SCA Barista Skills

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We’re really excited that in 2017 we’ve launched our SCA Coffee Diploma System Education Program with a series of dates focussed on the Barista Skills modules. Other module series will be added as the year progresses.

The Foundation level is for people new to the coffee industry, focussing on the key skills required to dial in and brew espresso, foam and texture milk and develop basic knowledge of equipment, menu items and coffee history, terminology and principles.

Progression through the intermediate and professional levels allows candidates to gain a deeper understanding of coffee itself and build on their practical skills for workflow, milk technique and latte art, equipment care, health and safety, customer service and basic business. Sensory activities in line with the expectations of the contemporary Barista role support this training alongside lectures, and hands-on coaching and training.

The Intermediate level is designed for baristas already working behind a coffee bar. The Professional level is built for students who have already achieved Intermediate certification. Our training has been developed to be accessible to all students and encompasses a wide range of learning styles, culminating in written and practical exams.

  • SCA CDS - Barista Skills - Foundation: June 20th (4 spaces) - 4 spaces remaining
  • SCA CDS - Barista Skills - Intermediate: More dates to be announced
  • SCA CDS - Barista Skills - Professional: More dates to be announced

The cost of all courses includes the SCA certification fee.

If you are a member of the SCA you are entitled to a discounted rate for the Intermediate (£335.00) and Professional (£595.00) course, please contact us at with your SCA membership number before ordering. If you are not yet a member of SCA and are interested in joining please visit

All training will take place at our roastery outside Stafford, courses will run from 0930 - 1700 with a lunch break. Lunch will be provided for those attending the Foundation course during their 30 minute break but no lunch will be provided for those attending the Intermediate and Professional courses on their 1 hour breaks, light refreshments will be available throughout the day for all courses.

Unit 16, Ladford Covert
Ladfordfields Industrial Estate
ST18 9QL

Training is conducted by Sonali Tailor, AST, our field trainer and an authorised UK judge. Sonali has managed a number of coffee bar operations and developed coffee programs for leading UK retailers throughout her career as well as representing her coffee skills on the Cup Taster and Coffee Master stages.

For further information about the SCA Coffee Diploma System and Barista Skills module please visit the links below...

SCA Coffee Diploma System

Barista Skills Module 

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