Discovery Course

Not just a course, but a real experience, a real journey into the Italian world of coffee in a real Italian roasting company, just minutes away from the center of Florence.

During this course held in english we can see how to compare and evaluate the different coffees in beans and taste. We follow also how the coffee is produced, from the green beans to the roasting and degassing. Then we go in the couter side: we see how to prepare the espresso and we make our own cappuccino, with the latte art!

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This experience is three hours long, from 10am to 1pm or from 3pm to 6pm. 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

  • Why coffee is an Italian matter? An history of steam, strong baristas and clients in hurry…
  • Botany and plantations: arabica, robusta, different varietals and process.
  • Blending and roasting. Visiting the roasting company and the laboratories.
  • Perfect espresso technique: grinding and tamping.
  • Coffee tasting: from the sweet taste of Mexican arabicas to the body of the Indonesian and the spicy taste of the Ethiopian Sidamo
  • The latte macchiato, espresso macchiato, caffè latte and other Italian preparations.
  • A perfect foam with no bubbles and the Italian cappuccino.
  • The Latte art: a glance about how to make heart, leaves, dragoons and lions in your cappuccino…

Practice: Prepare your own espressos and cappuccinos!


You will be able to do practical exercises during the course


The cost is 65€ including the books used during the course. The cost is instead 35€ for aged 14/18 and is free for younger coffee lovers!
  • 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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