MEET THE TRAINERS
Brent is the founder of The Coffee Training Co. and has a rich history in the specialty coffee industry, focusing on training and development.
Starting his career in 2001 as a barista, he realised his love for coffee and in the coming years Brent went on to complete his diploma in Hospitality Management. This is where his taste for the hospitality business developed and he went on to a sales position with one of Australia’s largest coffee roasters and found some time to part own and operate his first business, a quaint 35sq metre espresso bar.
As part of his role in coffee sales, Brent was responsible for delivering espresso training to cafes, espresso bars, hotel groups and franchises. After 2 years in this position and selling the espresso bar, he took on the Espresso Training Manager's position with one of Australia's largest coffee franchising groups. Here, Brent was responsible for developing and implementing training programs across Australia, New Zealand, New Caledonia, Thailand & China as well as running the groups International Barista Competition.
After 5 years of developing and implementing multiple training & assessment programs and obtaining his Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, Brent decided in March 2013 to make his dream come true. To create complete coffee training experiences for all coffee lovers, from the beginner to the established barista.
Yvonne is the onsite coffee trainer at the Coffee Training Co. She first discovered the art of coffee making when she moved to Australia in 2005 after completing a Bachelor of Business Management in her home country of Germany. Since then she has gained wide-ranging experience in the industry working both as barista and barista trainer.
Her most recent role as head barista involved the implementation of a comprehensive coffee training program
at one of the busiest cafes in Hastings Street, Noosa Heads. Finally in 2015, Yvonne opened her first café at the
Sunshine Coast combining her extensive experience in business management and marketing
with a true passion for Australian specialty coffee.
With a Certificate IV in Training & Assessment, Yvonne comes to the team delighted to share her coffee knowledge and over ten years of experience in the industry with other aspiring baristas, café owners and home brew enthusiasts.
Yvonne runs frequent training courses at the Coffee Training Co. For more information on class times, please see here.