is a lead-in to the local Barista Challenge that we will host under the Tofino Food and Wine Festival,” said Dorothy Baert.

“The motivation to initiate this event is to raise the profile of excellent coffee served by skilled Baristas on the West Coast,” she said.

“This will offer experienced baristas a higher level of training in barista skills. The workshop will also cover the steps for preparing for the Barista Challenge which will take place June 8 as part of the Tofino Food and Wine Festival,” said Baert.

The event is set for Sunday, May 25 from 2-5 p.m. at Main Street Espresso at Tofino Sea Kayaking 320 Main St. in Tofino. Cost is $40. To register call: 250 725 4222 editor@westerlynews.ca