A great day at Voyagers training facility Buckfastleigh. Essential Barista course with Kate, Amy and Steve of Voyager.
Happy to say we all passed!
Local legends, Alfi Romeo Band, played blues and reggae on the terrace while the crowds made the most of our Happy Hour cocktails sizzling BBQ. We’re looking forward to welcoming them back.
For the third year running, Delicious Dart Trail charity fancy dress fun run stopped at Waterside Bistro. It was a packed crowd and Waterside Bistro donated £2 from every full breakfast we sold to CHICKS children’s charity.
A coffee morning with a difference took place recently at the Waterside Bistro in Totnes with customers able to appreciate why coffee served at the popular restaurant tastes so good. The informal event brought together local supplier, Voyager Coffee Roasters of Buckfastleigh and the Waterside team led by chef/owner Matt Buzzo to promote the art of the very best in coffee making.
Restaurant managers and service team members were presented with Advanced Barista training awards and then followed “coffee tastings” for interested customers and the unveiling of a new guest speciality coffee, Café Femenino from Peru that will be on offer alongside the Bistro’s regular Road Trip and decaffeinated coffees, all supplied by Voyager.
Matt Buzzo is keen to support and further the growing reputation of Totnes’ café/coffee culture by investing in formal Barista Training for his service team at the Waterside Bistro and to publicly recognise their barista talents of being able to serve a wonderful cup of coffee every time and talk to customers about the coffee’s origins from bean to cup.
The Coffee Academy at Voyager’s head office at Buckfastleigh, is an accredited BSA and City & Guilds Barista Training Centre and it has recently been recognised nationally as The Best Training Initiative of the Year. It was here that the Waterside team underwent Professional Barista Coffee Training.
Voyager’s Paul Rigby who presented the awards said afterwards: “We are pleased and proud to now supply the Waterside Bistro and to offer support and train the serving team. Matt is always concerned about the detail and ingredients in what he does through his food and drink offer. He recognizes that it’s worthwhile investing in time, staff and the best San Remo coffee machine through Voyager Coffee Roasters to be able to consistently serve great coffee to his customers.” Matt Buzzo aims to use local suppliers wherever he can and with Voyager Coffee nearby and also striving for excellence in their business, the relationship aims to go from strength to strength.
Matt explained: “We can work together to meet coffee lovers’ discerning demands and I’ll be looking to Voyager to ensure the Waterside Bistro stays at the forefront of the global coffee market and our customers enjoy the best coffees from sustainable production sources from around the world. We’re really interested in the process of coffee production and in the new coffees coming onto the market. The Voyager artisan roasted coffees we serve are also on sale at the Bistro. ”
Lewis Meek, one of Waterside’s delighted recipients of the Advanced Barista award added: “We do get people asking questions about the coffee we serve, so the training has definitely helped us all. I’m really proud to have formal recognition and the qualification and to be able to call myself a coffee barista. I feel much more confident now and love using the brilliant and iconic San Remo machine.”