SCA Barista Skills - Foundation Course


  • SCA Barista Skills - Foundation Course
  • SCA Barista Skills - Foundation Course
  • SCA Barista Skills - Foundation Course
  • SCA Barista Skills - Foundation Course

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For the budding barista and newbies in the coffee industry. Designed to introduce key core skills, Succesful candidates should be able to calibrate their grinders and male an espresso and milk beverages to core standards. SCA introduction to Coffee is recommended, but not a mandatory pre-requisite.

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SCA Barista Skills - Foundation

Join us for a one-day comprehensive coffee training for baristas who have little to no previous training barista experience.

Successful candidates should be able to dial in and brew espresso, foam and texture milk, as well as develop a basic knowledge of equipment, drink building, and the history and principles of specialty coffee.

What's Covered?

  • Understanding coffee beans
  • Workspace management
  • Grinding, dosing and tamping
  • Extraction and brewing
  • Milk techniques
  • Barista menu
  • Hygiene, health & safety
  • Customer service
  • Cafe management

SCA Certification

5 points earned towards SCA Coffee Skills Programme


Comprised of 3 short practical tests and a written exam (20 questions with a pass rate of 60% required). 

Introduction to Coffee is a recommended (but not mandatory) pre-requisite module. All knowledge and skill from that module will be assumed as being held and may be tested through the practical and/or written assessments. 

SCA certification fee: 

50 GBP for SCA members

50 GBP for non-SCA members

Please contact us at with your SCA learner number once booked.

Further information

Maximum of 4 people per course.

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Length & Location: Training will take place at the Climpson's Academy, courses will run from 0930 - 1700 with a lunch break. 

Climpson’s Academy is located opposite the roastery - Unit 5, Helmsley Place, E8 3SB

Training style: Our training has been developed to be accessible to everyone willing and eager to learn. It encompasses a wide range of learning styles, culminating in written and practical exams.

The Barista Trainer: Mr Dan Dunne, our Head of Training, is our super experienced, qualified SCA trainer. 

Equipment & Machinery: We’re proud to be partnered with some of the best machine and equipment companies in the industry. When training with us, you’ll have the opportunity to learn and practice on a range of equipment; including La Marzocco PB, GS3 and Victoria Arduino Mythos Grinders. 

Food & Beverage: We will feed you lunch as lovingly prepared by the team at Climpson’s Café. If you are very good a sweet treat and as much coffee and filtered water as you can drink in a day will be provided. 

See all available SCA courses and Climpson workshops here.