SCA Barista Skills Intermediate

Mon, 9th Mar - Tue, 10th Mar 2020
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.


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. 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.


The course will be with Ollie at the Academy, and will consist of around 13 hours of teaching plus time for practical examinations. You will be provided with the key information to enable you to sit your Barista Skills Intermediate written exam (a pass rate of 60% required). Successful students will be awarded 10 points towards the SCA Coffee Skills Diploma. Should you want to access the 10 points/certification, you must select ‘Yes’ from the dropdown menu titled ‘Exam Fee/Certification’ and include your SCA number (if you have one) on the notes of your order. You will then be sent an invoice for either £85 (SCA member) or £155 (non-SCA member) which is the amount payable for the cost of the written exam and certification. 


If you have any questions at all, don’t hesitate to drop us a line to either hols@northstarroast.com or ollie@northstarroast.com 🙂


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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