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SCA Coffee Skills Program

Your Coffee Career Starts Here!

SCA-Bildungsprogramme basieren auf jahrzehntelangem Wissen, Forschung und realer Erfahrung, um Ihnen zu helfen, eine erfolgreiche Karriere in der Kaffeeindustrie aufzubauen. Unser Fokus liegt nicht nur auf der Qualität unseres Lehrplans, sondern auch darauf, wie dieser Lehrplan die Schüler darauf vorbereitet, ihre Ziele zu erreichen und ihr Zertifikat oder Diplom direkt zu verwenden, um eine erfolgreiche, lohnende Karriere zu finden. SCA-Zertifizierungen werden von Arbeitgebern auf der ganzen Welt anerkannt und nachgefragt, wodurch sich Ihr Lebenslauf von anderen abhebt. SCA bietet vier Programme an, die sich auf acht Studien- oder Karrierewege konzentrieren. Egal, ob Sie davon träumen, ein eigenes Café zu eröffnen, als professioneller Kaffeeröster erfolgreich zu sein oder das Nachhaltigkeitsprogramm Ihres Unternehmens zu leiten, SCA bietet ein Bildungsprogramm, das Ihren Zielen entspricht und Ihre Karriere ankurbelt.

SCA Introduction to Coffee

Introduction to Coffee is an ideal course for anyone who is new to the coffee industry or just has an interest in this wonderful drink. It charts coffee’s journey from its origins in Ethiopia to the major commodity it is today, enjoyed by millions of people around the world. From coffee process, roasting, brewing to tasting, this course gives a general overview of coffee’s supply chain. This half day course also includes a “coffee cupping” which allows you to taste the various flavors of coffee.

 

Course Length: Ca. 4-6 hours

Prerequisites: None

Assesment: Online Written Exam & Course Skills Report

Total Number of Questions on Online Written Exam: 20 (worth one point each)

Total Time Allowed for Online Written Exam: 22 minutes

Passing Score (Online Written Exam): 60%

Duration:         Price:           

4 Hours           €192,39 (incl. %20 VAT & €70 Certificate Fee)

SCA Barista Skills Foundation

The Barista Skills Foundation course focuses on the key skills required to set a grinder, make espresso and foam, and texture milk for cappuccinos. This course allows one to gain an introductory understanding of the coffee itself and set a foundation from which to build practical skills for milk technique and latte art, while implementing health and safety practices and customer service.

 

Prerequisites: None; Introduction to Coffee recommended

Assesment: Online Written Exam & Course Skills Report

Total Number of Questions on Online Written Exam: 20 (worth one point each)

Total Time Allowed for Online Written Exam: 22 minutes

Passing Score (Online Written Exam): 60%

Duration:         Price:           

8 Hours          €425 (incl. %20 VAT & €70 Certificate Fee)

SCA Barista Skills Intermediate

The Barista Skills Intermediate course builds on the concepts and skills introduced in the Foundation course. It is ideal for someone who has barista skills experience and wants to explore how to improve coffee quality and prepare for more complex job functions found in the barista profession. Through this interactive course, learners will gain a deeper understanding of the coffee itself, specifically the impact of a coffee’s variety, origins and processing methods on flavor; the parameters of coffee quantity, grind texture, water quality and shot time and their interaction when dialling in a brew recipe; drink construction and taste differences; workflow management and efficiency, sensory aspects of the espresso extraction; milk handling and techniques as well as latte art. In addition to coffee preparation, this course also covers key concepts regarding health and safety, customer service and basic business practices.

Pre-requisites: Introduction to Coffee and Barista Foundation are recommended (but not mandatory) pre-requisite modules. All knowledge and skill from these modules will be assumed as being held and may be tested through the practical and/or written assessments.

Written Exam Information:

Total Number of Questions on Online Written Exam: 35 (worth one point each)

Total Time Allowed for Online Written Exam: 37

Passing Score (Online Written Exam): 70%

Practical Exam Information:

Total Time Allowed for Practical Exam: 40 minutes

Total Number of Sections on Practical Exam: 3

Passing Score (Practical Exam):

Section 1 – 50% = 3 points correct

Duration:           Price:           

16 Hours           €725 (incl. %20 VAT & €205 Certificate Fee)

SCA Barista Skills Professional

Designed to test advanced skills and detailed knowledge of the science behind processes used, expected from a professional barista (for example, from someone working as a barista for 12 months or more, with some management responsibilities). Successful candidates should have a detailed understanding of their ingredients and of the techniques available to maximize the quality of the drinks made. They should be able to manage the skills of others to produce quality drinks and provide excellent customer service. They should be able to maintain their equipment to ensure continued quality.

 

Course Length: 21 hours including exams

Written Exam Information:

Total Number of Questions on Written Exam: 34 (worth one point each)

Total Time Allowed for Online Written Exam: 45

Passing Score (Online Written Exam): Pass rate is 80%

 

Practical Exam Information:

Total Time Allowed for Practical Exam: 80 minutes

Total Number of Sections on Practical Exam: 5

Passing Score (Practical Exam): 80%.

PS: Learners must pass all 5 sections in order to pass exam.

