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.
The techniques you will learn have been tried and tested by the World’s best baristas and developed through our work with the world championships over the years. That does not necessarily make them hard to learn it just means you will pick up the best techniques first time around!
The day is designed to be hands on to ensure you are confident using the skills you pick up.
If you feel confident, you may choose to take the SCA Foundation Barista Skills Qualification at the end of the day. (There is an additional cost from the SCA for certification of €60. You will need to get a learner number via the SCA Web site to process your certificate).
Who’s it for?
– Anyone who has just bought, or is thinking of buying, an espresso machine
– Anyone planning to open a cafe
– People using an espresso machine who want to get better result
– 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: water quantities and temperature
– Steps to producing your espresso
– LUNCH (provided – let us know any dietary requirements)
– Introduction to milk
– Techniques to texturing and foaming
– The barista menu
– Introduction to latte art
– Care & maintenance of your machine
The course takes place here at the roastery near Marsden, West Yorkshire. The course starts at 9.30am and finishes at about 4.00pm (expect a further 1 – 1.5 hours on this if you are taking the exam).
(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)