Basic Barista Course / Barista Skills Foundation SCA

A very intense one day long course, prepared for those who are entering the barista profession and want to do it with the right knowledge and skill sets, as well as for those discovering the magic of coffee as home baristas.

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At the end of the course students will receive the internationally recognized Italian Barista Method Diploma (IBM) and will also be able to sit for the SCA Barista Skills Foundation Level Examination. Contact us for more details on the above examination and certification.

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FITS Retail Academy Date


FITS Retail Academy Location

Rajagiriya, Sri Lanka

FITS Retail Academy Cost

LKR 45,000

including the handbooks of the course and the Italian Barista method certificate


The course starts at 9 a.m. and finishes at 5.30 p.m. with a short lunch break.

Basic Barista Program
  • Arabica, robusta, varietals and blends, natural and washed: all the differences in taste.
  • A brief history of coffee.
  • Introduction to roasting and blending. Visit to the roasting.
  • The invention and evolution of espresso machines.
  • The lever machine.
  • Choose the right coffee machine for your business.
  • Know and professionally evaluate the qualities of a coffee blend.
  • The preparation of the espresso, scaling and coffee tamping.
  • Coffee grinding: how it is settled and managed with the various types of coffee grinders.
  • Practice on espresso calibration.
  • The perfect frothing of milk by managing different temperatures and frothing levels.
  • Cappuccino in practice: many exercises on frothing milk and classic cappuccino.
  • Italian preparations: latte macchiato, latte coffee, espresso macchiato etc.
  • Cleaning and maintenance of espresso machines. The salt, the blind filter and the cleaning of the showers.

To this basic course it's possible to add a second day. This additional day goes deeper into the world of advanced espresso and latte art, with a lot of practice.

Program of the Course
Day 2 Advanced Barista
  • Introduction to professional coffee tasting: body, acid, bitter, sweet and aromatic notes.
  • Grinding setting exercises with dose and extraction weighing, preparatory to the IBM and SCA exams.
  • Worldwide trends: babyccino, flat white, cortado and other preparations.
  • Latte art, general rules: height of pouring, flow and movement of the wrist.
  • Practice latte art base: the heart.
  • Basic latte art practice: the figure of the leaf or rosetta.
  • Basic latte art practice: the tulip .
  • The third wave coffee shop: coffee brewing and specialty coffees.
FITS Retail Academy Cost

LKR 55, 000

(All inclusive rate or Day 2)

including the handbooks of the course and the Italian Barista method certificate

FITS Retail Academy Cost

Practice is essential to work on the coffee machine with safety and speed. This is why 70% of the basic course length is “hands on”. In the two days course, the practice reaches 90%.

FITS Retail Academy Cost

The diploma issued at the end of the course by Espresso Academy is internationally recognized by Italian Barista Method. It can be attached to your curriculum and job applications.