Barista Pathway Level 1


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Learn the basics of espresso preparation, milk, and drink building in the Level 1 Barista Pathway. With access to the best tools, coffees, and industry leaders, Level 1 Barista students receive expertly lead training and a comprehensive introduction to the espresso craft.

Duration: 10 Hours

Requirements

Foundations of Coffee

Laying the groundwork for a life in coffee, Foundations of Coffee serves as the introduction to all of the Pathways and builds a vocabulary, both spoken and sensed, that will serve each subsequent class in any chosen course of study. Lectures touching on varied subjects that impact coffee such as agronomy, earth sciences, economics, and sociology will bring to life the seed to cup journey as students explore the many steps along the global supply chain.

Foundations of Coffee coursework will shift to a closer inspection of how the senses and chemistry collide, examining how coffees are evaluated through tasting exercises, cupping protocol, and a thorough introduction to flavor perception, as well as the theoretical and practical workings of brewing and extraction. By launching coffee careers with the right tools, Foundations of Coffee will prepare students for their chosen Pathway with a comprehensive overview in the macro and micro forces key to the craft and global industry.

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Espresso and Milk Steaming Fundamentals Part 1

Exceptional espresso preparation is a requirement for anyone in specialty coffee retail. Students work closely with station instructors in small groups, pulling shots, steaming milk and preparing espresso beverages in this laboratory-style class. CP101  is designed to enable students to:

  • Discuss SCAA espresso standards and current industry trends for established retailers and baristas
  • Demystify espresso machines, grinders, and espresso preparation techniques for beginners
  • Provide hands-on experience under guidance from SCAA Instructors to prepare espresso, milk, and café drinks
  • Administer preventive maintenance to espresso equipment, including essential basic cleaning steps
  • Explain the importance of workstation cleanliness Introduction to Espresso. In Part 1 (CP101) During the overview lecture, students learn the essential elements of a quality espresso; then, in small groups participants craft espresso using SCAA protocols

Please note: This is the first half of a 6-hour class and both parts must be taken the same day (there is a 90 minute break).

Recommended Prerequisites: CB100, CP103, CP151, CP152, GE103

Espresso and Milk Steaming Fundamentals Part 2

Exceptional espresso preparation is a requirement for anyone in specialty coffee retail. Students work closely with station instructors in small groups, pulling shots, steaming milk and preparing espresso beverages in this laboratory-style class. CP102  is designed to enable students to:

  • Discuss SCAA espresso standards and current industry trends for established retailers and baristas
  • Demystify espresso machines, grinders, and espresso preparation techniques for beginners
  • Provide hands-on experience under guidance from SCAA Instructors to prepare espresso, milk, and café drinks
  • Administer preventive maintenance to espresso equipment, including essential basic cleaning steps
  • Explain the importance of workstation cleanliness Introduction to Espresso. In Part 1 (CP101) During the overview lecture, students learn the essential elements of a quality espresso; then, in small groups participants craft espresso using SCAA protocols

Please note: This is the second half of a 6-hour class and both parts must be taken the same day (there is a 90 minute break).

Recommended Prerequisites: CB100, CP103, CP151, CP152, GE103

Barista Level 1 Practical Exam and Written Exam

The Barista Level 1 Practical Exam evaluates practical knowledge and skills of a barista at the level of essential competencies. The written exam covers knowledge aspects of all Barista Pathway Level 1 classes. Based on the Barista Certificate Level 1 curriculum, completion of ALL classes is recommended prior to testing.  In order to receive the full certificate, candidates must attend the required classes: Seed to Cup (CB100), Customer Service Essentials (CP103), Brewing & Extraction Principles (CP151), Brewing & Extraction Principles Applied (CP152), and Orientation to SCAA Cupping (GE103). The only class for which candidates may “bypass” is Espresso & Milk Steaming Fundamentals (CP101-CP102). Bypass candidates are highly encouraged to attend the online intensive test preparation class, which covers the knowledge and performance content tested in the written and practical exams.

Recommended Prerequisites: CP101, CP102, and/or CP200

Required Prerequisites: CB100, CP103, CP151, CP152, GE103

Barista Code of Conduct

Completion of the Barista Code of Conduct is a requirement for the Barista Pathway Level 1. Please submit your form here.