Specialty Coffee Association

Coffee Skills


SCA Coffee Skills Program

The Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) is the world's leading professional organization promoting excellence in qualty coffee, drawing together professionals from all aspects of the specialty coffee industry.

Central to the SCA's purpose is to improve coffee standards through furthering knowledge and education. With this aim the Coffee Diploma System (CDS) was created.
For more information see below or Dowlnload the Coffee Diploma System Brochure

SCA Coffee Skills Program

SCA Introduction to Coffee

Introduction to Coffee is an ideal module 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 farming the cherries through drying, roasting, brewing and finally drinking, this module looks at the processes coffee goes through. This half day course also includes a “coffee cupping” which allows you to taste the various flavors coffee has to offer.

For more information visit: SCA Introduction to Coffee

SCA Coffee Skills Program

SCA Barista Skills

Barista Skills is for people focussing on the key skills required to set your grinder, make espresso and foam and texture milk for cappuccinos. This module allows you to gain a deeper understanding of the coffee itself and build on your practical skills for milk technique and latte art, not to mention health and safety, customer service and basic business.

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  • SCA Barista Skills Fondation

  • SCA Barista Skills Intermediate

  • SCA Barista Skills Professinal


SCA Sensory Skills

Barista Skills is for people focussing in the key elements of sensory evaluation in the SCA Sensory Skills classes. Investigate taste and flavor perception, evaluate myriad characteristics of coffee, and develop cupping skills, scoring, and calibration. Offered at Foundations, Intermediate, and Professional Levels.

For more information visit: SCA Sensory Skills

  • SCA Sensory Skills Fondation

  • SCA Sensory Skills Intermediate

  • SCA Sensory Skills Professinal

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.