SCA Coffee Skills Program (Professional Certification Courses)

Barista Skills Foundation

The Barista Skills Foundation course focuses on the key skills required to set a grinder, make espresso and foam, and texture milk for cappuccinos. This course allows one to gain an introductory understanding of the coffee itself and set a foundation from which to build practical skills for milk technique and latte art, while implementing health and safety practices and customer service.
  1. Coffee Beans
  2. Workspace Management & Workflow
  3. Espresso Process: Grind, Dose, Tamp
  4. Extraction & Brewing
  5. Sensory
  6. Milk
  7. Espresso Based Menu
  8. Cleaning, Health & Safety
  9. Water Quality
  10. Customer Service & Café Management
The course is globally accredited via the Specialty Coffee Association (SCA).
  • Specialty Coffee Association Curriculum.
  • 7 hours including CSP Course skills report.
  • Online written exam to be done within 21 days.
  • AST Trainer Student ratio: 1:6 (max)
  • 5 points towards your SCA Coffee Diploma.
  • Tuition fee: HK$2,200 (SCA exam fee included)
Please visit Timetable for our schedule.

Barista Skills Intermediate

The Barista Skills Intermediate course builds on the concepts and skills introduced in the Foundation course. It is ideal for someone who has barista skills experience and wants to explore how to improve coffee quality and prepare for more complex job functions found in the barista profession. Through this interactive course, learners will gain a deeper understanding of the coffee itself, specifically the impact of a coffee’s variety, origins and processing methods on flavor; the parameters of coffee quantity, grind texture, water quality and shot time and their interaction when dialling in a brew recipe; drink construction and taste differences; workflow management and efficiency, sensory aspects of the espresso extraction; milk handling and techniques as well as latte art. In addition to coffee preparation, this course also covers key concepts regarding health and safety, customer service and basic business practices.
  1. Coffee Beans
  2. Workspace Management & Workflow
  3. Espresso Process: Grind, Dose, Tamp
  4. Extraction & Brewing
  5. Sensory
  6. Milk
  7. Espresso Based Menu
  8. Cleaning, Health & Safety
  9. Water Quality
  10. Customer Service & Café Management
The course is globally accredited via the Specialty Coffee Association (SCA).
  • Specialty Coffee Association Curriculum.
  • 12 hours including practical exam.
  • Online written exam to be done within 21 days.
  • AST Trainer Student ratio: 1:6 (max)
  • 10 points towards your SCA Coffee Diploma.
  • Tuition fee: HK$8,300 (SCA exam fee included)
  • Bundle Discount: HK$9,900 (Foundation + Intermediate)
Please visit Timetable for our schedule.

Barista Skills Professional

The Barista Skills Professional course is designed to test advanced skills and detailed knowledge of the science behind processes used by a professional barista (for example, a barista with 12 months or more of work experience). Successful candidates will have explored and demonstrated the advanced skills typically expected of a head barista. In particular, participants will learn a sophisticated tasting methodology and descriptive explanation of coffee flavors; gain a detailed understanding of drink ingredients and the techniques available to maximize the quality of the drinks made, understand how to manage the skills of others to produce quality drinks, demonstrate an understanding of how to develop brew recipes and a systematic method of structuring beverage menus, and finally be able to consistently apply the highest standard of latte art and milk steaming techniques. A written exam tests professional course knowledge while a practical exam tests the skills described above based on different working activities carried out during the course.
  1. Coffee Beans
  2. Workspace Management and Workflow
  3. Espresso Process
  4. Extraction & Brewing
  5. Sensory
  6. Milk
  7. Water Quality
  8. Simple Financial Concept
The course is globally accredited via the Specialty Coffee Association (SCA).
  • Specialty Coffee Association Curriculum.
  • Online written exam to be done within 21 days.
  • 18 hours including practical exam.
  • AST Trainer Student ratio: 1:6 (max)
  • 25 points towards your SCA Coffee Diploma.
  • Tuition fee: HK$9,200 (SCA exam fee included)
Please visit Timetable for our schedule.

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Please visit -Timetable- for our schedule.
Alternative time slots for Cantonese, English and Mandarin SCA courses can be arranged for a party of 2+.
Professional level courses and Roasting courses are only available by request.
Please contact us to make arrangements.