Italian Barista Method Certifications

Italian Barista Method Certifications

Compared to other barista training methods, Italian Barista Method has its focus on the real needs of the barista: be able to prepare the required recipes with efficiency, speed and self confidence, be able to offer the best quality in the shortest time, for the interest of the coffee shop and for the satisfaction of the clients.

In practice, being certified Italian Barista Method Advanced really means indeed be able to work in a coffee shop with the best theoretical but mainly practical preparation!

In addition, one of Italian Barista Method’s mission is to get back the original recipes of the tradition and history of espresso. From bicerin to cortado to espresso shakerato. Also, with IBM we can recuperate the taste given by the first espresso machines of the 1910s. In short, be an IBM certified barista means being a updated barista with a broad knowledge of coffee: in skills, tradition and recipes from all over the world!



Why to become an Italian Barista Method certified barista?

  • Because you will focalize your preparation in the real skills of the barista: efficiency, self confidence, speed!

  • Because you will become able to prepare all the recipes espresso based, from Cortado to flat white to caffè shakerato.

  • Because you will become able to prepare the best espresso-menu for every location and every target!

  • Because you will have the possibility to crown yourself as the fastest barista of your country in the “Barista Time Trial” taking part to international competitions.

  • Because you will have the chance to train yourself with the methods of the Italian school Espresso Academy, but not bearing the costs of flight and accommodation in Italy, and without every problem of bureaucracy.

  • Because if you take part to your IBM courses out of Italy your exams will be followed online by Italian trainers

  • Your name will be officially reported  in the list of Italian Barista Method graduated worldwide, the best proof of your skill!

Italian Barista Method

How do the Italian Barista Method Works?

The Italian Barista method certification system has three levels: 

  • Junior barista   

  • Master Barista      

  • Top barista (if you run the Barista Time Trial in 7’30” or less)

The philosophy of IBM is very simple:

What a junior barista MUST be able to do?

  • Set coffee grinder and extraction

  • Know how to prepare the basic recipes quickly and correctly.

  • Be able to explain what he is doing and interact with the customer.

What a Master barista must be able to do?

  • Knows and be able to transmit knowledge about the coffee production line, from bean to cup.

  • Be fast, efficient and self confident!

  • Be able to prepare latte art

  • Be able to write down an espresso based menu for its coffee shop, starting from the exam of the target and the location.

What an Top barista must be able to do?

  • Be fast, efficient and self confident as nobody else!

In order to be certified in each of these levels it is necessary to pass successive exams. The exams are based on a theoretical section of about 20/25 questions and then on a practical part.

The training for the preparation of the Italian Barista Method Certifications can be taken at Espresso Academy in Italy or in the partner schools worldwide (here you can find the complete list).

If the exam is passed, you will receive the certification from Italy, and your name will be registered as on the official Italian Barista Method website.


The “Barista Time Trial”.

The Barista Time Trial is based on the classic barista situation: at the center of the counter, alone with your espresso machine and a row on client shouting frantically. Be fast and precise is the only way to survive! The faster, the winner!

In the time trial the barista is called to prepare 10 recipes, asked randomly among classic Italian preparations, in the fastest possible time.

To pass the barista exam, the barista has 10 minutes to prepare everything, to pass the Top Barista Level has 7 minutes 30 seconds, but he can also try to beat the country, area and world record! If the result got during the Barista exam is not satisfying you, the exam can be tried again according with the trainer. IBM organizes yearly competitions of Barista Time Trial all over the world.

but be carefull, technical mistakes give seconds of penalty!

The records are registered on our website HERE  check who is the fastest barista of your country!




IBM is a certification recognized worldwide. You can take part to IBM courses and exams in:

Espresso Academy, Florence Italy 

Italian Espresso Academy Nepal, Kathmandu

Coffee Academy U.A.E. Dubai

Espresso Academy Thailand, Bangkok 

Espresso Academy Taiwan, Taipei

BIND Egypt, Cairo

Luminus center, Amman, Jordan

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