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Specialty Coffee Association
Barista Skills

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SCA Barista Skills

​Barista Skills teaches the essentials practical skills needed behind the espresso bar such as how to set your grinder, make espresso, foam and texture milk for cappuccinos, and create latte art as well as an exploration of health and safety issues, customer service protocols, and basic business practices.

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SCA barista Skills Foundation
SCA barista Skills



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. 

Course Lenght : 8-9 Hours/ 1 Day

Prerequisites: None; Introduction to Coffee and Barista Skills Foundation recommended

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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.

Course Lenght : 14-16 Hours/ 2 Days

Prerequisites: None; Introduction to Coffee and Barista Skills Foundation recommended

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The Barista Skills Professional course is designed to test advanced skills and detailed knowledge of the science behind processes used by a professional barista (for example, a barista with 12 months or more of work experience). Successful candidates will have explored and demonstrated the advanced skills typically expected of a head barista. In particular, participants will learn a sophisticated tasting methodology and descriptive explanation of coffee flavors; gain a detailed understanding of drink ingredients and the techniques available to maximize the quality of the drinks made, understand how to manage the skills of others to produce quality drinks, demonstrate an understanding of how to develop brew recipes and a systematic method of structuring beverage menus, and finally be able to consistently apply the highest standard of latte art and milk steaming techniques. A written exam tests professional course knowledge while a practical exam tests the skills described above based on different working activities carried out during the course.

Course Lenght : 21-24 Hours/ 3 Days

Prerequisites: None; Introduction to Coffee and Barista Skills Foundation & recommended, Intermediate mandatory

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Meet The Trainer

A. Erhan Dizbay

Authorized SCA (Specialty Coffee Association) since 2016



  • 2nd Place National Barista Championship 2023

  • 2nd Place National Barista Championship 2022

  • World Barista Championship Competitor Melbourne 2022

  • Semi Finalist at National Aeropress Championship 2022

  • Semi Finalist at National Cup Tasters Championship 2022

  • 2nd Place National Barista Championship 2021

  • 2nd Place National Barista Championship 2020

  • 2nd Place NNBK Barista Championship 2019

  • 3th Best Coffee Bar Dutch Hospitalty Award 2018

  • 1st Best Coffee Bar of the State Dutch Hospitalty Award 2018

  • 1st Best Coffee Bar in a Hotel Dutch Hospitalty Award 2018

  • Top 5 Entree Best Barista Competition of the Netherlands 2018

  • 1st place North Netherlands Barista Championship 2017-2018

  • 4th place National Barista Championship 2015

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