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SCA Barista Skills Intermediate

Wed, 29th Mar - Thu, 30th Mar 2017
09:30 - 16:30 each day

Venue: North Star Coffee Academy


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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 SCAE Coffee Diploma. Courses normally last at least two – three days.


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 SCAE Coffee Diploma.


This cost does include VAT but does not cover the certification fee as this is dependent on your SCAE 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

Upon booking, you will receive a confirmation email stating the course and date you have signed up to. If you have chosen to attend a course in our North Star Coffee Academy, you will receive an email from our trainer ahead of the course taking place to confirm the address and start time along with parking info/directions. If you are attending a virtual course, you will be emailed with the Zoom details required to join the session.

All physical courses are held at our roastery in Armley located here.