SCA Intermediate Barista Skills Course

Regular price £500.00

Start Time:
9.30am - 4.30pm each day
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

The SCA (Specialty Coffee Association) Intermediate Barista Skills qualification is internationally recognised and can be used to build towards the overall SCA Coffee Diploma. It is the second of the SCA barista qualifications (Foundation, Intermediate and Professional) and intended for baristas with some prior experience - ideally those who already hold SCA Foundation Barista skills Foundation certificate.

Dark Wood’s Paul was a lead creator in the global team that helped develop this qualification so you can be sure of the very best in knowledge, skills and facilities when choosing this course with us!

The course lasts two 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. (The cost of the course includes your SCA course and exam fees)

The course covers the key areas of 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 so please let us know of any dietary requirements


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