October 22, 2020 – Today, feeling safe is one of the main requirements of guests in catering facilities, and for caterers to make it possible, some in Croatia already have a certificate for safe coffee preparation.
Food and beverage safety in catering facilities has never been more important. In the age of the coronavirus pandemic, many caterers are turning to innovative solutions to provide their guests with safety while consuming food and drink.
As Večernji.hr reports, more than 500 catering facilities in all parts of Croatia have a certificate of safe coffee preparation called “Safer coffee”. It is a certificate that guarantees the highest level of safety and hygiene in coffee preparation, and caterers can get it by taking the online training “Safer Coffee Preparation Training”.
This innovative concept was launched by the Austrian family company Julius Meinl, known for its sustainable and socially responsible business on a global scale. The project is available in more than 20 countries where Julius Meinl owns its companies, including Austria, Croatia, Italy, Germany, but also the USA and China.
“Based on the recommendations of the World Health Organization and in cooperation with AISC – Austrian Society for Infection Control, a protocol has been created that is applied in cafes, hotels, and restaurants around the world, focusing on all phases of coffee preparation and service. The protocol provides the highest quality with an additional level of security,” explains Marko Crnogorac, global sales director and head of International Key Accounts of the Julius Meinl company.
Coffee experts educate the staff of bars, restaurants, and hotels through video tutorials. Training participants acquire the knowledge and skills of small precautions that include the safety distance between customers, setting up containers for sugar or tea bags in a way to avoid handling customers, using a mask and hand sanitizer before each beverage preparation, and many other steps. After taking the online exam and obtaining the certificate, the teams will check every month whether the owners of the “Safer Coffee” certificate adhere to all the conditions for the safe preparation of coffee.
And how do you know if your favorite coffee shop has this certificate? Certified catering facilities can be identified by the prominent quality label for safer coffee preparation at the front door or the entrance.
The great interest in obtaining this certificate at more than 500 catering facilities in Croatia proves that for caterers, it is important to provide guests with a sense of security and that they strive to adapt to new requirements of guests.