0800 578 2832

13 hours (3 days) - $475.00 – 3 student maximum

The Essential Barista Course

The Essential Barista Course
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Welcome to the Essential Barista Course. Over the space of three days we will go over the basic principles of espresso coffee and focus on developing the essential barista skill set. This course highlights the core elements of making excellent espresso coffee.

The first two days are split into two, two-hour segments: Morning session and afternoon session, a total of 4 hours of class time each day, with a lunch break between sessions. The third day is split into 2.5 hour segments, Morning and afternoon sessions with a lunch break between sessions. 

Day One: Covers the importance of grasping the basics concepts.
Morning session is dedicated to understanding and practicing grind, tamping and extraction. Learning to season and dial in the grind. Understand the importance of dose, yield and time and of course to practice, practice, practice.
Afternoon session focuses on learning the technique of how to steam milk correctly and produce desirable microform. Breaking down the steps of texturing, spinning and heat management into easy to follow steps and then apply pouring technique to improve the appearance and taste of coffee.

Day two : Coffee history and machine maintenance followed by practical application of alternative milks.
Morning session. The first hour of the morning is focusing on coffee history and understanding coffee origins and blends in greater depth. Then the second hour is focused on machine maintenance, understanding the equipment and teaching students how to trouble shoot common espresso machine issues.
Afternoon session is dedicated to alternative milks and understanding the differences between them and how to apply that to making better coffee. Then after that we focus on making coffee and practicing.

Day Three: Mock Cafe
Both 2.5 hour sessions are devoted to developing and growing your current abilities to that of an experienced barista. We focus on producing coffee in a similar setting to that of a café; we apply a time limit per order, practice making multiple orders, peer review results and compare expectations to results and learn to multitask.

We have a limited number of spaces in this course, so advance booking is advised. Payment must be finalised prior to course date, as complete payment is to secure your spot in the course. A Cancellation fee will apply.

At the completion of this course, you will be provided with an Essential Barista Course certificate if you meet the standards required.

Excelso Refund Policy:

- For a full refund of course payment, cancellation must be requested a full 14 days prior to course date.

- If the student requests cancellation less than 14 days before course date, the admission is transferable to another course or 75% is refundable.

- If the student requests cancellation less than 7-days before the course, the admission is fully transferable however not refundable.

NZ $475.00
Class Schedule


0800 578 2832

(07) 578 2832


OPENING HOURS - Alert Level 3


7am to 4pm


8.00am to 2pm


Closed all public holidays


112 Third Ave West, Tauranga, NZ