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SCA Introduction to coffee

The Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) Introduction to Coffee Course is the perfect starting point for coffee lovers and professionals alike. This comprehensive program offers a thorough understanding of the world of coffee, from its origins and cultivation to the latest trends in specialty coffee.

In this course, you'll learn about the different types of coffee beans and their origins, and discover the factors that influence coffee flavor and quality, including roasting, brewing, and storage. You'll also gain a deep understanding of the coffee brewing process, from manual methods to state-of-the-art equipment.

In addition to coffee fundamentals, the SCA Introduction to Coffee Course also covers the wider context of the coffee industry, including sustainability, traceability, and ethical sourcing practices. You'll learn about the history of coffee and the development of the specialty coffee movement, and discover how to evaluate coffee quality and appreciate its unique flavor profiles.

Whether you're a barista, café owner, or simply a coffee lover, the SCA Introduction to Coffee Course is an excellent investment in your knowledge and skills. Upon completion, you'll receive an official certificate from the SCA, recognizing your achievement and demonstrating your commitment to the highest standards of coffee preparation. So, if you want to deepen your understanding of the world's most beloved beverage, the SCA Introduction to Coffee Course is the perfect place to start.

Program course and is the most comprehensive 1-day course one can take in the industry. In Introduction to Coffee students develop a common verbal and sensory vocabulary that forms the backbone of the Roaster, Coffee Sensory Skills, Brewing, Barista Skills, and Green Coffee Programs.

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In this course, I will take you on a fun trip following the path of coffee from its origin to your cup. This day is filled with coffee tastings and activities. My promise is that after this course you will know where your coffee comes from, how to differentiate specialty and non-specialty coffee, how it is brewed, and what all the fuss is about.

Hi, my name is Valerian and I have been working with coffee since 2001, when I started Green Plantation Coffee, offering single origin coffee in Slovakia. For more than 15 years I have been working, living and writing about coffee. With the Boot team, I developed the first online coffee education project, You can listen to me and some amazing guests talking coffee business on the Coffeeis.ME  podcast.

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Coffee's Origin

In this segment, we will explore the origin of coffee. This segment will provide the foundations of coffee.

Sensory (tasting) Skills

Learn about the methodology and techniques of tasting coffee. Taste and experience the nuances of different origins, species, and processing studied in the previous module.

Roasting Coffee and Freshness

Roasting coffee is magic. How do roasters turn a hard green bean into an aroma-loaded roasted coffee bean?


Get to know different artisanal brewing methods, learn about the importance of consistency and precision brewing. Follow a few easy rules and techniques, and your coffee will taste amazing!

Cleaning and Maintenance

Understand the importance of clean equipment and a clean & organized working space

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Please refer to our COVID-19 Guidelines 

The course will be at the BOOT COFFEE CAMPUS at 619 Lindaro Street, San Rafael, CA (just north of San Francisco).

Our courses typically begin at 9 am each morning and finish each day between 5 and 7 pm depending on the progress of students in each course.

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We provide 1h lunch break, light snacks and drinks through the duration of the course. Students are responsible to provide their own lunch.