SCA Barista Skills Combo Course


The Barista Skills Foundation course focuses on the key skills required to set a grinder, make espresso and foam, and texture milk for cappuccinos. This course allows one to gain an introductory understanding of the coffee itself and set a foundation from which to build practical skills for milk technique and latte art, while implementing health and safety practices and customer service.

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. Through this interactive course, learners will gain a deeper understanding of the coffee itself, specifically the impact of a coffee’s variety, origins and processing methods on flavor; the parameters of coffee quantity, grind texture, water quality and shot time and their interaction when dialling in a brew recipe; drink construction and taste differences; workflow management and efficiency, sensory aspects of the espresso extraction; milk handling and techniques as well as latte art. In addition to coffee preparation, this course also covers key concepts regarding health and safety, customer service and basic business practices.

*Please note that these course fees are subject to courses held in South Africa only. Any courses held outside of South Africa will be charged at standard local fees.

Requirements: No experience required. This course is for beginners, cafe owners and managers or baristas who want to build on existing skills. However, Introduction to Coffee and Barista Foundation or working experience would be helpful.

Certification: For Foundation course an online written exam consisting of 20 questions is required. For Intermediate an online written exam consisting of 35 questions is required with a required passing score of 70% and a practical examination requiring a passing score of 77%. Upon successful completion, a certification is awarded as well as 20 CSP points.

Course Duration: 4 days (09:00 – 15:00 daily)

Participants: 2 – 6 max

Included: Lunch will be served on training days. Usage of machinery and all relevant ingredients.

Price: R7999 (exam and certification cost)