Coffee Careers Start Here

 The Specialty Coffee Association offers education programs at Expo which consist of instruction in the following specialties within the coffee industry:

  • Coffee Skills Program

  • Coffee Sustainability Program – NEW for 2019

Specialty coffee is a diverse industry and we are here to help you develop your passion and sharpen your skills. SCA Education Programs allow you to choose the path that suits your interests and needs. Courses are taught by Authorized SCA Trainers (ASTs) in locations around the globe at SCA Premier Campuses or approved training venues to ensure the highest quality learning experience where students can turn their passion into a successful career.  To Learn more, visit www.sca.coffee/education.


CLASSES AVAILABLE AT EXPO BELOW

To add a class to your Expo registration, click here.
 

Thursday, april 11th

Introduction to Coffee

The Introduction To Coffee course is designed to be the ideal course for anyone who is new to the coffee industry or just has an interest in the beloved beverage. The session charts coffee’s journey from its origins in Ethiopia to the major commodity that it is today. The course looks at coffee from seed to cup, including farming, processing, drying, roasting, brewing and, of course, drinking. This half-day course also includes a coffee cupping, which allows the student to taste the various flavors coffee has to offer.

Time: 12pm - 4pm

Location: Room 206A/B

Instructors: Hannah Mercer

Pricing:
Member Early Bird Rate: $245
Non-Member Early Bird Rate: $345
Member Regular Rate: $295
Non-Member Regular Rate: $395

Sensory Skills Foundation Course en Espanol

El curso Sensory Skills Foundation tiene por finalidad presentar las habilidades sensoriales fundamentales para personas que no tengan experiencia previa en la degustación profesional de café. El curso les permite a los estudiantes reconocer los conceptos fundamentales del análisis sensorial y explica por qué y cómo los profesionales del café lo utilizan en la industria del café. Se hará hincapié en la identificación, descripción y discriminación del aroma, el sabor y el cuerpo en los cafés de manera objetiva. Se presentará a los estudiantes el protocolo de la SCA para servir el café y se reflexionará sobre la dimensión cualitativa de esta metodología de evaluación. Se recomienda como requisito previo (pero no es obligatorio) el módulo Introducción al café. Los estudiantes que tienen experiencia profesional con el protocolo para servir el café de la SCA deberían considerar el curso Sensory Skills Intermediate.

Time: 8:30am - 5:30pm

Location: Room 205C

Instructors: Sylvia Guiterrez

Pricing:
Member Early Bird Rate: $395
Non-Member Early Bird Rate: $495
Member Regular Rate: $445
Non-Member Regular Rate: $545

Sustainability Skills Foundation Course - New for 2019!

For the specialty coffee industry to survive, sustainability must be embraced by all actors in the value chain. This course is designed to offer baseline knowledge of what the term ‘sustainability’ means and how it is connected to current and historical events and coffee projects. Attendees will learn the vocabulary and techniques needed to begin assessing their company or organization’s economic, social, and environmental sustainability as well as that of the industry at large. This course or equivalent experience and education is required for the Intermediate level. Introduction to Coffee is a recommended (but not mandatory) prerequisite module.

Time: 8:30am - 5:30pm

Location: Room 209

Instructors: Hanes Motsinger, Erika Koss

Pricing:
Member Early Bird Rate: $345
Non-Member Early Bird Rate: $445
Member Regular Rate: $395
Non-Member Regular Rate: $495

FRIDAY, APRIL 12th

Barista Skills Foundation Course

The Barista Skills Foundation course is designed to introduce the basic, practical skills needed behind the espresso bar. Participants will learn about adjusting grind, techniques for steaming milk and building a range of beverages. This is an excellent course for people who have little-to-no experience with operating espresso machines. Active baristas with more than one year's experience, who already demonstrate an understanding of espresso extraction and milk steaming, may want to consider the Barista Skills Intermediate course.

Time 8:30am - 5:30pm

Location: Room 210A

Instructors: Hannah Mercer

Pricing:
Member Early Bird Rate: $395
Non-Member Early Bird Rate: $495
Member Regular Rate: $445
Non-Member Regular Rate: $545

Barista Skills Intermediate Course Day 1 of 2

The Barista Skills Intermediate course is designed to instill the core skills and knowledge that would be expected from a competent barista. Successful participants will be able to dial in an espresso recipe, steam quality milk to the desired texture and temperature for the drink, make a full range of beverages with quality and speed, and understand the basic requirements for customer service and maintenance. Barista Skills Foundation is a recommended, but not mandatory, prerequisite for this course. This two-day course is well-suited for active baristas with more than six months of experience behind the bar.

Time 8:00am - 4:00pm

Location: Room 205B

Instructors: Tyler Duncan

Pricing:
Member Early Bird Rate: $ $735
Non-Member Early Bird Rate: $ $835
Member Regular Rate: $785
Non-Member Regular Rate: $885

Green Coffee Foundation Course

The Green Coffee Foundation course is designed to introduce basic concepts regarding the consuming side of green coffee. Participants will learn about the specialty coffee supply chain from seed to cup, including cultivation, harvesting, processing, drying, shipping, storage, and delivery. It includes principles of coffee growing, processing, grading, trade and portfolio management. This welcoming course is designed for individuals with no previous experience with the green coffee part of the supply chain.

