SCAE - Barista Skills

Barista Skill - Foundation

Learn the essential barista skills to get you started on your barista career. The course focuses on the key skills required to set your grinder, make espresso, and foam and texture milk for cappuccinos. The course also touches on some basic information on the daily care of your equipment. This session is ideally suited to people new to the coffee industry or those looking to gain an insight into the broad subject matter of Barista skills.


No previous barista experience is required.

Barista Skills - Intermediary

This course is designed to test the core and more advanced skills and understanding that are to be expected from an experienced barista. Students will learn to dial in a brew recipe, make a full range of drinks with quality and speed, as well as understand the basic requirements for customer service and maintenance.


We recommended that students have some experience as working baristas in the field before attempting this level (SCAE recommends 6 months or more).

Barista Skills - Professional

This course is designed to test advanced skills and detailed knowledge of the science behind processes used, that are to be expected from a professional barista (Eg. someone working as a barista for 12 months or more, with some management responsibilities). Students are expected to have a detailed understanding of their ingredients and of the techniques available to maximize the quality of the drinks made. They should be able to manage the skills of others to produce quality drinks and provide excellent customer service, as well as be able to maintain their equipment to ensure continued quality.


  • Barista skills Intermediate (mandatory)
  • Barista skills foundation (recommended only)
  • Brewing foundation, Intermediate and Professional (recommended only)
  • Roasting foundation (recommended only)
  • Sensory skills foundation and Intermediate (strongly recommended)