Ground UP Academy & Cafés

A LtE initiative, the Ground UP Academy offers barista training to the unemployed - Hope in a Cup

Operating as usual

24/08/2022

Ground UP Barista Academy (Learn to Earn) Graduates 2017-2021

If you graduated from a Ground UP course between 2017 and 2021 you may receive an SMS from us asking that you to complete an online survey for the course funder.

They are wanting to know:
How you have been doing since you finished your course at LtE/Ground UP Barista Academy
What you are currently doing and
If being at LtE/Ground UP Barista Academy has benefited you

The SMS will have a link to the on-line form asking various questions.

(We are using the numbers that we have on record for you – if it has changed since you graduated, please send us a DIRECT message with the new number, your course and your name – please don’t add your information to the comments section as this is a public page)

Photos from Ground UP Academy &  Cafés's post 12/08/2022

Hope in a cup

Just what is needed on a cold, wet Cape Winter morning.

09/08/2022

‘Wathint' Abafazi, Wathint' Imbokodo' ‘You strike the women, you strike the rock.’

These words from the famous resistance song have come to symbolise the courage and strength expressed at the Women's March of 1956 as South African women refused to give into increasing oppression without some form of protest.

Before the 1950s, only black men were required to carry passes. This gave them permission to be in an urban area. Only people who could find work were given a pass. This allowed the government to control the influx of black men into the cities. The pass law was one of the most hated of the apartheid laws. Men were repeatedly arrested under this law, and it had the effect of turning the majority of the population into criminals.

In 1952, the government announced that Black women would also have to carry passes. Women actively resisted this. The idea began in 1955 at a meeting of FSAW, where a suggestion was made: "Let us go to Pretoria ourselves and protest to the Government against laws that oppress us."

On the 9th of August 1956, over 20 000 women of all races marched in unison to the Union Buildings in Pretoria to hand over a petition to the then South African prime minister Hans (JG) Strijdom.

This was a significant turning point in the struggle against unjust apartheid laws. Though the march was against the restrictive pass laws, it led to significant changes towards the emancipation of women. (https://www.saha.org.za/women/national_womens_day.htm)

Today National Women's Day draws attention to significant issues women still face, such as parenting, domestic violence, sexual harassment in the workplace, pornography, unequal pay, and schooling for all girls.

Photos from Ground UP Academy &  Cafés's post 26/07/2022

New Course Alert!!
Don't forget that we have a new course on offer at the Ground UP Academy - the Ground UP Academy Technical Skills Course.

Are you technically minded – do you like fixing things, are you practical, do you have some electrical knowledge, understand some basic plumbing, have worked on a bicycle, computer, car, fixed home appliances or any other item that has some electric, mechanical, or electronic aspect to it, then this course will suit you!
This course will give the graduate a basic understanding of the functionality of a coffee machine (domestic and commercial), coffee grinders and other coffee equipment. You will be able to trouble shoot basic equipment issues and have knowledge on how to conduct a basic service, repairs, and maintenance of these machines. Possible areas of employment could be working for a coffee equipment and supplier business or hotel group or coffee chain that requires maintenance and repairs to coffee related equipment.

Modules Covered include:
• Understanding coffee machines, grinders, and components
• Machine Hydraulics and Grinder Technology
• How to safely use electrical equipment
• Cleaning & maintaining a coffee machine and grinder
• Coffee Preparation relating to the use of the machine and the grinder

Ground UP Academy: Technical Skills
Total Course Fee: R400 (2 x payments of R200) & R200 non-refundable course registration fee.
Times: 08h30-16h30 Mon - Thurs & 08h30 – 15h30 Fri
Duration: 6 weeks
Venue: Ground UP Claremont
Entry Requirement: Grade 10, and a written & practical assessment. Barista background would be an advantage.
Value of the course (cost to Learn to Earn): R20 650

Add your name to the assessment list via this link: https://tinyurl.com/LtEcourseinterest, (you will need to d a written and practical assessment)

Photos from Ground UP Academy &  Cafés's post 18/07/2022

We recently had a visit from the owners of Terebinte Farm (close to Graskop, Mpumalanga), and they dropped off some goodies! Avos, berries, homemade syrups, honey, and ginger – we also received some ginger and galangal for planting.

BUT the most exciting news for us as GROUND UP is that the owners of Terebinte have STARTED PLANTING COFFEE TREES! Hopefully soon we can taste some homegrown coffee. Keep an eye out for their delivery road trips! (See their page for more info on these trips).



