Barista Course


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Program Description

Coffee creation from bean to cup.

Gain the skills and knowledge needed to make the perfect coffee.

Want to learn about the fascinating world of coffee, develop your barista skills or open your own coffee shop? Whatever your goal, our Barista Course can help you reach it.

In just five days, you’ll become a skilled working barista. You’ll learn brewing methods, latte art, coffee flair & lots more through hands-on training with expert instructors.

No previous experience required, just a passion for coffee and a desire to learn!

Professional barista training for coffee lovers

Become a professional barista

This course has been carefully crafted by some of the coffee industry’s leading experts. The five-day course will teach you all the barista skills you need to kickstart your career in the coffee industry. Through hands-on training behind your own barista station, you’ll learn how to produce the perfect cup of coffee every single time, and have the knowledge to talk about it like a professional.

Get creative

Latte art is the mark of a professional barista, and during this course, you’ll learn the theory behind it and put it into practice. You’ll use different drawing and free pour techniques to transform the milk into simple yet impressive pieces of artwork.

Course Highlights

Go from coffee enthusiast to qualified expert in just five days. On this intensive course, you’ll learn all the fundamental barista skills, including grinder setting, milk handling and latte art. You’ll attend practical training sessions taught by our expert trainers, and will get to grips with industry-standard equipment. By the end of the course, you’ll be at the level of a skilled working barista, able to work confidently in a busy barista environment.

If you’re already an established barista, you’ll get the chance to develop and enhance your existing skillset, learning advanced techniques from coffee flair and complex brewing methods to extraction, flavor development and more.

Entrepreneurs and aspiring coffee shop owners will also greatly benefit from this course as we cover coffee business practices, efficient workflow, costs, and customer service.

Develop the skills of a pro barista

The Speciality Coffee Association (SCA) is the world leader in barista and coffee education. They offer a prestigious Coffee Skills Program, made up of six different modules.

The EBS Barista Course (5 days) provides you with the skills you need to pass the Coffee Skills Program. This exam isn't included in the course and is totally optional. But if you'd like to take the exam after the course, we'll make sure you'll be fully equipped to take the Introduction to Coffee module at all levels, the Barista Skills module up to intermediate level and the Brewing Foundations module at foundation level.

To be awarded a certificate from the SCA, you must pass short practical and written tests under the supervision of an SCA-certified trainer. The foundation certificate costs €60 for members and non-members of the SCA and the intermediate certificate costs €100 for SCA members and €180 for non-members.

Please note that sitting the SCA exam is entirely optional.

Course Content Overview

  • Barista skills (foundation)
    Learn the core skills needed to kickstart your barista career. This module covers calibrating the grinder, proper use of equipment and the importance of using fresh milk to produce the right foam for cappuccinos and macchiatos. It will also introduce health and safety practices, customer service and an introduction to coffee flair. You will learn how to balance coffee aromas, flavours and how to taste specialty coffee.
  • Introduction to coffee
    Get an insight into the world of speciality coffee and become familiar with the process of coffee production, including bean extraction and how different flavours are developed through roasting. This module also covers brewing methods from espresso to french press, chemex and aeropress as well as how to use coffee in cocktails and coffee flair practice.
  • Brewing foundation
    In this module, we will introduce you to theory, techniques and equipment required to produce delicious brewed coffee. You will study the seven different processes involved and practise using different equipment to test your skills. This module also includes coffee tasting and a practical cappuccino and latte art session.
  • Barista skills (intermediate)
    During the final two days of the course, you’ll gain a deeper understanding of coffee and perfect your newly-acquired skills. This aim of this module is to ensure that as a barista, you can create a perfectly balanced espresso and identify acidity, sweetness and bitterness. You will also develop your milk-handling techniques to produce attractive latte art patterns. You will practise efficient working processes and how to make high-quality drinks to order while following the correct procedures. Finally, we will focus on customer service, designing your own business model and examining profit and costs.
  • Exams
    Put everything you’ve learnt into practice on the EBS barista exam. You’ll be tested on your theory and practical skills, to make sure you have a solid understanding of everything you’ve covered over the course of the week. When you pass the course, you will be awarded with an EBS certificate.

On the Barista Course, you will...

  • Reach the level of a skilled speciality coffee barista
  • Start working as a barista immediately after your course
  • Add some skills to your CV
  • Learn how to make the perfect espresso, latte, cappuccino and more
  • Become confident with using all coffee-making equipment
  • Develop your latte art skills
  • Gain industry knowledge to help you open your own coffee shop
  • Enhance your existing coffee-making skills and boost your career
  • Take official SCA exams and demonstrate your level worldwide
Last updated Jan 2020

About the School

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