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Barista Skills Foundation

Do you want to work as Barista or are you a huge coffee lover and would you like to expand your knowledge? With the SCA Barista Skills Foundation training you gain a solid foundation for your further career in coffee! This training is accredited by the SVH and you can apply for the internationally recognized SCA Barista Skills Foundation certificate.

After discussing the theoretical foundation the day will be mainly filled with practicing. In the theoretical section we explain differences between coffee beans, how extraction works, which methods there are to make espresso and discuss hygiene in the workplace. By experimenting a lot you learn to recognize the difference between sour, bitter, strong and weak. During practice you will operate the espresso machine yourself.

In short: A day with crucial background knowledge and lots and lots of experimentation and practice!

One day (7 hours). We start at 10 am, we finish at 5 pm.
Preliminary training
This course is designed to introduce basic barista skills to people who have had no previous training.
  • Training: € 277,00 excl. VAT (€ 335,17 incl. VAT) (including training materials and lunch)
  • SCA exam (optional): € 130,00 excl. VAT (€ 157,30 incl. VAT)
Training materials
No additional training materials are required for this training.
For whom?
Coffee roasters, buyers, vendors, employees working with coffee, private individuals who would like to learn basic barista skills.

This training has been developed to introduce the basic skills of a Barista to people who have not yet followed a Barista training.

At the end of the day we evaluate your knowledge and skills. Have you successfully completed the day and do you also want to obtain the SCA certificate? Then you can take the SCA theory exam at home after the day’s training. With the knowledge you gained during the course day, you will be able to pass the theory exam.
Read our Dutch SCA page for more information.
Specialty Coffee Association (SCA)
The Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) has created the Coffee Skills Program. This program consists of five different modules: Barista Skills, Brewing, Green Coffee, Sensory Skills and Roasting. Each module is offered at three levels: foundation, intermediate and professional. All modules are concluded with a practical and theoretical exam. On successful completion of a module an internationally accepted certificate can be requested. For more information about the certification system, please visit the SCA website.
During the day we will switch between theory, experiments and practice.


You will learn…

  • the difference between Arabica and Robusta coffee beans;
  • the importance of fresh beans;
  • how to store coffee properly;
  • the names and parts of the coffee grinder and the espressomachine;
  • why whole milk is important;
  • how to comply with the official food regulations.


You will learn…

  • distinguishing the flavors sour, bitter, strong and weak;
  • which steps are required to make a good espresso;
  • recognize and resolve over-extraction and under-extraction;
  • how to froth milk and make cappuccino and latte;
  • how to adjust the coffee grinder;
  • how to correctly use a tamper;
  • working hygienic and clean in your workplace;
  • the importance of cleaning an espressomachine.
Further training
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Beoordeling van deze training door onze cursisten
Stefan Ottenbros5 December 2023
Lauren May de Witt - Project 7111 December 2023
Richard was an incredible instructor/lecturer. He took the time to understand why we were there and really dialled into what we wanted to get out of the day. We all had a great day with him teaching us and came away with our brains exploding with all his great knowledge. I would highly recommend doing the course.
Harriet Jane1 December 2023
We had an amazing training day, Richard was an amazing teacher and we all learnt so much!
It was so interesting to learn all about coffee and its origins.
Richard tailored the class to perfectly meet all our needs!!
Anoniem29 November 2023
David Dijkhoff27 November 2023
Hele leuke en leerzame dag gehad met 6 cursisten. Alle vragen omtrent koffie kunnen gesteld worden, en worden uitgebreid beantwoord. Het fijne bij ITC Academy is dat ze onafhankelijk zijn. Ze geven oprechte adviezen zonder er financiële voordelen uit te halen.
Ik kan iedereen aanraden om een cursus bij ITC Academy te volgen.
Ineke Mulder10 November 2023
De training voelde als een verrijking, veel geleerd!
Rinus Berntsen10 November 2023
Christiaan Erasmus31 October 2023
Mireille20 October 2023
Marit5 July 2023

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