Advanced Barista Course /Barista skills SCA

Advanced Barista Course

For those who want to grow professionally, reaching a level of quality and competence on par with the world of specialty coffee shops and the SCA Intermediate level.

From solid foundations such as knowing green coffee, roasting, the principles of espresso extraction, frothing milk, classic cappuccino and machine maintenance, up to advanced topics: espresso tasting, machine setting and a lot of practice, even of latte art.

The course is internationally recognized by the Italian Barista Method system and is valid for the SCA Barista Skills Intermediate exam. 

Passing the SCA Intermediate exam (optional) allows you to get 10 points for the SCA Coffee Skills Program diploma.

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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Program - Day 1

  • Arabica, robusta, varietals and blends, natural and washed: all the differences in taste
  • A brief history of coffee
  • Introduction to roasting and blending. Visit to the roasting.
  • The invention and evolution of espresso machines
  • The lever machine
  • Choose the right coffee machine for your business
  • Know and professionally evaluate the qualities of a coffee blend
  • The preparation of the espresso, scaling and coffee tamping
  • Coffee grinding: how it is settled and managed  with the various types of coffee grinders
  • Practice on espresso calibration
  • The perfect frothing of milk by managing different temperatures and frothing levels.
  • Cappuccino in practice: many exercises on frothing milk and classic cappuccino
  • Italian preparations: latte macchiato, latte coffee, espresso macchiato etc.
  • Cleaning and maintenance of espresso machines. The salt, the blind filter and the cleaning of the showers.

Program - Day 2

  • Introduction to professional coffee tasting: body, acid, bitter, sweet and aromatic notes
  • Tasting of single origin coffee. From the sweetness of Central Americans to the body of Indonesian coffees.
  • Grinding setting exercises with dose and extraction weighing, preparatory to the IBM and SCA exams
  • Worldwide trends: babyccino, flat white, cortado and other preparations.
  • Latte art, general rules: height of pouring, flow and movement of the wrist
  • Practice latte art base: the heart 
  • Basic latte art practice: the figure of the leaf
  • Basic latte art practice: the tulip
  • The third wave coffee shop: coffee brewing and specialty coffees


This barista course is hold under SCA protocol. At the end of it is possible to take part to the barista skills Intermediate. Find out more about SCA by clicking on this link.


Three days. Florence
Three months after passing the intermediate exam, SCA allows you to aim for the Barista Skills SCA professional exam.

A journey more than a course, through the influence of water on extraction, the TDS measurements of the various calibrations, the preparation of single-origin coffee in espresso and latte art at the highest levels.

Here the programs and upcoming dates.


A real coffee journey? The coffee week!

This course is part of the “One week coffee route” A week, a coffee course per day, from Roasting to Barista skills. You can take part to all the courses or just to the courses of your interest. 


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.

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.

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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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