Basic Barista Course /Barista skills SCA

Basic Barista Course  /Barista skills SCA

A very intense one day long course, cut for those who are entering the barista profession and want to do it with the right knowledge, as well as for discovering the magic of coffee as home barista.


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

Passing the SCA foundation exam (optional) allows you to get 5 points for the SCA Coffee Skills Program diploma.

Have you not the time for a coffee vacation in Italy?

With our online courses and video courses with SCA certification exam you will grow your your coffee skills and knowledge without leaving your home!

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 of the course Basic barista

  • 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.
  • Tasting of a good and a bad espresso. Tasting different Arabicas and Robustas, finding differences.
  • The preparation of Espresso, dosing, grinding and tamping.
  • The Cappuccino in theory and in practice. Milk frothing: the SCA standards, more or less frothy, more or less hot.
  • The classic Italian preparations: Latte Macchiato, Caffèlatte, Espresso Macchiato , Shaked Coffee etc.
  • An introduction to the world of Brewing: V60, Aeropress and other methods.
  • Knowledge and cleaning of the Espresso machines. Descaling, backflushing, cleaning of the grinder.

 It´s possible to add a second day to this basic course, which goes into the world of advanced espresso and barista competitions.

Program of the course - Day 2 Advanced barista

  • What are the barista and latte art championships. Regulation and competitions.
  • Introduction to professional coffee tasting: the SCA evaluation boards, tasting of several coffees in single origin, from Mexico Altura to Java to the spicy taste of the Ethiopian Sidamo.
  • Practical test on the machine: find the right grinding degree and make a correct Espresso.
  • The Latte Art. Video, the “dry” technique and a lot of practice for the pouring of the rosetta, the heart, tulips,the new “rainbow cappuccino” and many more.

From the world of the coffee cocktails to the new frontiers, from mocaccino to hot and icy very new proposals


SCA Barista Skills

SCA Certificate

At the end of the course you will be able to do the SCA Barista Skills foundation level certificate. Please inform us when you sign up for the course. You can also apply for the Barista Skills Intermediate and Professional SCA certificates. Find out more information about SCA by clicking on this link.

A real coffee journey?

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 in all the courses or just the courses of your interest. 


Basic Barista Course

An one day long, very intense course cutted for who is entering into the barista profession and wants to do it with the right knowledge, as well as for how is discovering the magic of coffee as home barista.

Are you fascinated by the Espresso and barista world? Want you to start from the basic skills? Are you thinking to dedicate yourself to the profession of barista?

This course starts from the knowledge of the different sorts of coffee: Arabica, robusta, Liberica, washed, natural, Monsooned and so on. Then we visit the roasting company, seeing how the coffee is professionally roasted and blended.

After, is the moment to start working. How to do a perfect espresso, with a perfect grinding degree and a perfect tamping. How to froth the milk for a perfect Italian cappuccino. How to do latte macchiato, espresso macchiato and espresso shakerato.

At the end of this course you can take part to the Barista Skills SCA foundation exam and at the Coffee Introduction SCA Exam.  

Check the video of the course here below!

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

Ilaria 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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    • 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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