SCA Coffee Skills Program

We offer all the Coffee Skills Program Courses on a monthly basis at multiple locations throughout the country. To find dates they are offered and to register for them, go to our educational calendar page. In addition, check out the page "how to become a SCA learner".  In order to receive the certification thru the SCA, one must have a learner number by the first day of class. 

The courses offered are:

Introduction to Coffee

This is an ideal module for anyone who is new to the coffee industry or just has an interest in this wonderful drink. It charts coffee’s journey from its origins in Ethiopia to the major commodity it is today, enjoyed by millions of people around the world. From farming the cherries through drying, roasting, brewing and finally drinking, this module looks at the processes coffee goes through. This half day course also includes a “coffee cupping” which allows you to taste the various flavors coffee has to offer. Course length, 1 day.  $295.00 

Barista Skills Module

Foundation - Designed to introduce core barista skills to people with no previous barista experience. The student will learn to calibrate their grinders and make an espresso and cappuccino to core standards.  Course length, 1 day. $300

Intermediate - Designed to test key core and more advanced skills and understanding, expected from a competent barista.  The student 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.  Course length, 2 days. $600

Professional - Designed to test advanced skills and detailed knowledge of the science behind processes used.  The student will receive a detailed understanding of their ingredients and of the techniques available to maximize the quality of the drinks made. They will learn to manage the skills of others to produce quality drinks and provide excellent customer service. They will also learn to maintain their equipment to ensure continued quality.  Course length, 3 days. $900

Brewing Module

Foundation - Designed to introduce core brewing skills and equipment to people with no previous brewing experience. The student will learn to grind and brew to the correct recipe to produce great coffee.  Course length, 1 days. $300

Intermediate - Designed to introduce the concept of scientifically measuring coffee extraction and to explore the elements of coffee brewing, Brewing Intermediate helps the coffee professional manipulate brew techniques to improve coffee quality.  Course length, 2 days. $600

Professional - The course tests the ability of the professional brewer to navigate the Brewing Control Chart. This course is intended to extend the practical and sensory brewing capabilities of the professional brewer.  Course length, 3 days. $900

Green Coffee Module

Foundation - This is an introductory course that covers key concepts surrounding green coffee from growing the plant, through processing, shipping and storage to arrival at a roastery.  The course is ideally suited for people new to the coffee industry or those looking to gain an insight into the broad subject matter of green coffee. It includes an introduction to the basics of quality checks, coffee grading, and taste/flavor differences due to processing or species.  Course length, 1 days. $500

Intermediate - This course is designed to build on the knowledge gained in the Green Coffee Foundation course and prepare the student for more complex job functions found in the green coffee profession.   Course length, 3 days. $1500

Professional - This course is designed to build on the knowledge gained in the Green Coffee Intermediate course and prepare the student for managerial job functions found in the green coffee profession.   Integration of green coffee knowledge with that in other CSP modules including sensory and roasting are also expected.   Course length, 4 days. $2000

Roasting Module

Foundation - Designed to introduce core roasting skills and equipment to people with no previous roasting experience.  The student will be able to describe the various stages of roasting using all terminology from the keyword list below.  Course length, 1 days. $500

Intermediate - This course will provide a more detailed understanding of the roasting process and the different kinds of heat transfer at work.  Course length, 2 days. $1000

Professional - Advanced skills in profile development and sensory evaluation of different profiles are tested. Knowledge of the fundamental chemistry of coffee is tested as well as the chemical reactions happening during coffee roasting. Roastery management include principles of manufacturing efficiency and capital expenditure decision making is tested.  Course length, 4 days. $2000

Sensory Skills Module

Foundation – Designed to expose and sensitize the student on the notion of specialty vs non- specialty coffee. Student will learn to recognize the core concepts of sensory analysis and explain why and how coffee professionals use it in the coffee industry. Broad focus will be put on identifying, describing and discriminating objectively aroma, taste and body in coffees. Students will be introduced to the SCA cupping protocol and methodology and reflect on the qualitative dimension of this evaluation methodology.  Course length, 1 days. $500

Intermediate - The student will be enabled to apply core concepts of sensory science to analyze aroma, taste, and body differences in coffee. Students will be introduced to various testing methods including triangle and in/out and they will progress in their calibration of the SCA cupping form. Students will examine basic requirements for developing a sensory program at their place of employment.  Course length, 3 days. $1500

Professional – Designed to align the student with industry coffee and sensory standards and prepare them for running sensory evaluation in a coffee business. The student will acquire the skills required to start identifying and evaluating qualities in specialty green coffee, and to accurately measure and describe coffee beverage characteristics.  Students will learn to generate repeatable and methodical sensory measurements of coffee and learn how to interpret results.  Course length, 4 days. $2000




Education services for your specialty coffee business