We’re committed to helping you serve great-tasting coffee, time after time. We have an experienced team of baristas on hand not just to show you how to make the best coffee, but also to train you and your staff so you can do the same.
Lara and Andrea are enthusiastic and passionate about great coffee, and are ready to share their passion with you. They’ll help you and your staff understand the basics - the origins and processes behind the coffee they serve, how to get the best out of the machinery and developing the role of the barista - right through to advanced cupping and latte art techniques if required.
A visit from one of our baristas will inspire and enthuse your staff, helping your business grow.Lara Hunter Rodwell
After twelve years ‘down-under’ learning and refining her barista skills, Lara Rodwell has returned to the UK to take up the role of barista trainer at Peros. Having originally set out to work and travel around the world during a single gap year, Lara discovered a passion for coffee and its ‘community’ in Australia that persuaded her to stay for twelve years.
It began when her travels took her to New South Wales and Lara found a job in a small café serving the vibrant East-coast tourist resort of Bruswick Heads. Lara spent six years here, inspired and enthused by like-minded individuals, learning more and more about coffee, its preparation and the culture that surrounds it.
“Australia, at that time, was probably the best place in the world to learn about coffee,” says Lara. “It’s so embedded in the community that coffee is not just about the beverage, it’s more about the social side. Cafés are the places to meet and get to know people and good baristas are local heroes - everyone loves them!”
For the next six years, Lara moved on to develop her experience and skills as head barista at various operations in Byron Bay, including the five-star resort ‘The Byron’. Here she worked closely with Paul Bassett, World Barista champion 2003, helping to showcase his winning espresso blend. She also paid regular visits to his roastery in Sydney to understand more about the journey from bean to cup.
Lara is now bringing her experience home to the UK as a barista trainer with Peros, but is still looking to learn new ideas. She feels the UK coffee scene is now on a par with Australia, with fewer practitioners but more experimentation. “In the UK there’s more willingness to push boundaries and do things differently. All baristas need to be humble enough to learn from each other, so we can continuously enhance our offering,” she says.
“My job as a trainer is not only to explain the skills required to be a better barista, but also to fire the same passion for great coffee that inspired and enthused me when I started out. Being a barista is a great skill to have - one that opens up opportunities throughout the world. And don’t forget, everyone loves a good barista!”