Home Barista Course

Fri, 18th Jan 2019
10:00 - 13:00




This is a practical course aimed at any barista or coffee enthusiasts wanting to learn more about how to create great espresso and milk-based drinks from their own kitchen. This session lasts for three hours and requires no previous experience at all.


Throughout the course you will gain the opportunity to clarify plenty of coffee-related questions on your mind, as well as fielding enquiries about products on the market and how to buy things to suit your needs. In house we use an advanced array of home espresso equipment including the La Marzocco Linea Mini alongside our commercial La Marzocco Linea PB machine, available for use too. We will also be able to detail and evaluate the pros and cons of choosing particular types of equipment, and develop appropriate workarounds for whatever situation you have at home currently.


During the course we will explore the key principles of using coffee, in addition to covering the following areas in depth: workflow relative to equipment; the essentials of sensory skills for filter coffee & espresso; the coffee supply chain and how to navigate buying it;  the clear differences between commodity & speciality grade coffees, and of course the fundamentals of milk and latte art.


You’ll leave knowing what to expect from coffees found on all sides of the coffee market, including the vast array of coffee ‘types’ within even the speciality niche. We will detail the impact of various commercial priorities on coffee as an end product. This will not only help you as coffee consumers, but will guide you towards finding the right coffees for various preferences. You’ll also learn about grinding to your needs, and creating a water specification to form the fundamental background to your set-up of quality espresso.


During (and after) the session you will have an open line of communication with us for tailored feedback, quality control and improving your practical skills and results in the cup. We’ll aid you setting relevant goals and aims to keep in mind, in order for you to further improve your skill set in coffee going forward.


Of course, there will be ample time allocated for you to jump on one of our machines and start building the right espresso-making habits yourself, making the best use of your time with Ollie, our authorised Speciality Coffee Association trainer in Brewing and Barista Skills disciplines. You’ll receive a wealth of barista training materials following the course, and get the chance to keep in touch with Ollie with any equipment or coffee-related questions too. This is particularly useful for avoiding the inevitable crisis of forgetting important information after it is told to you during the course. 🙂

Booking Details

All courses take place at the North Star Coffee Academy based at Leeds Dock. We are very easily accessible by either foot (15 minutes from Leeds train station), bus, car (multi-storey car park available on site) or water taxi which goes directly to and from the train station every 20 minutes. There is also a Holiday Inn on site for courses lasting more than a day.

Once you have booked your place, we will be in touch with further details about your course. In the meantime, if you have any questions at all please don’t hesitate to get in touch.


  1. Andy Pool

    My brother and I were given this course as Christmas presents. The day was pitched perfectly for anyone who loves coffee and is interested in learning more. Ollie has loads of knowledge that will help anyone make the best espresso. We learned and practiced on professional equipment and the technique, method and tasting was all done with passion and humour. The course has a real practical focus where we learned by doing rather than simply watching. There were only 4 people on the course which allowed all of us to get a really personal and tailored experience. I am fairly obsessed by coffe and have had commercial equipment at home for 20 years. I still learned a lot and have just pulled 3 of the best most consistent shots I have ever managed in my own kitchen using the Northstar coffee which you get as part of the course. If you want to learn something and have fun get yourself on this course. Now that I an a trained Barrister I am taking up legal work on a no win no fee basis. If you have had an accident that wasn’t your fault feel free to contact me.

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