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Barista Basics


Course Outline and Topics

Course Overview

Barista Basics is an online professional development program that will teach you how to prepare espresso, how to froth and texture milk and develop your product knowledge to effectively prepare for barista roles. You will be trained in how to make high-quality coffee, using proper presentation methods, correct grind and ultimately be able to create the right kind of coffee for optimal customer satisfaction.

Course Structure

Unit - Barista Basics

  • Preparing for Service
  • Mis en place
  • Coffee history
  • Coffee bean types
  • Harvesting beans
  • Fair trade coffee
  • Product knowledge
  • Coffee products / blends
  • Grinding
  • Coffee making terminology
  • Coffee machines
  • Espresso extraction
  • Levelling and tampering
  • Brewing
  • Operational considerations
  • Espresso problems / faults
  • Problem identification
  • Frothing and texturing milk
  • Coffee presentation
  • Glassware and crockery
  • Purchasing decisions
  • Coffee accompaniments
  • Marketing the product or business
  • Machine maintenance
  • Cleaning schedule
  • Preparing for coffee service
  • Hygiene and preparation
  • Commercial coffee machines
  • History of coffee
  • Coffee beans
  • Fair trade coffee
  • Product knowledge
  • Communication skills
  • Coffee production
  • Coffee terminology
  • Coffee machine operations
  • Espresso extraction
  • Levelling and tempering
  • Brewing
  • Espresso problems
  • Extraction faults
  • Frothing and texturing milk
  • Coffee presentation
  • Consumer behaviour
  • Coffee accompaniments
  • Coffee promotions
  • Machinery maintenance


Written assignments and exercises, including short-answer questions, reports/essays and projects. There are no examinations or due dates for assessment.

Payment Information

Certificate Course



  • Recognised by employers as professional development;
  • Improve your employment opportunities;
  • Study online, anywhere via our elearning system;
  • Access to high-quality courses written by industry experts;
  • All course materials provided online – no textbooks to buy;
  • Unlimited tutor support;
  • Easy to understand course content;
  • Unlimited enrolment with no expiry;
  • Certificate of Attainment issued for your CV (hard copy provided); and
  • Course may be tax deductible; see your tax advisor.
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