Coffee Tasting and Cupping Course

Sensory and Coffee Cupping online Course

During this period, in compliance with the measures taken against coronavirus, our school is closed to lessons in class. But Espresso Academy never stops!

Our courses are scheduled every month as usual as video course. The next dates for the Coffee sensory online SCA courses foundation are:

April 29th, 2020

The coffee cupping online courses are very easy to access, the courses are in English and hold by SCA certified trainers.

  • Very easy access to the coffee tasting online course. You simply click the link we send you, and is done!

  • No problem taking the course with your mobile phone, tablet or computer. A leap into the future!

  • No problem interacting, questions and answers directly to the trainer exactly like in the classroom!

  • Super-complete theoretical part, with sharing of the slides and graphics on the screen with the trainer

  • All the practical demonstrations very easy to be followed with the double camera system.

  • Free Conference call one-to-one with the trainers to evaluate together your project, your idea, your location...

  • Price from € 150 to € 99.90 and no travel and stay costs !!!
  • Manuals included in the price sent at the end of the course!

  • Possibility of Sensory foundation SCA exam online.



Coffee Tasting and Cupping Course

Do you want to enter the fascinating world of professional coffee tasting? Do you want to become a sommelier, a professional taster, maybe aiming for a Q-grader career?

It's a complex journey, that begin learning about our sensory organs and recognizing the feelings that they send to us.
So you learn to smell and recognize, with a selection of aromas, the sensations that the different varieties of coffee bring to our nose.
Then is the time of taste, to recognize and evaluate technically (with different water-solution) bitter, acidic, body, aromatic and other sensations that coffee can give us.

At this point coffee, tests in cupping and espresso, to apply our knowledge to the bean we love most!


Next dates

  • March 25th, 2020 - ONLINE

  • April 29th, 2020

  • May 8th and 9th, 2020 SENSORY INTERMEDIATE SCA COURSE 420€ + costs of certifications

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.

Are you interested in this course?


Program of the course

  • The aim of the coffee tasting. The organs of sense involved in coffee tasting: eyes, nose, mouth.
  • What is,  and how to use a coffee tasting sheet.
  • Tasting Espresso, filter, brewing
  • The phases of the coffee tasting: visual, olfactory, assessing, tactile and aftertaste.
  • Acidity, bitterness, sweetness, mouthfeel and aromas:the use of professional terminology.
  • What is it the cupping, the professional system of coffee tasting.
  • Cupping of several coffees in single origine: from the robustas to the best washed arabicas…
  • Tasting of several espresso in singe origine and blended.

What about a little cupping competition?

SCA Sensory

SCA Certificate

After this course is possible to book the SCA certifications for Sensory Foundation. Read about costs and rules in this page. If you need to book a Sensory Intermediate or Professional exam, let us know, we can organise it with our authorised trainers.


The cost of the course is 150€ and includes the handbooks of the course


You will be able to do practical exercises


You will receive the official Espresso Academy certificate

ILA Card

ILA is an accepted payment method

Our Trainers

Marco Cremonese

One of the most known italian coffee and roasting experts. Marco has a large portfolio of consultancies for famous coffee roasting companies and is an official SCA trainer for coffee roasting, tasting and green coffee. He´s also frequently been chosen by the World Barista Championship to roast the coffees for the competitions.

Helena Oliviero

Helena is young and very experienced in the world of coffee. She´s the italian champion of Ibrik, AST for Barista and Brewing and also an R-Grader.. the first woman in Italy! She´s the responsible of the Brewing courses and Espresso Academy abroad.

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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