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SCA Barista Skills Intermediate

Mon, 9th Dec - Tue, 10th Dec 2019
10:00 - 17:00 each day

Venue: North Star Coffee Academy




This course starts with deeper understanding of the coffee itself; its varieties, origins and processing methods and how they impact on flavour. It then builds on the Foundation level making sure baristas can calibrate the quantity of coffee used, the grind texture, the water quantity and the shot time, to produce a desired espresso brew recipe.


We start to look how these parameters can lead to a “balanced” espresso and make sure the barista can identify acidity, sweetness and bitterness within different parts of the espressos extraction. Milk techniques are also developed with the baristas needing to produce a couple of drinks with a latte art pattern. a pass rate of 80% required). Successful students will be awarded 25 points towards the SCA Coffee Skills Diploma. Courses normally last at least two days, whereas ours will be completed in one day with exams or without. Baristas will be vetted prior to attendance to ensure this is attainable for their skill level.


To reflect the need for both speed and quality, the barista will learn to work efficiently, making an order of drinks while maintaining good procedure and drink quality. The baristas will learn more about their equipment, such as the pros and cons of different styles of grinder, how to plan their work space, and basic care and maintenance. The course also touches on other aspects such as customer service, health safety and hygiene, and the profit earned by their drinks.


This module provides you with the key information to enable you to sit your Barista Skills Intermediate certification that consists of 4 short practical tests and a written exam (25 questions with a pass rate of 70% required). Successful students will be awarded 10 points towards the SCA Coffee Skills Diploma.


This cost does include VAT but does not cover the certification fee as this is dependent on your SCA membership. Lunch and refreshments will be provided on both days.


It is recommended that you either have some experience of working in this field before attempting this level or have successfully passed the Barista Skills Foundation module. Established baristas may want to start at Intermediate Level.


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.


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