This guide will give you an introduction to the courses that we offer and help with finding the perfect course for you. To see an overview of each, please click on the courses you are interested in.
When you have found your ideal course head to our Training Calendar to see availability and book your place - just make sure that you read the full description on the course page before you book, to ensure that it will meet your needs.
Foundation Level and Beginner Courses
SCA Introduction to Coffee
This is a half-day course focusing on: coffee's journey from farm to cup and introduces students to all the key concepts in Speciality Coffee. Covering the way harvest, process & roast affect flavour, how to taste like a professional, hand brewing and extraction theory, this course is based on the SCA Modules of Green Coffee, Sensory, Roasting and Brewing.
SCA Barista Skills Foundation
This is the perfect course if: you’re thinking about a career change, wish to find areas of interest for further courses, or are a coffee enthusiast who’s interested in learning more about all aspects of coffee.
This is a one-day course focusing on: the key barista skills, greatly accelerating students’ learning curve and skill set. Covering efficient workflow, grinder setting, milk steaming and drinks production, this course is designed to quickly familiarise students with espresso machinery so that they are fast and neat with their presentation of espresso based drinks.
SCA Brewing Foundation
This is the perfect course for you if: you are thinking about becoming a barista, as a first step to further your skills or if you’re a coffee enthusiast interested in espresso and milk.
This is a one-day course focusing on: the key skills and equipment required to produce great brewed coffee. Covering coffee origins, a range of brew methods and water quality, this course introduces students to brew recipes, the basics of strength and extraction and sensory skills.
This is the perfect course for you if: you are a keen home brewer, a coffee enthusiast not specifically interested in espresso or a barista wanting to improve your skills within other brew methods than espresso.
This is a half-day course focusing on: hands-on experience on both professional and home espresso machines. An enjoyable introduction to the techniques of the professional barista, this course covers the fundamentals of making delicious espresso based drinks; working to a recipe, making grinder adjustments, steaming glossy, microfoam milk and basic latte art technique.
Introduction to Latte Art
This is the perfect course for you if: you love drinking espresso based drinks and are thinking about getting an espresso machine for home, or if you already own an espresso machine and want to perfect your recipe and technique.
This is a half-day course focusing on: the fundamentals of producing perfectly smooth, glossy microfoam milk and the small but critical steps that make for excellent latte art. Covering methods for free pouring and how three key free pour patterns are made; heart, tulip and rosetta, students will take away techniques to help practise their new skills.
This is the perfect course for you if: you are a home barista wanting to focus only on latte art or a new barista wanting to learn the foundations of pouring technique. This course is also a great complement to our Home Barista and SCA Barista Skills Foundation courses, and a fun course for any coffee enthusiast.
Intermediate Level Courses
SCA Barista Skills Intermediate
This is a two-day course focusing on: professional tasting, variables affecting espresso brewing and extraction theory. Covering efficient workflow and drinks production with a dedicated latte art component, this course is a significant progression from Foundation level and is designed to get attendees to the level of a skilled, working speciality barista.
SCA Brewing Intermediate
This is the perfect course for you if: you already have a general understanding of espresso and milk technique - having attended an SCA Barista Skills Foundation course or having 3+ months of work experience in a specialty cafe would be ideal.
This is a two-day course focusing on: the technical brewing concepts of extraction theory and water chemistry. Covering experiments with multiple variables across different brew methods and the resulting effects on flavour, students will take away a clear understanding of how to manipulate the strength and extraction of brews.
This is the perfect course for you if: you already have a general understanding of brewing and extraction theory - having attended an SCA Brewing Foundation or Barista Skills Intermediate course would be ideal.
Professional Level Courses
SCA Barista Skills Professional
This is a three-day course focusing on: the most up-to-date concepts and techniques of the best speciality baristas. Covering design and evaluation of brew recipes that are specific to the coffee, machinery and environment, completion of this course gives students all the information necessary to manage espresso quality across multiple sites, or to design the brand standards for a successful speciality cafe.
SCA Brewing Professional
This is the perfect course for you if: you have completed the SCA Barista Skills Intermediate course* and ideally have 1+ years experience as a speciality barista. This course is great for head baristas, trainers and dedicated coffee professionals.
*This is mandatory prerequisite for this this course.
This is a three-day course covering: how different variables combine to affect taste, body and extraction of brewed coffee. Covering the cutting edge of extraction theory, water chemistry and grind analysis, completion of this course gives students the ability to confidently navigate the brew control chart, designing varied recipes to achieve their flavour and extraction goals.
This is the perfect course for you if: you have completed the SCA Intermediate Brewing course* and ideally have attended the SCA Barista Skills Professional course or have experience as a speciality barista.
*This is mandatory prerequisite for this this course.
Private Courses - All Levels
This is a course covering: subjects tailored to each student’s specific requirements. For these courses we will create bespoke content and a training session to suit our students’ needs exactly. Students can book a one-on-one SCA course, combine elements of different courses or create their very own syllabus.
Private courses are booked for: either a half-day (3 hours) or a full-day (6 hours) and includes up to two students per course. Additional students can attend for an additional cost dependent on course length.
This is the perfect course for you if: you prefer to learn in a small group or one-on-one environment, you don’t wish to follow a standard syllabus or want to combine elements of different courses, picking a date and time that suits you.