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SCA - Barista Skills - Foundation

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Our SCA (Speciality Coffee Association) class for Barista Skills at Foundation level is the entry level class as part of the Coffee Diploma System. The class is hosted by our SCA Authorised Trainers Danny Ormonde or Lisa Lawson at Dear Green HQ in Glasgow.

This class offers beginners level Barista Skills which is studied at three different levels and communicates the essentials knowledge and skills required of a barista in a practical and interactive manner.

Barista Skills is for people focussing on the key skills required to set your grinder, make espresso and texture milk. This module allows you to gain a deeper understanding of the coffee itself and build on your practical skills, not to mention health and safety, customer service and basic business theory.

The entry level diploma class is for people who are new to the coffee industry. No previous barista experience is required for this course;

  • Learn about beans, grinding, dosing and tamping.
  • Understand espresso extraction, grinder calibration and milk techniques
  • Learn health and safety, maintenance, hygiene & troubleshooting.
  • Identify equipment parts and understand key coffee industry terminology.
  • Learn desired size, taste and visual parameters of the barista menu.

The course communicates the key information to allow the student to pass practical and written exams. This is one of the Coffee Diploma System modules offered by the Speciality Coffee Association (SCA), 5 credits will be awarded after completion. Formal certification by SCA is available, a further fee applies for certification. Please contact us for details.

Maximum of 6 students per class.  Refreshments will be provided.

Terms: Vouchers issued with 6 month validity. Payment is in advance of the class. Cancellation is only permitted 7 days prior to the commencement of the class. Please note that no refund will be issued for non attendance.

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Customer Reviews

Based on 2 reviews
Kerstina MacLeod
Loved it! So enjoyable and informative!

I went in quite terrified, but was made to feel very relaxed quite quickly, as everybody there was so lovely and friendly. The place itself is amazing to be in as it’s also the roastery, so it was amazing getting to see the roaster and seeing where the coffee beans for our cafe come from. The course was incredible, so much information and very interactive, which helped keep it very fascinating. I had already been working as a barista for a little while before the course, so it was great to go on and learn the correct way of doing certain things, and be able to have the knowledge now. I am more determined now to work towards a coffee diploma, and can’t wait for another trip back!

We're so glad that you didn't stay terrified for too long, we are indeed a friendly bunch! Thanks so much for a lovely review! We can't wait to welcome you back to join more classes! Lets get you that Diploma! ;)

Rebecca Frost
Interactive, understandable and cutting edge course!

I had a great day attending the introductory coffee barista training at Dear Green. The course went through all aspects production from the origins, growing, harvesting and brewing. It was really informative, interactive and extra special with Dear Green being some of the founders of speciality coffee and at the forefront of the scene in Scotland. It took place in the headquarters which doubles as a roastery and training area so the atmosphere was great. Really recommend and I will be following up with other courses!

Thanks for such great feedback Bex and congrats on an ace result first time! You're a natural! We can't wait to welcome you back to Dear Green HQ again soon!