SCA Foundation Barista Skills Course

Regular price £260.00

Start Time:
The course starts at 9.30am and finishes at about 4.00pm.
Dark Woods Coffee, Holme Mills, West Slaithwaite Road, HUDDERSFIELD HD7 6LS

Notes on disabled access: Our mill has no steps to access it and has flat floor surface throughout the training area, as well as parking outside on the same level. The espresso machines are set on counters at approx 9050mm height, although we can make accommodations for a lower set machine if required, with prior warning. We have two disabled toilets. If you have any question please don’t hesitate to ask

Additional Product Information

This course gets you up and running with all the key skills you need to operate your espresso machine, from setting your grinder for perfect espresso extraction, foaming and texturing your milk for the full range of café drinks, through to care and maintenance.

It is the first step on the SCA Barista Skills programme, the world's only internationally recognised and externally vetted coffee skills qualification. The day is designed to be hands on to ensure you are confident using the skills you pick up.

Please note that from February 2023 our SCA Foundation course fees will go up from £160 to £260 in order to reflect changes in the way the SCA bill their ASTs (Accredited Specialty Trainers). However, this new enhanced fee will include automatic entry to the previously optional online written exam. This will also affect the way we bill wholesale customers because we are now unable to offer free access to the SCA programme. However, our own in-house Modular Courses are unaffected so if you still want to access free training you can continue to book these instead using the usual method.

Feel free to contact our Head of Training Tom Wilkinson on tom@darkwoodscoffee.co.uk if you have any questions! 

Who is it for?
  • Anyone who has just bought, or is thinking of buying, an espresso machine
  • Anyone planning to open a cafe
  • Baristas already using an espresso machine who want to refine their skills
  • The course is aimed at commercial espresso machine users but keen home baristas are welcome too
The Day in Detail
  • A brief introduction to your coffee: varieties, origins and flavours
  • The importance of freshness
  • Choosing the right machine and grinder
  • Setting your grinder: dose and grind texture
  • Calibrating your espresso machine
  • Steps to producing your espresso
  • LUNCH (provided – let us know any dietary requirements)
  • Introduction to milk
  • Techniques to texturing and foaming
  • Your coffee menu
  • Introduction to latte art
  • Care & maintenance of your machine


Cancellations must be made with a minimum of 48 hours’ notice – unfortunately refunds cannot be processed for late cancellations.