Chris Abrahams, FreshStop Coffee Brand Manager has been nominated for the Coffee Magazine Awards 2021, in the category of Barista Trainer of the Year.

The nominations are awarded the very best Barista Trainers in the land. They teach and inspire, they train and they serve. They impart wisdom learned from thousands of hours behind the espresso machine and their subject matter is technique, science, aesthetics and service.

Well done Chris, or as he is affectionately known at FreshStop; “Mr Manhattan.”


Check Coffee Magazine for the full list of 2021 nominations.


How long does it take to train to be a Barista?

It really isn’t a one size fits all, but barista training can take about 3 months to gain competency and then 1 year to be fully proficient. And then, to get to Chris’ level, it is years of dedication and passion.

What skills should a barista have?

If you are looking to train as a barista, here are some good skills to have:

  • Great communication skills
  • A happy, friendly personality
  • Customer service skills and knowledge
  • High level of attention-to-detail
  • Enthusiasm to develop your skills and knowledge
  • A love for coffee!