The SCA (Specialty Coffee Association) Professional Barista Qualification is internationally recognised, counting towards the overall SCA Coffee Skills Programme. It is the highest of the SCA barista qualifications (Foundation, Intermediate and Professional), suitable for baristas with extensive experience, only after taking the Intermediate 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 three days, covering all the key skills required by the qualification, which can be taken in the final afternoon of the three days should you wish (There is an additional cost from the SCA for administering the exam of €180 for members or €270 for non members).
The course covers the key areas needed for the Professional Barista curriculum (please feel free to contact us for a full copy of the SCA Barista Curriculum):
- Understanding your beans and how this impacts brewing: species, origin, processing and roast
- Workspace management
- Advanced understanding on brewing and extraction, including devising appropriate brew formulas and working out extraction percentage
- Milk science
- Advanced latte art skills – it is not recommended that you come on this course without a reasonable grasp of latte art skills beforehand
- Understanding of the science behind water for coffee
- Hygiene and , Health & Safety for baristas
- Customer service for baristas
- Machine maintenance
- Cafe management
- 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)