Coffee Brewing Course / Foundation SCA

The Coffee Brewing Basic Course begins by explaining the differences between the various tools and techniques. We then move on to understand the fundamental concepts of brewing: ideal cup, turbulence, TDS and so on. 

For each instrument, from V60,
to Chemex, to cold brew, many practical tests and tests, varying parameters such as grinding, extraction temperatures and ...

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.

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Program of the course

  • Introduction to coffee brewing
  • Strength and extraction, the SCA Brewing chart
  • The essential elements of Brewing: turbulence, temperatures, grinding...
  • The french press and the infusion methods
  • The world of drippers (V60, CHEMEX ...) hands on
  • Clever and Bonavita Dripper, hands on
  • The syphon, hands on
  • The aeropress, hands on
  • The Italian coffee tools, Moka and Cuccumella
  • Coffee tools around the world: Turkish Ibrik, Vietnamese Phin, Arabic Dallah
  • Cold extracted coffee: Cold drip and Cold brew… and final tastings!

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. 


SCA Certificate

At the end of this course it is possible to take part to the SCA Brewing foundation level certification. Anyone wishing to take part in the certification exams are asked to report it to us when registering for the course. In our school you can also book Brewing Intermediate and Professional certifications. For more info on SCA certifications, consult this page.

Coffee Brewing Course

A complete path that begins with the examination of the differences among the various brewing methods and the several different techniques. 

Then, is the moment for the practice and the experiments, with the use of the refractometer and the tests about the main concepts of brewing: ideal cup, turbolence, TDS, and so on. For each tool (V60, Aeropress, Chemex, French press) we do many practical tests, also varying the parameters as grinding, temperature, paper or metal filters, and so on. All with a selection of different specialties and farm coffee…

And, at the end: Cold brew for all!!

Your training in Espresso Academy Italy

Your training in Espresso Academy Italy is not just a course, but a real coffee experience. During your journey you can work with our team in roasting and tasting. Also, you can visit (for free) famous coffee companies as La Marzocco, Eureka or Elektra! We can support your coffee tour in Italy with VISA invitations and bureaucratic issues, and we have a huge list of accommodations offering us discount!

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

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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