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SCA Barista Training at the RNY Lab!

Calling all baristas! Aspiring and seasoned baristas alike, if you’re looking up “barista training near me” the RNY Lab has you covered! Join us this March as Thomas Ameloot of CoLabOps teaches SCA Barista Skills Foundation & Intermediate.

Barista pouring latte art at the RNY Lab

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Why take SCA Barista Courses at the RNY Lab?

Unsure if you or your staff would benefit from the SCA Barista courses at the RNY Lab? To set your café experience apart from the rest, having properly trained SCA baristas can prove to be a huge advantage. More often than we would like, the importance of the barista role is downplayed, underestimated, or in the worst cases, downright ignored. The Barista is the spokesperson for all the work that has gone into a coffee. They are responsible for the finishing touch that will decide what impact all this hard work is will have. Plus, baristas are responsible for customer satisfaction! Customer satisfaction can’t be beat when baristas are armed with the skills to create a consistent coffee and provide a customer with the product info of that coffee.


One of the key components of customer satisfaction is consistency.

How would you feel if you always ordered a mocha from your corner coffee shop and it was constantly changing? One day it was too sweet, the next day it wasn’t sweet at all, and the next day the coffee flavor was too strong! You might feel annoyed and walk another block to the next coffee shop.

Serving a consistent product builds brand trust between your café and potential customer, in turn building a loyal customer base. However, this type of consistency doesn’t just happen as coffee is a complex and dynamic product. Anyone looking to obtain consistency in coffee will need to dedicate a substantial amount of time to their product to be successful.

Product Knowledge

Another important variable that can set apart an okay coffee experience from a great one is product knowledge.

There are many coffee shops that have all the shiny new gear they could afford. They are meticulously curated with the most modern of décor. Maybe they even have baristas who delicately pour fancy shapes upon every almond cortado.

Have you been to this shop? Moreover, have you tasted their espresso without the benefit of an oat rosetta served in a fancy glass? Have you asked the staff where their coffee comes from or for tips on how to brew a better coffee at home?

If the espresso doesn’t taste good on its own or the barista can’t answer these questions, there will be many missed opportunities to bring people along with us on this journey we call ‘specialty coffee.’

SCA Barista Training Near Me at the RNY Lab

Now that you know how having SCA trained baristas can make all the difference, are you ready to sign up for a class at the RNY Lab? We offer both foundation level and intermediate level courses to help create a framework for this (lifelong) journey.

SCA Barista Training: Foundation

The foundation level focuses on the basics of making a consistent beverage in your café; namely, espresso. We will build upon knowledge of coffee varieties and various processing methods to guide informed menu development and recipe creation to craft consistent quality beverages. Additionally, we will learn how to brew a classic cappuccino and an americano.

SCA Barista Skills Foundation

SCA Barista Training: Intermediate

In the intermediate course, we go more in-depth. There will be a focus on grind size, dosing, tamping, brew ratio. When we learn how to taste and respond to these variables, we will understand how to optimize the coffee’s flavor, which is often referred to as ‘dialing in.’ To serve coffee at peak quality, we will work on delivering multiple beverage orders and establish best practices and orders of operation. We will also practice making orders while ‘double-barring,’ which is having two baristas on one machine.

Of course, once you or your barista all-stars are consistently constructing deliciously complex and alluring espresso, there will inevitably be more questions to ask; there always are if coffee is your true calling! Before even considering shot calibration, every throw-down-thirsty barista will probably ask about latte art. They’ll want to know more about the technique that allows them to pour magical hearts, cloves, maybe even swans! In this barista course, they’ll learn that while proper steaming optimizes the milk’s flavor, sweetness, and texture, proper pouring skills will create a visually striking drink with excellent composition. The final product will make your customers feel special and excited to share a photo with all their friends, maybe even on the GRAM.

Final Thoughts

In addition to teaching these skills, these classes allow for all levels of coffee people to experiment and ask questions in a judgment-free environment. Students are surrounded by peers who also thirst for more knowledge and SCA instructors who have dedicated their careers to learning and helping others pursue a vibrant coffee community across the world. Last, but not least, these classes will set aside time to go over some fundamentals of café health and food safety, customer service, and basic business practices to help put these skills together in a real-world café setting. 

SCA Barista Skills Intermediate

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Use the links below to sign up for our SCA Barista Skills foundation & intermediate classes. Better yet, explore all upcoming classes at the RNY Lab!

SCA Barista Skills Foundation

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