Green Coffee Basic Course / Foundation SCA

The Basic Green Coffee Course is a full immersion day that aims to give a solid foundation of knowledge on the path of coffee from the nursery, to the plantation first steps to the international markets.

During the course, which allows access, if desired, to the SCA green foundation exam, topics such as coffee species, the main work processes on the plantation, classification systems by type of defects and by sieve are covered. During the course you will also learn the basics of cupping, to be able to distinguish the varieties and the main defects by taste.

Passing the SCA foundation exam (optional) allows 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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Programs of the course

  • The botany of coffee, Arabica, Canephora, liberica, excelsa ...
  • The origins of Coffea
  • Characteristics and market shares of the main producing countries
  • Coffee cultivation on the plantation, the harvest
  • The processing processes of the drupes, natural, washed, honey, Pulped Natural
  • Coffee drying: patios, African beds, mechanics
  • The removal of the parchment and the other processing steps
  • The methods of classification of green coffee
  • The classification by sieve, practical tests
  • The classification by number of defects, the New York scale. Practical tests
  • Moisture analysis and allowed limits
  • The transport and storage of green coffee
  • Green coffee certifications (UTZ, Fair Trade and others)
  • What are caffeine and decaffeinated coffee
  • The Brazilian Cupping tasting, recognizing the species, recognizing the defects. Practical tests.
  • The evaluation sheet to define a specialty coffee

Green Coffee Course

Our Green Coffee Course is a full immersion day that aims to deepen all the key concepts that surround the green coffee.

We start with an overview of the coffee varietals: from arabica and robusta to the bourbon, typica, geisha, SL28 and so on…

Then we continue with the coffee cultivation, both in harvesting and in processing (natural, washed, honey ...). 

Then we learn how the coffee is classified: by size, altitude, density and number of defect, from the New York system to the concept of the coffee specialty (more than 80 points) and Cup of Excellence (more than 90).

Getting to know the raw material in the best way is essential for the coffee roaster, but also for the barista to extract the best from his coffee and offer his client the most satisfying sensory experience.

The course allows take part to the SCA Green Coffee foundation exam, which can be held at the end of the day.

Periodically our school also organizes the Intermediate and Professional levels of SCA Green coffee, contact us for info!

Certificazione SCA

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

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.

Combined Courses

All courses are scheduled in order to take part to more than one course in one trip to Florence. Find out about our matched courses for the next two months in our courses calendar!

The courses always go from 10 a.m. to approximately 6.30 p.m. in order for you to come to Florence also for one day. If you are travelling from abroad, please contact us for the hotel list or any tips for a stay in Florence!

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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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