Basic Barista Online Course Sca Barista Skills Foundation


Directly from home, no needing journeys, bureaucracy, and costs. Even in this way is possible to learn solid foundations for your barista skills and improve your coffee knowledge with the online barista course of Espresso Academy.

This course follows the classroom course program, of course, it has a less important practical part, but it allows you to acquire, in one day all the knowledge necessary to work on the coffee machine. 

In addition, with the new rules, this online cafeteria course allows you to access the SCA Barista Skills Foundation exam, directly from home!

The course, as well as the SCA program, starts with a solid knowledge of the raw material: the coffee.

After a virtual (but real) visit to the coffee roaster, we begin to enter the coffee shop. What actually is the espresso? We learn the secrets of extraction, grinding and pressing, and even more advanced concepts such as TDS and the refractometer use.

Then milk: what is the role of fats, sugars, and proteins? What is the best position for the steamer? How do you get a shiny, bubble-free cream? We now combine coffee and milk in the cappuccino.

Let's learn how to do the classic Italian one, but also the basic rules for latte art, with the patterns of heart, rosetta, and tulip. 


Still, we work on espresso macchiato, shakerato, and other typical Italian preparations. At the end, very important, the cleaning and maintenance of the espresso coffee machine.

At the end of the day, for those interested, it is possible to take part in the Barista Skills foundation online exam, which SCA now allows you to take.

Next dates:

June 24th 2020
July 29th 2020

Are you not free to log in on those course days, follow when you want the Espresso Academy video course! Same contents to watch whenever you want. At the end free call with the trainer and possible exam

Are you interested in the course?


Program of the course

  • What is coffee, a bit of history and, knowledge of the different species : Arabica, robusta and other hybrids.
  • The coffee process: picking, stripping, washed and dry method.
  • Introduction to roasting and blending. Visit to a roasting plant (yes, virtual: with the screen we walk around the plant!!!
  • The preparation of espresso, dosing, grinding and tamping.
  • The Cappuccino. Milk frothing: the SCAE standards, more or less frothy, more or less hot.
  • The classic Italian preparations: latte macchiato, caffèlatte, espresso macchiato , shaked coffee etc.
  • Introduction to professional coffee tasting: the SCA evaluation boards, testing of several coffees in single origin, from Mexico Altura to Java to the spicy taste of the Ethiopian Sidamo.
  • The latte art: the basic technique. The pouring of the rosetta, the heart, tulips,the new “rainbow cappuccino” and…
  • What are the barista and latte art championships. Regulation and competitions.
  • Knowledge and cleaning of the espresso machines. Descaling, backflushing, cleaning of the grinder.
  • Final exercises on SCA exams

The online version offer several added values...

  • Very easy to access: you have simply to connect to the link we send you and everything is done!
  • Very easy to follow with smartphone, tablet or computer.
  • No problem interacting, questions and answers exactly like in the classroom!
  • Super-complete theoretical part, with screen sharing of slides, photos and graphic with the trainer
  • No problem for the practical part. We use two mobile cameras during the course, so you can follow every detail.
  • Possibility to private free sessions with the trainer to evaluate together your project 
  • Manuals included in the price sent at the end of the course
  • Course recorded to watch it again sent at the end of the course


Do you can't take a day off from work, your pace doesn't allow you to find a day to follow the online coffee course? No problem, the Espresso Academy trainers have prepared a barista video course for you: same content as the online course, but to watch whenever you want, maybe in the evening or on your free day.

Do you still want a comparison with the trainer and maybe the possibility of an SCA exam? No problem, included in the price of the video course there is the possibility of organizing a meeting with the trainer to clarify all doubts, and the possibility of organizing an SCA exam, always without leaving your home.


Our trainers

Simone Celli

A real barista, with many years of experience behind the counter. His blog is the most read italian coffee blog in the world! He´s a trainer for the Barista, Brewing and Latte Art courses and official LAGS certifier.

Ilaria Nocentini

Ularia is a great barista, passioante about specialty coffees and arrived 2nd at the Italian Aeropress Championship. She´s a trainer for all the coffee barista and brewing courses.

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