Artisan has been set up by Edwin and Magda. Having both spent a year in Uganda they arrived back in the UK in 2011 and decided to shun the usual 9-5. Seeing the trend of independent coffee houses in Central and East London they made it their aim to bring quality coffee to West and South West London. Their business plan was simple: great coffee and the rest will fall into place. Edwin brings a wealth of knowledge of the local area – having been brought up in London, whilst Magda brings a passion for authentic fine tasting coffee – coming from Australia where coffee is more of an obsession than a drink. However now that Artisan is up and running, they realise they are working 5-9 instead of the usual 9-5!
Michael our Head of Training, originally from Co. Cork, Ireland moved to London over six years ago to study music at The British and Irish Modern Music Institute. Once finished he went looking for something new, and when his sister (an Artisan Putney regular from its inception) suggested he apply for a position as a barista, one assumes in the hopes of free beverages, he went for it.
Having already plied his trade as a Barista, Senior Barista and Head Barista for the company as well as as a Production Roaster at Curious Roo Coffee Roasters, Mike has now set his focus on the school and all that it entails. He is one of Artisans Authorised Specialty Trainers (AST) with licenses in both Barista Skills and Brewing. He is currently focusing on his own roasting training and will complete the SCA Roasting Professional course in June of this year.
Michael had over 8 years’ experience in hospitality and customer service before joining Artisan nearly 3 years ago. He firmly believes the skills he learned in both have been integral to his progress within Artisan and the Specialty Coffee Industry. He strives to bring a greater level of hospitality to the industry while continuing to be strangely obsessed with workflow efficiency and shop floor ergonomics.
Dean Mackay comes from the province of Kwa-Zulu Natal in South Africa, a very tropical climate and chilled lifestyle. His journey into the coffee industry started around 6 years ago when he was a restaurant manager and had to fill in for his barista that fell sick, this first attempt was apparently a disaster, however the seed was sown and Dean was hooked. With the help of his good friend and SA barista champion, over the next few years Dean was shown the road to specialty coffee.
Over the past couple of years his passion for coffee has grown dramatically and his love for its ever-increasing complexity. Dean is now a leading trainer at Artisan Coffee School and prior to this role he worked as a chef and feels that a lot of the qualities of being a chef has helped him become an industry-recognised barista.
Since joining Artisan, he has become a professional level AST coffee trainer in both SCA Barista and Brewing modules. Dean is also proud to have picked up a few awards along his coffee journey, his last being first place in the South West London Latte Art Competition.
When he is not training or working behind the espresso machine he likes to discover new cafes, food markets or enjoying his passion for cars and bikes.
What does Kasia love the most? Coffee without milk, Nutella, Ham and Cheddar with ketchup and wonderful people who she can speak with. She found it Artisan and the Artisan Coffee School. If you don’t see her behind the machine she will be teaching her lovely students in the school or she is probably exploring London’s coffee shops, galleries and museums. Before she moved to London from Warsaw she worked from 9 to 5 in the events environment. Now she can’t imagine her day just behind a computer!
We have an array of wonderful training rooms at Artisan Coffee School.
Upstairs, our Artisan room equipped with three stunning La Marzocco Linea Minis and plenty of Mythos 1 grinders to boot, this is the ideal spot for home brewers courses. Here you will find our Latte Art, Signature and Home Brew Master Classes as well as plenty of Private Sessions.
Downstairs is where we really mean business. Almost all of our SCA Accredited courses in Barista Skills, Brewing and Sensory Skills happen down here. Stocked with some of the most interesting coffee from roasters far and wide and with every piece of kit imaginable, not least our La Marzocco machines (2 x 2 group Linea PB’s and 1 x 2 group Linea ABR), there is nothing that we can’t brew!
Curious Roo Coffee Roasters is where we run all of our SCA Roasting modules which can be found not far away in sunny Stamford Brook, just outside of Chiswick. All of our roasting courses take place using our stunning 12kg Diedrich roaster in what is a truly magnificent space!