@terebinte_guest_farm
Terebinte Goose and Berry Farm

Photos from Ground UP Academy &  Cafés's post 05/07/2022

‘I didn’t know that much about coffee - that it grows on a tree, and it requires farming and harvesting. Ground UP taught me that coffee is even deeper than that – coffee feeds families, it creates employment, it sends kids to school.

I really enjoy this industry and my job, it is challenging but fun because I get to work with energetic people about the same age as me, so it is easy for us to connect, and it is easy for me to learn from them. The challenging part was learning about the new drinks - how to make a Frappuccino or a caramel macchiato and all of the special drinks and seasonal drinks that other shops don’t have.

Ground UP teaches you a lot about yourself too, I learned how to be disciplined in my work, and to respect my work and believe in myself. I believe I can do anything that I see someone else do.’

Thembela did the Ground UP Barista course at the beginning of the year.

To add your name to the course waiting list use this link: https://tinyurl.com/LtEcourseinterest

add your name - come to the interview - do the course - change your life

Details:
Cost: R450 (R200 course registration fee) + R250 course fee
8 weeks long
Entry requirement: grade 10 & a desire to work in the hospitality industry.


@esquaredinvestments

Photos from Ground UP Academy &  Cafés's post 01/07/2022

Look out for these newly graduated Baristas in a Cape Town coffee shop....

Congratulations to the 3rd class of 2022

The online course waiting list is open for applications, you can access the form via this link: https://tinyurl.com/LtEcourseinterest

Details:
Cost: R450 (R200 course registration fee) + R250 course fee
8 weeks long
Entry requirement: grade 10 & a desire to work in the hospitality industry.

Photos from Ground UP Academy &  Cafés's post 01/07/2022

Pre graduation fun!

Today the 3rd barista course of the GUP Claremont graduated - some fun photos before handing over the certificates.

Photos from Ground UP Academy &  Cafés's post 21/06/2022

New Course Alert!!

Exciting News - the Ground UP Academy is happy to announce that we have a new course offering - the Ground UP Academy Technical Skills Course.

Are you technically minded – do you like fixing things, are you practical, do you have some electrical knowledge, understand some basic plumbing, have worked on a bicycle, computer, car, fixed home appliances or any other item that has some electric, mechanical, or electronic aspect to it, then this course will suit you!

This course will give the graduate a basic understanding of the functionality of a coffee machine (domestic and commercial), coffee grinders and other coffee equipment. You will be able to trouble shoot basic equipment issues and have knowledge on how to conduct a basic service, repairs, and maintenance of these machines. Possible areas of employment could be working for a coffee equipment and supplier business or hotel group or coffee chain that requires maintenance and repairs to coffee related equipment.

Modules Covered include:
• Understanding coffee machines, grinders, and components
• Machine Hydraulics and Grinder Technology
• How to safely use electrical equipment
• Cleaning & maintaining a coffee machine and grinder
• Coffee Preparation relating to the use of the machine and the grinder

Ground UP Academy: Technical Skills
Total Course Fee: R400 (2 x payments of R200) & R200 non-refundable course registration fee.
Times: 08h30-16h30 Mon - Thurs & 08h30 – 15h30 Fri
Duration: 6 weeks
Venue: Ground UP Claremont
Entry Requirement: Grade 10, and a written & practical assessment. Barista background would be an advantage.
Value of the course (cost to Learn to Earn): R20 650

Add your name to the assessment list via this link: https://tinyurl.com/LtEcourseinterest.

16/06/2022

16 June

This year marks the 46th anniversary of the 16 June 1976 student uprising in Soweto when young people protested against imposition of Afrikaans by the apartheid regime as a medium of instruction. The uprising ended tragically with hundreds of young people being brutally killed. Following the advent of democracy in 1994, the new democratic government declared 16 June as National Youth Day and June as the Youth Month. The declaration honours of the contribution of the youth in the struggle for the liberation of South Africa.

For more info visit .gov.za website

Photos from Ground UP Academy &  Cafés's post 27/05/2022

Along with making an excellent cup of coffee – customer service is a very important skill to learn as a barista.

The Hermanus Ground UP Academy were recently busy with the Waitering Skills module. One of the sessions is a demonstration that is done for students to see and understand how to speak to a guest, how to seat them and to serve them.

This is very important in the hospitality Industry especially for baristas as they speak with customers all day. The class enjoyed the practical - learning about the importance of customer service, communication in the hospitality industry and hygiene.

