Coffee Brewing Course SCA Intermediate

The intermediate brewing course takes place, as per SCA protocol, over two full days.

In these days, in addition to resuming and deepening the most advanced extraction techniques, we also begin to use the brew charts and the refractometer. These tools allow you to measure the extractions obtained and to modulate them according to the result you want to obtain in the cup. During the course you begin to get to know water from a chemical point of view, and you learn to evaluate how it can impact on extraction.

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

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Program of the course

The intermediate brewing course has an extremely practical approach. It consists in several sessions about:

  • The use of brew chart and its practical use
  • The use of the refractometer
  • How to measure and modify strength, TDS and extraction
  • How to modify the extraction in a cold brew
  • The role of water and of its chemical composition
  • Practical exercises with various methods (v60, Chemex, Siphon, Kalita wave ...) using waters with different mineral contents
  • The concept of bimodal grinding and of the fines
  • Extraction with different filter materials with the same coffee to understand they modify the aromatic profile
  • Particle size analysis, introducing the concept of grain size curve

    * SCA suggests to have already attended the SCA Brewing Foundation level before this exam.

Program of the course

At the end of this course it is possible to take part to the SCA Brewing Intermediate 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 Professional certifications. For more info on SCA certifications, consult this page.



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.

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