Troubadour

Coffee Roasters

We are passionate about our coffee. We source our beans through three importers direct from the farms and cooperatives, we roast them on-site, and we make each beverage to order. We do not offer flavors, syrups, smoothies, frappes, meal-type foods or most typical coffee shop drinks, but for good reason. We are very focused on the quality aspect of our coffees and want you to experience coffee for the passion, craft and art of it.  Coffee is the seed of a fruit and if its grown, processed, roasted and brewed properly,  the results will be amazing;  not bitter or burnt. Why cover up the good?  If your black coffee tastes bitter or burnt, you're drinking the wrong coffee, usually poor quality.  Pure and simple and without attitudes or snobbery we challenge you to Rethink Your Coffee.

Now Let's Talk About You

We've already made our mistakes as baristas, roasters, retailers, bakers and coffee shop makers. With a strong desire for a positive coffee experience among people and baristas around the nation, we'd like to share with you our knowledge of opening, equipping, and running a business of making great coffee.  We are the only barista training program in Cleveland and Northeast Ohio!

No Question Left Unanswered

We can help in virtually every aspect of starting your own coffee business or improving your existing undertaking. No expensive service packages, pay only for services that you need: 

 
  • Barista training
  • Menu development
  • Vendor selection
  • Operations
  • Equipment advice
  • General business consulting
  • Layout advice
  • Visual floor plan
 

We can provide phone, email or on-site consultation. Please do not hesitate to call us at (216) 647-6419 to schedule a class, consultation or contact us through our website. 

Barista Training and Coffee Business Classes

We have several classes available for barista training, coffee education and coffee business.

 

Prices:

3 Days – (approx. 21 hrs of instruction) Crop to Cup Fundamentals + Espresso and Milk Skills + Manual Brewing Skills + New Coffee Business Owner Workshop - $1595.00/pp

2 Days (approx. 7 hrs ea day) - Crop to Cup Fundamentals + Espresso and Milk Skills + Manual Brewing Skills - $645/pp

1 Day (approx. 7 hrs) – Crop to Cup Fundamentals + Espresso and Milk Skills - $395/pp

1 Day (approx. 5 hrs) - Crop to Cup Fundamentals + Manual Brewing Skills - $295/pp

 

Class Descriptions:

Crop to Cup Fundamentals

Dedicated to learning where coffee comes from with a crop to cup discussion, complete with visuals where the student will learn the history of coffee, origins, production, harvesting, processing, acids, defects, green coffee grading, terminology, tasting and much more. These fundamentals will give each student a chance to understand coffee cultivation, where it is grown, plant species, varietals, seed processing, roasting, brewing and how it all relates to flavor in the final cup.  We will later apply these principals to Espresso and Milk Skills and/or Manual Coffee Brewing Skills (depending on your class choices) with a hands-on approach. This is literally a seed to cup interaction that will immerse the student into the coffee culture.  Each student will receive a study manual to use in the class, to take notes in and to keep.

 

Espresso and Milk Skills

This is a hands-on approach to learning the fundamentals of espresso and milk science. Students will learn how to properly dose, tamp and pull shots of espresso and understand what they should taste like. We will also learn the basics of blending for espresso, milk texturing and stretching, proper milk temperature for beverages, proper beverage sizes and proportions, and basic latte art. Each student will receive a study manual to use in the class, take notes in and to keep. If this class is taken with Manual Coffee Brewing Skills (below), the first part of day 2 is spent with extra espresso and milk lab time. Each student will receive a study manual to use in the class, to take notes in and to keep.  Included in this class are:

·         Machines, Grinders and Small Wares You’ll Need & Use

·         Bar Layout

·         Pulling the Perfect Shot: Demo and Hands On

·         Steaming and Frothing for Perfection: Demo and Hands On

·         Pouring, Steaming and Frothing for a Latte, Cappuccino & Macchiato

·         Efficiency and consistency

·         Milk & Espresso Lab

·         Basic latte art

·         Equipment Maintenance and Cleaning

 

Manual Brewing Skills

This is a hands-on approach to learning the fundamentals of manual coffee brewing techniques. Students will learn how to properly dose, grind and brew Specialty grade coffees and understand what they should taste like. Students will have a hands-on approach with pour over and French press brew methods and learn the difference between each and how it relates to extraction and flavor profile. Each student will receive a study manual to use in the class, to take notes in and to keep. Included in this class are:

·         Manual Coffee Brewing Methods, Techniques and Equipment: Hands-on lab: Pour over and French press 

·         Proper coffee grind for each method

·         Water to coffee ratio

·         Specific brewing method for a specific coffee for optimum flavor

·         Water Quality

·         Proper Coffee Storage

·         Equipment Maintenance and Cleaning

 

New Coffee Business Owner

Having the right tools and information to open your new coffee shop business is essential to your success. We've already made our mistakes as baristas, roasters, retailers, bakers and coffee shop makers. With a strong desire for a positive coffee experience among people and baristas around the nation, we'd like to share with you our knowledge of opening, equipping, and running a business of making great coffee. Each student will receive a study manual to use in the class, to take notes in and to keep. In this workshop, we will talk about:

·         Pre-Opening Planning

·         Start Up Costs and Pro Forma Financials

·         What Type of Shop Should I Open?

·         Equipment, Leasehold Improvements, Opening Ops Costs

·         Funding Sources

·         Business Plan Development

·         Picking the Right Location

·         Lease Negotiation

·         Café and Store Design

·         Selecting Equipment

·         Menu Development

·         Hiring Staff

·         Small Wares and Supplies

·         Consumables & Paper Goods

·         Store Operations

·         Grand Opening and Onward

·         Other Coffee Revenue Streams

·         Specialty Coffee Marketing

·         Coffee Sourcing and Picking a Roaster

Whether you are just getting into the industry or need to become more hands-on in your shop, our training is for you.  It teaches barista skills paired with personal instruction and consultation to give you the tools you need to feel confident about opening and/or operating a coffee business or working as a professional barista. We can also help you learn or strengthen skills to make a better cuppa Joe or espresso at home.

We do not offer drink building with flavors, blender beverages, food or sandwich prep as part of our program.  We feel that extra time in our milk and espresso lab is more efficient use of your limited & valuable time with us, so we make the best use of it.  We emphasize extra lab time for these techniques so you can leave our program feeling confident about honing your barista and coffee business skills.

Reservations are required.  Training dates/times are not normally listed on our website. We normally require a 30 day advance notice for reservations so we can properly staff our own shop. All classes have limited seating. *Classes, class content & prices are subject to change without notice.

We are private consultants and can work with you one-on-one (up to two attendees from your organization). All training is private instruction and times are scheduled on a per-client basis, based on your schedule and ours. Our training days are Thursday-Sunday but can work with you if there is a conflict.  Give us a call to talk about when we can make it all happen.

Please call me (Tony) at (216) 647-6419 (cell), email tonydicorpo at gmail dot com or contact us through our website if you have any questions or to schedule training!

*Please note we are not a college or career school as defined in the O.R.C.  We are private consultants.