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New Nonprofit Launches Barista Training Program For Homeless, At-Risk Youth

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Above: A cup of coffee is pictured, Nov. 26, 2010.

New Nonprofit Launches Barista Training Program For Homeless, At-Risk Youth


Savannah Phillilps, founder, San Diego Coffee Training Institute

Robert Coleman, president/CEO, Second Chance


A new nonprofit wants to offer disadvantaged San Diegans a chance to get their foot in the door of the growing craft coffee industry.

The San Diego Coffee Training Institute, aims to recruit, train and provide job placement for the homeless, at-risk youth and low-income individuals.

“Specialty coffee in San Diego, as well as around the country is booming,” said Savannah Phillips, founder of SDCTI and Quality Assurance Manager at Cafe Virtuoso in a press release. “This is a wonderful opportunity for us to help at-risk populations in the community out of poverty while also further elevating the specialty coffee industry as a whole by bringing in more highly-skilled certified workers.”

Phillips plans to partner with other local nonprofits such as Second Chance and the San Diego Workforce Partnership to train individuals on the art and science behind brewing and pouring specialty coffee.

A launch party and fundraiser will be held Thursday at Cafe Virtuoso.

Phillips and Robert Coleman, president and CEO of Second Chance, discussed the new barista training program, Wednesday on Midday Edition.

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