There are schools for chefs and restaurant management, but how about formal training for coffee baristas?
Counter Culture Coffee, a roaster out of North Carolina, just opened a training center above the soon-to-open Ultimo Coffee shop at 22d and Catharine Streets in Southwest Center City.
On Saturday, Sept. 8 from noon to 4 p.m., there will be an open house in the space, 2149 Catharine St., second floor. At 1 p.m. there will be a public coffee cupping.
Training sessions are free for employees of Counter Culture's customers (including Ultimo, Shot Tower, a.kitchen, and Odd Fellows), but are open to all ($75 for half-day, $150 full day) - to such folks as home users and baristas at local shops who want to caffeinate their game.