Time 8:30am - 5:30pm

Location: Room 206A/B

Instructors: Drew Billups

Pricing:
Member Early Bird Rate: $395
Non-Member Early Bird Rate: $495
Member Regular Rate: $445
Non-Member Regular Rate: $545

Sensory Skills Foundation Course

The Sensory Skills Foundation course is designed to introduce core sensory skills to people with no previous, professional coffee-tasting experience. The course enables students to recognize the core concepts of sensory analysis, and explain why and how coffee professionals use it in the coffee industry. Broad focus will be put on identifying, describing, and discriminating aroma, taste and body in coffees objectively. Students will be introduced to the SCA cupping protocol and reflect on the qualitative dimension of this evaluation methodology. Introduction to Coffee is a recommended (but not mandatory) pre-requisite module. Students who have professional experience with the SCA cupping protocol should consider the Sensory Skills Intermediate course.

Time 8:30am - 5:30pm

Location: Room 205C

Instructors: Brittany Horn

Pricing:
Member Early Bird Rate: $395
Non-Member Early Bird Rate: $495
Member Regular Rate: $445
Non-Member Regular Rate: $545

Sensory Skills Intermediate Course Day 1 of 2

The Sensory Skills Intermediate course is ideal for someone who has cupping experience, but wants to develop their sensory skills and knowledge of related science. This course is broken down into three areas: how people interpret taste and aroma; running a cupping session and tasting the diversity of coffee; and how to set up a sensory analysis session.

Time 9am - 5pm

Location: Room 208

Instructors: Dorothea Hescock

Pricing:
Member Early Bird Rate: $735
Non-Member Early Bird Rate: $835
Member Regular Rate: $785
Non-Member Regular Rate: $885

 

SATURDAY, APRIL 13th

Barista Skills Intermediate Course Day 2 of 2

The Barista Skills Intermediate course is designed to instill the core skills and knowledge that would be expected from a competent barista. Successful participants will be able to dial in an espresso recipe, steam quality milk to the desired texture and temperature for the drink, make a full range of beverages with quality and speed, and understand the basic requirements for customer service and maintenance. Barista Skills Foundation is a recommended, but not mandatory, prerequisite for this course. This two-day course is well-suited for active baristas with more than six months of experience behind the bar.

Time 8:30am - 4:30pm

Location: Room 205B

Instructors: Tyler Duncan

Pricing:
Member Early Bird Rate: $735
Non-Member Early Bird Rate: $835
Member Regular Rate: $785
Non-Member Regular Rate: $885

Brewing Foundation Course

The Brewing Foundation course introduces the core skills and concepts required to brew great coffee. The course covers the essential elements of brewing, includes several tasting exercises to explore the impact of certain variables, and involves a good amount of hands-on practices with several pieces of equipment, such as batch brewers and a variety of manual brewers. This welcoming course is specifically designed to lay a strong foundation for those with little-to-no experience with the science of brewing coffee.

Time 8:30am - 5:30pm

Location: 206A/B

Instrutors: Dan Pabst

Pricing:
Member Early Bird Rate: $395
Non-Member Early Bird Rate: $495
Member Regular Rate: $445
Non-Member Regular Rate: $545

Green Coffee Foundation Course en Espanol

El curso Green Coffee Foundation tiene por finalidad presentar los conceptos básicos relativos al consumo de café verde. Los participantes aprenderán acerca de la cadena de suministro de este café especial, desde la semilla hasta que llega a la taza, incluidos el cultivo, la cosecha, el procesamiento, el secado, el embarque, el almacenamiento y la entrega. Incluye los principios para el cultivo, el procesamiento, la clasificación, la comercialización y la gestión de la cartera. Este curso de bienvenida está destinado a personas que no tengan experiencia previa en la parte de la cadena de suministro correspondiente al café verde

Time 8:30am - 5:30pm

Location: 205C

Instructors: María Esther Lopéz-Thome

Pricing:
Member Early Bird Rate: $395
Non-Member Early Bird Rate: $495
Member Regular Rate: $445
Non-Member Regular Rate: $545

Roasting Foundation Course

The Roasting Foundation course is designed to introduce core roasting skills and equipment to people with no previous roasting experience. This course will give participants a fundamental understanding of the roasting cycle. Students will also learn about heat control, data logging and how to manipulate basic sensory aspects of the coffee by roasting light or dark. Sensory Foundation Level, Green Coffee Foundation Level and Introduction to Coffee are recommended prerequisites (not mandatory) for the Roasting Foundation course.

Time 8:30am - 5:30pm

Location: Room RM050/Roasting Tent

Instrutors: Brian Webb

Pricing:
Member Early Bird Rate: $395
Non-Member Early Bird Rate: $495
Member Regular Rate: $445
Non-Member Regular Rate: $545

Sensory Skills Intermediate Course Day 2 of 2

The Sensory Skills Intermediate course is ideal for someone who has cupping experience, but wants to develop their sensory skills and knowledge of related science. This course is broken down into three areas: how people interpret taste and aroma; running a cupping session and tasting the diversity of coffee; and how to set up a sensory analysis session.

Time 9am - 5pm

Location: Room 208

Instructors: Dorothea Hescock

Pricing:
Member Early Bird Rate: $735
Non-Member Early Bird Rate: $835
Member Regular Rate: $785
Non-Member Regular Rate: $885

SUNDAY, APRIL 14th

Introduction to Coffee

The Introduction To Coffee course is designed to be the ideal course for anyone who is new to the coffee industry or just has an interest in the beloved beverage. The session charts coffee’s journey from its origins in Ethiopia to the major commodity that it is today. The course looks at coffee from seed to cup, including farming, processing, drying, roasting, brewing and, of course, drinking. This half-day course also includes a coffee cupping, which allows the student to taste the various flavors coffee has to offer.

Time: 9am - 1pm

Location: Room 206A/B

Instructors: Brian Webb

Pricing:
Member Early Bird Rate: $245
Non-Member Early Bird Rate: $345
Member Regular Rate: $295
Non-Member Regular Rate: $395