Basic Bartending and Mixology Course

A very intense day with the aim to give you all the foundations of the bartending and mixology art.

From the glasses for the different categories of drinks to the different products: which gin? Why? which Vodka? Why?

Then we go into practice. From the use of the tools as shaker, mixing glass and pourer (and the pouring technique) to the correct preparation of the classic and international cocktails of the IBA list.

But these are just the base, and a new successful cocktail bar needs much more than the base. This is why the second part of the lesson day is dedicated to mixology elements as infusions, working flair, smoked cocktails, tricks and new perspectives!

At the end of the day we will have the time to evaluate business elements, as the beverage cost.

Next dates

  • on request 2020


More infos

The course starts at 10 a.m. and finishes at 5.30 p.m. with a short lunch break. The Espresso Academy is in Florence, a few minutes with the tram away from the central railway station of Santa Maria Novella and a few minutes from the exit of the highway, Firenze SCANDICCI.

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The Basic

  • The categories of cocktails for IBA: pre and after dinner, every hour, sparkling, fizzes and so on..
  • What equipment you need and how to use it. Shakers and glasses, the right ones and the fashionable ones.
  • Which products a cocktail bar need? Which gin? Which vodka? The difference between agricultural and industrial rum, between the different whiskeys...
  • Different types of ice; how ice melts and the influence of ice in the cocktail
  • Pouring technique, use of metal pourer, basic and spectacular pours.
  • The 12 most classic and interntional cocktails: the Negroni, Spritz, Americano, Long island, Martini, Mojitos and...


  • Mix your own cocktails and build a unique cocktail menu for your cocktail bar
  • Counter organization: accessories available for greater speed and efficiency.
  • Order management.
  • Introduction to Flair and the acrobatic barman: basic elements, approach to flair routines.
  • Working flair: pour with more hands and more bottles, use of the speed rack, speed working techniques
  • The decorations in cocktails: classic and new ideas
  • The Shots: tricks and spectacularity in the shorts and layers
  • The new frontiers of mixology: infusions, smoking and the world of mixology

Our trainers

Gabriele Cortopassi

After many years of experience he´s assisted and done consultancies for many bars and restaurants in Italy and abroad. Gabriele is also the founder of, which is one of the most followed blogs for bars and restaurants and the the title of his book (Hoepli editions). He´s an official SCA Trainer and also teaches the Bar Management course.

One Week Coffee Route

This course is part of the One Week Coffee Route route, a complete journey in the world of coffee that includes days dedicated to barista, latte art, roasting, professional tasting, brewing and coffee shop management. Read more about the coffee route!

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  • We attended the two-day Barista course (advanced level) and its really cool and awesome. Our instructor-Gabriele shares all the techniques and secrets to make a perfect espresso and cappuccino, plus the coffee art which every participants were so excited and enjoyed every hands-on. As part of the Advanced level course, Gabriele also gave us a tour inside their processing plant. A highly recommended tour if you're visiting Florence both for individual who's looking for a career in coffee industry or simply Coffee lovers.
  • Great experience ! It's fun, very interactive , the trainers are really interested that you learn and practice a lot, before you apply for your certificate. If you never worked in a coffee shop or you never experience how to make a great cappuccino and espresso this is the right place to try . Can't wait to get back and learn some more ! Thank you all !
    TLumi, Croatia
  • Had an amazing two days here going all the way from the roasting room, blends and the theory, but most importantly a lot of practice at making good espressos and cappuccinos with assistance from the instructors, through to the SCA exams. Very friendly and helpful instructors and I can highly recommend the Espresso Academy! A great experience and great knowledge gained. Thank you to all at Espresso Academy and Mokaflor, I highly recommend you all!
    Pierre V, Auckland New Zealand


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