Duration:            Price:           

24 Hours           €1250 (incl. %20 VAT & €305 Certificate Fee)

SCA Brewing Foundation

The Brewing Foundation course introduces the learner to the different methods of brewing coffee. The learner will receive theoretical and practical hands-on instruction for a range of devices including automatic and manual gravity brewers, as well as other commonly used brewers within their local culture. Learners will also explore how to produce a tasty brew based on an understanding of the essential brewing elements and an analysis of their brew results.

 

Prerequisites: None; Introduction to Coffee recommended

Assesment: Online Written Exam & Course Skills Report

Total Number of Questions on Online Written Exam: 30 (worth one point each)

Total Time Allowed for Online Written Exam: 32 minutes

Passing Score (Online Written Exam): 60%

Duration:            Price:           

8 Hours              €425 (incl. %20 VAT & €70 Certificate Fee)

SCA Brewing Intermediate

Successful completion of the Brewing Foundation and/or 3 to 6 months work experience preparing brews with an automatic drip filter brewer and a manual drip filter brewer or other culturally common brewer is recommended; Successful completion of the Introduction to Coffee and Sensory Skills Foundation also recommended.

 

Prerequisites: None; Introduction to Coffee and Brewing Foundation recommended

Assesment: Online Written Exam & Practical Exam

Online Written Exam:

Total Number of Questions on Online Written Exam: 40 (worth one point each)

Total Time Allowed for Online Written Exam: 60 minutes

Passing Score (Online Written Exam): 70%

 

Practical Exam:

Total Time Allowed for Practical Exam: 90 minutes

Passing Score: Candidates must achieve a minimum overall score of 70% to pass the practical exam.

Duration:              Price:           

16 Hours              €725 (incl. %20 VAT & €205 Certificate Fee)

SCA Brewing Professional

The course tests the ability of the professional brewer to navigate the Brewing Control Chart. This course is intended

to extend the practical and sensory brewing capabilities of the professional brewer.

Course Length: Ca. 24 hours

Prerequisites: Brewing Intermediate

Assesment: Online Written Exam & Practical Exam

Total Number of Questions on Online Written Exam: 35 (worth one point each)

Total Time Allowed for Online Written Exam: 45 minutes

Passing Score (Online Written Exam): 80%

 

Practical Exam:

Total Time Allowed for Practical Exam: 165 minutes

Passing Score: Candidates must achieve a minimum overall score of 80% to pass the practical exam.

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Duration:            Price:           

24 Hours            €1250 (incl. %20 VAT & €305 Certificate Fee)

SCA Sensory Skills Foundation

The SCA Sensory Skills Foundation enables the student to recognize the core concepts of sensory analysis and explain how and why professionals use it in the coffee industry. The primary focus is describing and discriminating aroma, taste, and body in coffees. Students are introduced to the SCA cupping protocol and focus on the qualitative dimension of coffee. Practical exams are suited for new cuppers preparing to enter the Q program.

Prerequisites: None; Introduction to Coffee recommended

Assesment: Online Written Exam & Course Skills Report

Total Number of Questions on Online Written Exam: 30 (worth one point each)

Total Time Allowed for Online Written Exam: 32 minutes

Passing Score (Online Written Exam): 60%

Duration:            Price:           

8 Hours              €425 (incl. %20 VAT & €70 Certificate Fee)

SCA Sensory Skills Intermediate

The SCA Sensory Skills Intermediate enables the student to apply core concepts of sensory science to analyze aroma, taste, and body in coffee. Students will be introduced to various testing methods including triangulation and will progress in their calibration with the SCA cupping form. Students will apply basic requirements for developing a sensory program for their business. Practical exams are suited for experienced cuppers preparing to enter the Q program.

 

Prerequisites: None; Introduction to Coffee and Brewing Foundation recommended

Assesment: Online Written Exam & Practical Exam

Online Written Exam:

Total Number of Questions on Online Written Exam: 40 (worth one point each)

Total Time Allowed for Online Written Exam: 60 minutes

Passing Score (Online Written Exam): 70%

Duration:              Price:           

16 Hours              €725 (incl. %20 VAT & €205 Certificate Fee)

SCA Sensory Skills Professional

The SCA Sensory Skills Professional course aims to take your understanding of the SCA cupping protocol and scientific sensory methods to the highest level. The course is heavily focused on the SCA cupping protocol, which is used throughout the course to evaluate the quality of American, African and Asian coffees respectively. The detection of positive and negative aromas in coffee is practiced to become more precise in your flavour descriptions. Furthermore, at CoffeeMind Academy we emphasize the ability of the student to be able to set up and execute descriptive sensory and consumer tests.

 

Practical Exam:

Total Time Allowed for Practical Exam: 165 minutes

Passing Score: Candidates must achieve a minimum overall score of 80% to pass the practical exam.

Duur:            Prijs:           

24 Hours     €1250 (incl. %20 VAT & €305 Certificate Fee)

Coffee Diploma System


Coffee is a huge industry, offering many and varied career opportunities. The Coffee Diploma System allows people to choose the education path that most suits their needs. Six different modules exist in different disciplines, each with three levels of qualification, Foundation, Intermediate, and Professional (apart from Introduction to Coffee which is just one level).
For every module you can gain points for each level of qualification taken, and when you have achieved 100 points you will be awarded your overall diploma. It’s your choice on the modules you take to get you 100 points.