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Barista Training

Free barista training courses for you and your staff


Crafting the perfect cup can be tricky, we know this!

Through years of experience and our lust for knowledge, we have the skills to teach you to bring out the unique characteristics in a coffee and create the perfect cup.

Our barista training can cater to all skill groups and has been constructed to do so.
From never having previously touched a coffee machine to having 50 years experience in the game, we’re sure there’s still something you will learn from attending one of our barista training sessions which, by the way, are free of charge to Cornico customers!

We encourage progressive thinking here at Cornico coffee roasters and fully support our customers seeking more knowledge on the origins of their coffee or how to brew the perfect cup.



For more advanced barista training sessions, we do offer an advanced which covers:

A brief history of coffee

Growing regions and terroir

Processing methods

Everything extraction

Espresso brewing

Filter coffee brewing

Milk science

Milk texturing

Beverage building

Latte art

Espresso machine and grinder cleaning/maintenance



If you are interested in gaining qualifications in coffee, the Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) offers different courses that might be of interest to you. Millie, our barista trainer, is an Authorised SCA Trainer and able to certify you in the below courses:

The Introduction to Coffee course is ideal for anyone who is new to specialty coffee. It charts coffee’s journey from its origins in Ethiopia to
the major commodity that it is today. This course gives a general overview of the specialty coffee supply chain and explores topics such as
history and cultivation, variables that affect coffee quality, basics of sensory analysis, fundamentals of roasting, factors of coffee freshness,
and principles of brewing. In addition, learners will discuss the importance of water quality, cleanliness and maintenance. This interactive
course also includes a cupping, an industry-specific process for evaluating coffee through a sensory experience. There is an online written
exam administered upon the completion of the course.

Barista Skills teaches the essentials practical skills needed behind the espresso bar such as how to set your grinder, make espresso, foam
and texture milk for cappuccinos and create latte art as well as an exploration of health and safety issues, customer service protocols and
basic business practices.
Barista Skills can be studied at three different levels within the SCA Coffee Skills Program:
Barista Skills Foundation (1 Day)
The Barista Skills Foundation course focuses on the key skills required to set a grinder, make espresso and foam, and texture milk for cappuccinos. This
course allows one to gain an introductory understanding of the coffee itself and set a foundation from which to build practical skills for milk technique and latte
art, while implementing health and safety practices and customer service. Practical learning objectives and activities prepare the learner to set a grinder and
make espresso, foam and texture milk as per SCA foam quality standards and construct espresso-based drinks to SCA standards. A written exam tests
theoretical knowledge based on Foundation course learning objectives.

Barista Skills Intermediate (2 Day)
The Barista Skills Intermediate course builds on the concepts and skills introduced in the Foundation course. It is ideal for someone
who has barista skills experience and wants to explore how to improve coffee quality and prepare for more complex job functions found in the barista
profession. Through this interactive course, learners will gain a deeper understanding of the coffee itself, specifically the impact of a coffee’s variety, origins and
processing methods on flavor; the parameters of coffee quantity, grind texture, water quality and shot time and their interaction when dialing in a brew recipe;
drink construction and taste differences; workflow management and efficiency, sensory aspects of the espresso extraction; milk handling and techniques as
well as latte art. In addition to coffee preparation, this course also covers key concepts regarding health and safety, customer service and basic business
practices. A written exam tests Intermediate course knowledge while a practical exam assesses the learner’s ability in terms of grinder calibration, espresso
extraction analysis, latte art skills and drinks construction.

Barista Skills Professional (3 Days)
The Barista Skills Professional course is designed to test advanced skills and detailed knowledge of the science behind processes used by a professional
barista (for example, a barista with 12 months or more of work experience). Successful candidates will have explored and demonstrated the advanced skills
typically expected of a head barista. In particular, participants will learn a sophisticated tasting methodology and descriptive explanation of coffee flavors; gain a
detailed understanding of drink ingredients and the techniques available to maximize the quality of the drinks made, understand how to manage the skills of
others to produce quality drinks, demonstrate an understanding of how to develop brew recipes and a systematic method of structuring beverage menus, and
finally be able to consistently apply the highest standard of latte art and milk steaming techniques. A written exam tests professional course knowledge while a
practical exam tests the skills described above based on different working activities carried out during the course.


Looking for accreditation?
Ask about our Accredited courses by sending us an email on or call us on 01637 880 343.


The training that is given by Cornico is first class, we send every member of staff there and they always come back full of enthusiasm and further skills. The way they train is so relaxed and even fun, if you are as serious about coffee as we are then these courses are a must.  
The Musssle Box, Padstow.

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