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SCA Barista Intermediate

SCA Barista Intermediate

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The SCA Barista Intermediate course builds on the skills and content of the Foundations course. This is the ideal class for anyone with barista experience who wants to improve the quality of their preparations and learn more complex skills behind the bar. We'll explore the impacts that coffee's origin, variety, and processing methods have on its flavor.

You'll learn:

  • In depth techniques for dialing in espresso recipes
  • Drink construction and technique
  • Latte art
  • Workflow for maximum efficiency
  • Sensory aspects of espresso extraction
  • Key elements of health and safety
  • Basic business practices


August 29-31, 2024 (Thurs-Fri-Sat), 9 AM-5 PM

Intermediate Level (Three-Day Course). This intermediate level course is for experienced baristas. The SCA Foundations course is recommended, but not required to enroll in the Intermediate course.

**Please note that our scheduling function shows this class as 8 hours in duration (one day). We will actually meet for 7 hours each day, three consecutive days (breaking for lunch from 12-1 PM). Click "Book Now" and choose May 9 or August 30 on the calendar to reserve your spot for all three days.

Testing: Testing takes place on the third day of this course. A written exam tests Intermediate course knowledge, and a practical exam assesses the learner’s ability in terms of grinder calibration, espresso extraction analysis, latte art skills and drink construction.

SCA testing fees are included.


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  • Approachability

    Our teaching style is open, engaging, and non-judgmental.

  • Collaboration

    We love making connections across industries and subject areas.

  • Inclusive Diversity

    Our class offerings represent a range of learning possibility for everyone.

  • Inquisitive Research

    We believe there is always more to learn!

No experience required.

You don't have to be a professional barista or bartender to take a class at the Lab. Our lineup includes resources for amateur coffee enthusiasts and craft beverage aficionados.

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