Coffee, it’s the world in your hands

Our philosophy is to drive passion, to ensure quality coffee training and cafe experiences for all. We aim to teach employable skills through direct access to wider industry and provide practical on the job training in fully functioning cafes.

The journey began for Claire Matheson and Dan Burford by establishing Co-Ed Cafe back in 2014 with the goal of having a cafe that provided practical training and real cafe experiences for those wanting to develop careers in the coffee industry. Quickly it became apparent that Co-Ed was a hit with the local community and with the growing connections and providing barista, coffee and cafe training to secondary schools, commercial establishments and the domestic coffee enthusiast. Co-Ed evolved into a hub for those with differing abilities.

In recognition for Co-Ed Cafe’s achievements in the local community with the focus on inclusion and diversity, Claire and Dan’s Co-Ed Cafe has won:

  • 2015 Employer of the Year award from Deaf Aotearoa (deaf.org.nz)
  • 2015 Diversability Award from the Equal Employment Opportunities Trust (EEO Trust – diversityawards.org.nz)
  • 2015 Runner up – Wellington Regional Airport Community Award for Education and Child Youth Development
  • In 2015 Co-Ed Cafe was featured on Seven Sharp – Coffee In Silence

Being involved with Co-Ed Cafe, Claire saw a need to change the values in the industry to be more diverse and inclusive by being inspired by many who have differing abilities, She saw an opportunity to inspire this change by engraining it into the next generation of baristas from the beginning. Combining that with over 20 years international experience in the coffee industry, Coffee Educators was born.

As we grow to be industry leading trainers, we know the importance of tailoring our teachings to the student’s needs, however as an employer, we know the importance of having job-seekers who have tangible experience which transfers into employable skills. We continue to focus on developing strong, practical and diverse coffee training courses for all.

We strongly believe that coffee offers the skills to support further education and travel. But also the door to a diverse and exciting industry where many careers have been forged through the making of that one special cup.

In 2016, Coffee Educators was a Finalist in the Attitude Awards as an ACC Employer of the Year.