If you are in Hermanus and surrounds and are interested in becoming a becoming a barista – visit the Learn to Earn Hermanus campus to find out more and complete an application form. You won’t be sorry – this course will change your life!

8 weeks long
Full day
Grade 10 & desire work in the hospitality industry
Cost: R200 (course registration fee) & R250 course fee (payable in instalments during the course) = R450

26/05/2022

Ending violence against women is everyone’s responsibility.

Here are ten ways you can make a difference:
1. Listen to and believe survivors
2. Teach the next generation about respecting themselves and others.
3. Find out what services are available in your area to support survivors of GBV.
4. Understand consent.
5. Learn the signs of an abusive relationship.
6. Start a conversation about GBV.
7. Challenge your own opinion on how women and men should be treated.
8. Support local businesses that generate income for women so that they can gain financial freedom from their partners.
9. Hold each other accountable on how you speak about women or to women.
10. Educate yourself on GBV and share what you've learned with a friend.

Have you tried any of these 10 ways to make a difference? Let us know….

Photos from Ground UP Academy &  Cafés's post 25/05/2022

Asanda’s thoughts on the Ground UP Barista course – in just few months his life has changed!

‘I was excited to start at Ground UP at the beginning of 2022, but I was also a bit worried that it would be boring and that it won’t properly prepare me for becoming a barista. But I learnt a lot. Not only did we learn the basics of doing your job well, but also things that I didn’t expect at all, like that coffee is actually from a tree and the process the fruit goes through to become coffee beans.

During the course we also leart about ourselves, not only about coffee. I learnt that the small opportunities you get in life can open up big doors in the future, just like the course opened up the opportunity for me to get a job.

I am very happy in my job, and even though there is more pressure than on the course, it is worth it. It wasn’t so easy to get to know their whole menu, but it is important if you want to serve your customers, and that is one of my favourite things about this job – getting to know all my friendly customers!’

Asanda – it is so good to hear that you enjoy your job, well done on what you have achieved since the beginning of the year!

The good news is that Tuesday next week – 31 May – at 9am we are opening up the waiting list for the Claremont Barista Academy course starting in July. So, if you want to change your life and learn a new skill, Tuesday is the day to remember.

You can access the form via this link: https://tinyurl.com/LtEcourseinterest

Details:
Cost: R450 (R200 course registration fee) + R250 course fee
8 weeks long
Entry requirement: grade 10 & a desire to work in the hospitality industry.

Photos from Ground UP Academy &  Cafés's post 24/05/2022

The Ground UP Hermanus Barista students are in week 5 and are continuing with their practical training – pulling espresso shots and texturizing milk. It has been challenging as all the public holidays affected the training schedule – this has meant that one group is ready to go on their internship sessions while the other group are still needing so time on the machines - practicing how to froth milk, and then learning & perfecting their pouring technique.

If you are in Hermanus and surrounds and are interested in becoming a becoming a barista – visit the Learn to Earn Hermanus to find out more and complete an application form. You won’t be sorry – this course will change your life!

8 weeks long
Full day
Grade 10 & desire work in the hospitality industry
Cost: R200 (course registration fee) & R250 course fee (payable in instalments during the course) = R450

27/04/2022

27 April

Freedom Day is the commemoration of the first democratic elections held in South Africa on 27 April 1994. These were the first post-apartheid national elections to be held in South African where anyone could vote regardless of race.

How old were you in 1994 and do you have any memories of the day?

17/04/2022

“He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.”
1 Peter 2: 24

15/04/2022

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.

John 3 16 & 17

12/04/2022

It’s always a privilege to host our Ground UP Barista students for 8 weeks, seeing how they go from shy and unsure of what to expect to baristas full of confidence.

The next course is starting soon and we have space available at the Claremont training venue. To add your name to the waiting list please use this link: https://tinyurl.com/LtEcourseinterest

Videos (show all)

Agnes & Isaiah showing us how to make an espresso-based drink. Three weeks ago - this was a daunting prospect, but now t...
Making coffee part two
Barista student Isaiah sharing his thoughts on coffee and being at the Ground UP Barista Academy. If you would like to d...
A quick review of Ground UP training 2018!
LtE Hermanus singing & celebrations December 2018 video 1
LtE Hermanus singing & celebrations December 2018 video 2
Learn to Earn December 2018 Graduation
SA Barista Competition 2017
Ground UP at the 2017 Justice Conference
Ground UP Barista Academy Week 1.3 2/02
Ground UP Barista Academy Week 1.2  2/02
Ground UP Barista Academy - Week 2 2/02

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