SCA Intermediate Barista Course

Regular price £395.00

The SCA (Specialty Coffee Association) Intermediate Barista Qualification is internationally recognised, counting towards the overall SCA Coffee Diploma. It is the middle of the SCA barista qualifications (Foundation, Intermediate and Professional), suitable for baristas with some prior experience, ideally after taking the Foundation qualification. Dark Wood’s Paul was pleased to be part of the global team that helped develop this qualification and so you can be sure of the very best in knowledge, skills and facilities on the course.

The course lasts one and a half days, covering all the key skills required by the qualification, which can be taken in the final afternoon of the two days should you wish (There is an additional cost from the SCA for administering the exam of €125 for members or €205 for non members).

The course covers the key areas needed for the Intermediate Barista curriculum (please feel free to contact us for a full copy of the SCA Barista Curriculum):

  • Understanding your beans: species, origin, processing and roast
  • Workspace management: laying out your equipment efficiently
  • Fully understanding your “on demand” and traditional grinders
  • Effective dosing distribution and tamping
  • Understanding how to extract a “balanced” espresso, and dial in brew formulas
  • Some basic science about milk
  • Producing excellent “microfoam
  • Essential latte art skills
  • Preparing a full range of drinks on the barista’s menu at speed
  • Hygiene and , Health & Safety for baristas
  • Customer service for baristas
  • Basic machine maintenance
  • Understanding your drinks profit margins
  • LUNCH (provided each day – let us know any dietary requirements)

(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)

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