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Barista Level 2 / Intermediate Certificate

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This is a 3 Day program

The Academy of Coffee Excellence does not currently have the Barista Level 2 Certificate Program scheduled. To learn about the Level 2 Program, please continue reading.

Gaining valuable expertise in the craft of great coffee drinks while developing real world skills in customer service techniques and on-the-bar efficiency, Level 2 Barista Pathway students will be presented with practical, advanced techniques to aid in their pursuit of espresso mastery. Students who complete Level 2 will be well prepared to lead behind the bar.

Classes at the Academy of Coffee Excellence generally run from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm unless otherwise noted.

Coursework Includes

Grind, Dose, Tamp, Extract: Intermediate-level baristas study in-depth techniques for use of two different types of espresso grinder, with additional practice in dosing, tamping and evaluating extraction.  SCAA Instructors guide and coach baristas through class activities, testing and tasting the impact and effect on espresso shots of dosing weight, distribution, and settling. 

Espresso Bar Efficiency and Workflow: Efficiency is a critical component of balancing customer service with excellence in quality.  This class is designed to leverage barista skills to improve efficiency while maintaining quality of beverages and service. Students learn techniques under the guidance and coaching of SCAA Instructors to increase drink production speed, ensure quality control through increased attention to detail , and manage a busy/clean station.

Milk Essentials and Latte Art Practice: Latte art is an extremely effective technique for drawing customers’ attention and simultaneously preparing a beverage of high quality. After a short lecture on milk elements and milk substitutes, SCAA Instructors provide hands-on training and coaching on basic latte art designs, and give practice strategies for perfecting latte art techniques.

Espresso machine Preventative Maintenance: This class covers basic handling of equipment maintenance, troubleshooting, and recognizing when service calls are warranted. Students are taught to recognize essential tools and normal replacement items on common espresso machines.

Lunch both days will be provided.


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