Level One

Espresso Basics

3 hours Course notes Certificate of completion

In this introductory barista course to espresso coffee making, you will learn fundamental barista skills required to make coffee in the modern cafe. This class is also suitable for home baristas who would like to learn how to make better coffee at home. 


We will show you how to correctly dose, tamp, and extract delicious tasting espressos using only proven up to date techniques. From there you will learn to texture milk to create all the popular drinks on today’s coffee espresso menu including the caffe latte, flat white, cappuccino, and macchiato.


You will have access to unlimited coffee beans and milk to practice with. With our small class sizes, we guarantee you’ll walk away making better coffee than you did walking in.

 Learn how to operate a commercial espresso machine and coffee grinder


 Understand accepted espresso standards and guidelines for coffee


 Brew ratios for espresso coffee


 How, why and when to adjust the grind setting for a correct espresso pour


 Correctly texture milk for silky microfoam


 Learn to make all the coffees on the coffee menu


 How to clean the espresso machine with back-flush detergent

There are no prerequisites or requirements to join this barista course.


We recommend this barista course if:


  • You have little to no experience making coffee
  • You’re looking to find a job as a barista
  • You make coffee at home and would like to learn proper coffee making techniques
  • Coffee enthusiasts and home baristas
  • You’ve made coffee before but would like to learn proper techniques