SCA Barista Course (Professional Level)


Advanced training for the aspiring head barista.

The Barista Skills Professional course is designed to test advanced skills and detailed knowledge of the science behind coffee brewing.

Holding Barista Skills Intermediate Certification is a mandatory requirement for this course. A three months gap is also required between an intermediate and professional level course to ensure you have time to absorb the knowledge and you are able to put it into practice.

Introduction to Coffee, Barista Foundation, and Intermediate Brewing are recommended but not mandatory. All knowledge and skills from these modules will be assumed as being held and may be tested through the practical and/or written assessments.

Course Content:

  • -  The composition of the coffee bean

  • -  The density of the coffee bean and factors which influence it

  • -  Decaffeination processes

  • -  CO2 in roasted coffee and its impact on brewing

  • -  Packaging methods

  • -  Advantages & disadvantages of the different types of grinder

  • -  Tampers and distribution tools - features of different styles

  • -  TDS, alkalinity, TH, pH - their impact on espresso brewing

  • -  Milk processing methods

  • -  Advancing latte art skills

  • -  Water types and filtration methods

  • -  Cleaning procedures

  • -  Barista Menu

  • -  Financial management

This course lasts for 21 hours (excluding breaks) over three days and each cohort is up to 4 participants. 

All our courses are conducted by fully accredited SCA trainers (knows as ASTs). you don't need to be a SCA member to take one of our SCA courses, but you will need to have a learner membership account with the SCA.You'll use it to access online examinations and your certificates. It's quick, easy and free to get one - see here

If you would like to discuss a bespoke session for your team or group, or if you have any questions about this course, then please get in touch with us by hitting the orange icon at the bottom right of this webpage. 

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