SCA Barista Skills Foundation

Focusing on key barista skills this hands-on course will catapult your knowledge and give you the foundation to step into a cafe or make excellent espresso-based drinks at home.

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In this course you’ll learn the principles of espresso brewing and key barista skills. Designed for students to quickly familiarise themselves and build practical experience with professional espresso machinery, we’ll focus on recipes, consistent dosing, tamping, grind adjustment and how to organise your bar.

Working on milk steaming, pouring techniques and drinks production, you’ll learn how to produce attractive and creamy-textured cappuccinos. The course also covers customer service skills, essential water chemistry and equipment cleaning.

Online and In-Person Course

The course is taught in two parts: a mandatory Online Course and an In-Person Course. 

Upon making your booking, you’ll receive a login to access the mandatory online course on our Learning Platform. Focused on theory, the online course is taught through video presentations and includes introductions to the practical elements of the course.

The in-person course takes place over a half-day in our Training Centre, covering the hands-on and interactive elements of the course. Please note that you must complete the online course before attending your in-person course at our Training Centre.

You’ll receive a workbook in the post ahead of your course. If you're booking from outside of the UK you'll receive the workbook during your in-person course - in the meantime you can access a PDF version from our Learning Platform. 

  • SCA Fees & Certification

    The SCA Course Enrollment Fee of €50 is payable directly to the SCA, in addition to the course fee stated above. Find out more about the SCA Course and Certification process below.

    SCA Course and Certification Process 
  • Prerequisite Skills

    None - perfect for you if you're thinking about becoming a barista, or as a first step to further your skills.

  • Additional Information

    Duration: A total of 7 hours; the in-person course of 4 hours and around 3 hours working through the online course.
    Max. attendees: 4
    Location: Via our Learning Platform and in our Barista Training Centre