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Café Management Essentials (Sydney)

This class is not being run at present

Our Café Management Essentials course is a critical investment for those that are opening a café or thinking of opening a café.

In the course we cover all the basics you will need to consider:

  • Creating a checklist for buying a Café/Espresso Bar
  • Using Breakeven Analysis for a Café/Espresso Bar
  • Hazards to Avoid buying a Café/Espresso Bar
  • Steps to create a Basic Café/Espresso Bar Business Plan Template
  • Starting a Café/Espresso Bar from scratch vs. buying one already established
  • Why buy a Café/Espresso Bar Franchise?
  • Important Design Elements to consider when designing your Café/Espresso Bar
  • Importance of Selecting the Right Products/Suppliers
  • Devising your menu
  • The Importance of Choosing the Right Staff for your Café/Espresso Bar
  • The Importance of Employee Training
  • Designing the look of your Café/Espresso Bar
    • Business identity,
    • Branding
    • Staff’s look
  • Steps to increase your business
  • How to approach the successful sale of your Café/Espresso Bar

This course is run by the principals of BARISTA BASICS Coffee Academy; David Gee and Matthew Gee.

David has a Bachelor of Commerce, from the University of New South Wales, Australia and an MBA from the William E. Simon Business School at the University of Rochester, New York, USA.  

Matthew has a Bachelor of Economics (Honours) degree and a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) degree, both from the University of Sydney.  

David Gee and Matthew Gee bring not only their financial, legal and marketing skills to the table but they have also owned four successful espresso bars and a boutique coffee roaster.

David and Matthew have written a book on coffee and barista training. This was published in January 2004 and is entitled bean there, drunk that... (the definitive guide to coffee and the world of the barista). It covers everything from the history of coffee, growing/harvesting and roasting coffee, coffee freshness, the grinder, the espresso machine, frothing milk, pouring the different coffees, home espresso machines as well as getting and keeping a job as a barista. The book is used in selected high schools and TAFE colleges around Australia as part of their hospitality training courses. It is now in its second edition and sells worldwide.
They have also completed three training dvds (The Coffee Menu, Master Barista and Coffee Art and Presentation Techniques ) which, along with their book are now on sale (either by purchasing on the internet by clicking on the icon on the home page, by phoning 1300 366 218 or through the barista courses).
Matthew and David have been feature writers for industry magazine Bean Scene and regular contributors to Australian Hospitality Magazine, Eatdrink Magazine, Australian Table Magazine and Loreal's Matrix magazine. David and Matthew have appeared on Bert Newton's Good Morning Australia, Channel 9's Fresh with Jeff Jantsz, numerous times on Mornings with Kerri-Anne and Sunday and NBN's Today Extra with Nat Jeffery.              
They have also worked as official espresso tasters for Choice Magazine's 2004-2016 review of home espresso machines. They have also been regulars on 2UE and ABC radio.
David and Matthew have also recently completed a print and cinema ad campaign featuring their latte art for a major international brand.
In August 2007 their coffee art formed the basis of a 2-page feature spread in the London Daily Mail.
In 2004, BARISTA BASICS coffee class was accredited by the TAFE system so that students who complete MASTER BARISTA can get a TAFE certificate as well as their BARISTA BASICS certificates.
Whilst running Barista Basics, David and Matthew consulted for a major coffee company from 2004-2007 but since September 2007 have chosen to focus exclusively on their training business.
In May 2008, after years of planning, audits and site visits, the Barista Basics Coffee Academy was granted Registered Training Organisation status by the various applicable government regulatory bodies.
(CBD College RTO No. 91399)


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Course dates Cafe Management Essentials (Sydney Only)