Course curriculum

  • 1

    Welcome

  • 2

    Pre-flight checks

  • 3

    An introduction to espresso

    • What is espresso?

    • Choosing your coffee

    • Looking after your coffee

    • Quiz: An introduction to espresso

  • 4

    Know your equipment

    • Naming of parts

    • Setting up your workstation

  • 5

    The recipe

    • Choosing a recipe

    • Different strokes

    • Quiz: The recipe

  • 6

    Making espresso

    • Dose and distribute

    • Tamp

    • Insert and immediate brew

    • Putting it all together

    • Quiz: Making espresso

  • 7

    Tasting espresso

    • Tasting espresso

    • Bitter, sour, and dry

  • 8

    Adjusting the grinder

    • Setting grind size

    • Drinking, fast and slow

    • Setting the dose

    • Recap: Grind size and flavour

    • Quiz: Dialing in

  • 9

    Taking espresso further

    • Channelling

    • Programming volumetrics

    • Troubleshooting and mythbusting

    • Quiz: Perfecting your espresso

  • 10

    Making milk drinks

    • Milk steaming in theory

    • Milk steaming in practice

    • Pouring latte art

    • Milk troubleshooting

    • Microfoam

    • Quiz: Making milk drinks

  • 11

    Working in the cafe

    • The full cafe menu

    • Workflow, hygiene, and customer service

    • Quiz: Working in the cafe

  • 12

    Cleaning and maintenance

    • Cleaning the machine

    • Quiz: Cleaning the machine

  • 13

    The practical assessment

    • How to record your test

  • 14

    SCA Barista Skills Foundation

    • Introduction to Barista Skills Foundation

    • The flavour wheel

    • Cupping

    • The live session

  • 15

    The final quiz

    • The final quiz

  • 16

    Next steps

    • After this course

    • Further reading

    • How did we do?