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Barista Skills teaches the essentials practical skills needed behind the espresso bar such as how to set your grinder, make espresso, foam and texture milk for cappuccinos, and create latte art as well as an exploration of health and safety issues, customer service protocols, and basic business practices.


The Barista Skills Foundation course provides beginners with a foundational insight into coffee and equips them with essential techniques such as grinder adjustment, espresso preparation, milk foaming, texturing, and latte art based on SCA quality benchmarks. The program emphasizes health, safety, and exceptional customer service. Through hands-on activities and learning objectives, participants are primed to master the fundamental duties of a barista. Their theoretical understanding is further assessed through a written examination tailored to the course’s core objectives.

Espresso 101

Dive into an enlightening journey where we unravel the authentic story of espresso, distinguishing genuine facts from widespread misconceptions. Where does this rich brew truly originate? Join us and demystify the world of espresso.

The Art of the Perfect Espresso Shot!

Dive deep into the world of authentic espresso creation with our comprehensive guide. Uncover how to expertly operate a professional espresso maker, and get insider tips on choosing the perfect machine for your home or cafe. Plus, unlock foundational techniques to craft tantalizing espresso recipes and finetune your grinder for consistently flawless shots.

Milk Magic: MicRoFoAm

The magic behind a heavenly milk espresso drink? It’s all in the milk’s texture. Explore the art of creating exquisite microfoam, the hidden gem behind irresistibly sweet and velvety espresso beverages. Join us in this detailed guide as we unravel and practice the steps to achieving that dreamy milk consistency.

Basics of Latte Art - Paint with Milk

Embark on a journey to perfect your milk-based espresso concoctions. Discover the ideal recipes and proportions for sublime beverages, and take your first exciting steps into the mesmerizing realm of latte art.

Safety and Cleaning

Ensuring your espresso equipment is clean and well-maintained is paramount. It not only aligns with health standards but is the secret to consistently crafting top-notch drinks. Plus, give your espresso equipment the love it deserves to ensure it serves you for years to come.


The Barista Skills Intermediate course builds on the concepts and skills introduced in the Foundation course. It is ideal for someone who has barista skills experience and wants to explore how to improve coffee quality and prepare for more complex job functions found in the barista profession.

Deep Dive into Coffee Characteristics:

  • Understand the impact of coffee’s variety, origins, and processing on flavor.
  • Explore different coffee beans and their unique flavor profiles.

Advanced Brewing Techniques!

  • Master the parameters of coffee quantity, grind texture, and water quality.
  • Learn how to dial in a brew recipe considering various interacting parameters like shot time.

Espresso Based Drinks

  • Gain insights into constructing various coffee beverages.
  • Identify and appreciating the taste differences in various coffee drinks.

Workflow Management

  • Efficiently manage the barista workflow to enhance customer service.
  • Implement strategies for effective and efficient coffee preparation and delivery.

Tasting Skills Development

  • Enhance sensory skills, focusing on espresso extraction.
  • Develop a palate to discern different flavors and qualities in coffee.
  • Milk Handling and Latte Art

    • Learn advanced milk handling techniques and ensuring quality.
    • Further develop latte art with practical techniques and tips.

    Health and Safety Protocols

    • Understand and adhere to health and safety guidelines in a coffee shop setting.
    • Ensure cleanliness and safety in all barista operations.

    Customer Service Excellence

    • Learn the art of customer service in the coffee industry.
    • Handle customer inquiries, orders, and complaints with professionalism.

    This structured learning path ensures that students not only enhance their practical barista skills but also gain a comprehensive understanding of the various aspects of coffee, customer service, and basic business management in a coffee shop setting.


    The Barista Skills Professional course is designed to test advanced skills and detailed knowledge of the science behind processes used by a professional barista (for example, a barista with 12 months or more of work experience). Successful candidates will have explored and demonstrated the advanced skills typically expected of a head barista. In particular, participants will learn a sophisticated tasting methodology and descriptive explanation of coffee flavors; gain a detailed understanding of drink ingredients and the techniques available to maximize the quality of the drinks made; understand how to manage the skills of others to produce quality drinks; demonstrate an understanding of how to develop brew recipes and a systematic method of structuring beverage menus; and finally be able to consistently apply the highest standard of latte art and milk steaming techniques. A written exam tests professional course knowledge while a practical exam tests the skills described above based on different working activities carried out during the course.

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    How to Start a Coffee Shop Course $999.95 (reg $1299.95)

    The course covers all the essential components necessary to open your own coffee shop. It starts with sharpening your concept and analyzing the marketplace and your target customer base. Financial planning, finding the right location, building a team that aligns with your company values, and sustainable business practices are also key topics addressed in the course.

    Participants learn about the specialty coffee market’s growth, projected market size, and the definition of a specialty coffee shop. The course also delves into common mistakes made in the industry and provides insights on ingredients for success, including hard work, understanding the numbers, organization, integrity, dreaming big, and empathizing with customers.

    This course provides aspiring coffee shop owners with a comprehensive guide to opening their own cafe, helping them navigate the complexities of the industry and develop a solid foundation for a successful venture.

    The course is on Thursday and Friday right after the SCA Barista Intermediate Course.

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