SCA Coffee Skills Program

The Specialty Coffee Association’s Coffee Skills Program is the global standard in education for coffee professionals. The program is designed primarily to help coffee roasters, professional baristas, coffee buyers, and sensory professionals acquire essential knowledge and skills. The program consists of six different learning modules including a one-day Introduction to Coffee, and five specialist modules covering Barista Skills, Coffee Brewing, Green Coffee Buying, Coffee Roasting, and Sensory Skills.

Each of the specialist modules in the Coffee Skills Program is available in three levels: Foundation, Intermediate, and Professional. Points are awarded for successful completion of each level. You may choose the modules that best fit your interests and needs. Once you have achieved 100 points, you will be awarded the SCA Coffee Skills Diploma.

SCA Coffee Skills Program Introduction to Coffee

A half-day course for those new to the coffee industry or just curious to know more about specialty coffee. Covers coffee history, cultivation and processing, roasting, and brewing methods. This course provides a survey of basic coffee knowledge in order to get you started on the right path in your professional coffee education.
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SCA Coffee Skills Program Sensory Skills

Learn the essentials of sensory evaluation in a practical and interactive manner. Sensory Skills investigates the way we perceive what we taste and smell in coffee andhow to evaluate coffee’s inherent sensory characteristics. Develop your palate and learn to design sensory experiments in order to elevate your quality control program.
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SCA Coffee Skills Program Roasting Foundation

Get hands-on experience with roasting coffee. Learn the ins and outs of roast levels, defect identification, and the physical changes taking place during the roasting process. This module provides the knowledge and practical skills needed in order to pursue a career as a professional coffee roaster.
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SCA Coffee Skills Program Barista Training

Learn the practical skills you need behind the espresso bar. From basic skills to advanced knowledge, this module will provide everything you need in order to work as a professional barista.
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SCA Coffee Skills Program Brewing Classes

Explore a variety of methods for brewing coffee and gain understanding of extraction principles. This module provides hands-on training in dialing in grind profiles, manual brewing methods, measuring coffee strength, and charting extraction.
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