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The Seattle Barista Academy, located in Kent, WA, is your source for Professional Barista Training. We offer espresso training classes with hands-on experience in grinding coffee, steaming, extraction, drink fabrication, latte art, barista training with barista certification, and education materials and CDs.


Experience the best in espresso education with hands-on training using professional espresso equipment. Learn to make a latte, cappuccino, macchiato, or mocha drink from start to finish. Differentiate yourself from your competition with latte art, etching, and other coffee presentation techniques.

 

Our espresso coffee education classes and coffee consulting services are a must for the new coffee shop startup as well as for the experienced operator who wants to fine tune and update their coffee shop experience. In all of our classes we share cutting edge concepts that the elite coffee shops are currently using to grow their businesses and can make a major difference in your operational success.

 

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The food Network is airing the filming of Lorrie Mahieu, Seattle Barista Instructor/Barista, on January 1st at 11:30 PM (Eastern/Pacific). We urge you to check it out. Can't catch it then? Check back on January 2nd at 2:30 AM (Eastern/Pacific) or January 18th at 9:00 PM (Eastern/Pacific). The show is "Unwrapped" and the topic is Black and White. Lorrie demonstrates how to pour latte art.   Read More...

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Seattle Barista Academy baristas were instrumental in the fabrication of coffee art for the 30 second ad highlighting the product: 'Commit', a lozenge that tastes like a cappuccino espresso.

  

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Philip Search, the director of Barista training at the Seattle Barista Academy acted as a consultant for the new coffee exhibit at the Burke Museum in Seattle, Washington.   

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Lorrie McCullaugh from the Seattle Barista Academy is interviewed and filmed for an upcomming segment from the Food Network show "Unwrapped". The show highlights 'latte art' and Lorrie instructs a student on how to make several basic images including the heart and rosetta.   


Ten Reasons why the new coffee shop owner should attend the Seattle Barista Academy

  1. Because you - the most valuable asset in your business – need to invest in your Coffee knowledge and skill - to be a successful coffee shop owner.

  2. Because we know that our graduates save and earn up to $60,000 more the first year after attending the Academy.

  3. Because whether you are a coffee shop owner, manager, or barista you want to maximize and grow sales and business profits.

  4. Because to learn from the successes and mistakes of others is less expensive in the long run than learning at your own expense.

  5. Because you want to enhance your overall coffee experience and that of your customers.

  6. Because by gaining knowledge through hands on training at the SBA you will build loyal customers and staff.

  7. Because you want to create the best service for you customers.

  8. Because our Seattle Barista Graduates consistently give our training five star ratings.

  9. Because coming to Seattle - the Coffee Capital of the United States - to train and to experience the coffee culture is like going to Paris to see the art or Holland to see the flowers….simply wonderful.

  10. Because we are so convinced that you will by happy with your training at the Seattle Barista Academy that if you are not - your money will be refunded in full. How’s that for confidence in our educational product.

Certified Professional Courses

Seattle's Best Coffee Shops and Roaster Tour by one of Seattle Barista Academy's top coffee Guru's Experience Seattle's coffee culture
Through the eyes of a seasoned barista and latte Art competitor with this three hour tour of Seattle Best most renown coffee houses and roasters presented by Seattle Barista Academy. Gain new insights into how and why the drinks are so amazing, see latte' Art at it's best, taste signature drinks from each shop as well as traditional Italian cappuccino's, Latte's and roasters best espresso shots. Gain a new appreciation for the psychology of the different bar layouts, see cutting edge equipment and the most seasoned and well trained barista's presenting there coffee as an art form. You will be picked up at the park and ride on Mercer Island and transported to and from some of Seattle best coffee shops and roasters. So sit back and sip your coffee enjoying your three hour delight.
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90 Minute Barista Class Of Your Choice: Home Brewing ( 9-10:30am) or Ideal Espresso Shot (11-12:30pm)
Dialing in the Grinder for the Best Espresso Extraction. This course covers the fundamentals and basics of pulling excellent espresso shots. Improve your skill set and learn how to get the best quality espresso from your espresso machine and grinder with instruction on: bean grinding, grind adjustment, dosing and distribution, leveling, tamping, extraction and profiling, espresso theory, and the troubleshooting of common mistakes and problems that can occur when making espresso. If you’ve ever wondered why your espresso shots are beautiful one minute and then the next minute are pulling slow and tasting bitter, or come out fast and watery with no flavor, or doesn’t even extract at all, then this is the class that will help you gain command of all of the variables that effect espresso extraction - allowing you to pull a consistent shot each and every time you use your machine.

Master your home brewing skills with the French press, Pour-over, and Siphon brewing. If you’ve ever bought a pound of coffee from your favorite coffee roaster and wondered why it doesn’t tastes the same at home as it does at the cafe, then this class is for you! In this lesson you will discover how to brew your favorite coffees at home using tips and tricks the professionals use in all the popular cafes. Topics include: using the right water, the relationship between the grind and the brewing method utilized, choosing the right coffee, and a hands-on demonstration of several popular home-brewing methods. You will also get to experience several single origin coffees and experience the different tastes and flavors specific to each coffees unique growing region, farm, and harvest methods.
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Barista Fundamentals, Gaining Command of the Variables - 2 day .
This course covers the fundamentals including cupping and palate development; seed to cup chain; bean grinding; milk theory and milk steaming; espresso theory; extraction and profiling; and the basics of equipment maintenance; as well as work flow/ergonomics coupled with a visit to a coffee shop to observe and see in action what has been learned in the training. For pricing and registration .
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Barista Fundamentals plus Drink Building Package - 3 day
This course continues to build on skills learned in days one and two and introduces hot and cold espresso beverage preparation and presentation including latte art and etching.
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Barista Fundamentals plus Development of the coffee house menu: brewed coffee, tea, and other beverages - 4 day
This course continues the skills building of days one through three and also includes brewed coffee and whole bean sales; tea tasting and brewing; menu building and the psychology of its development; information about coffee roasting, profiles, and sourcing; and creating signature beverages.
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Barista Fundamentals plus Drink building and Coffee Business Consulting Package - 5 day
The new coffee shop owner will find this training indispensable! This course offers all of the above plus a full day of business consultation covering staffing issues (e.g. hiring, training), development or review of your business plan and concept review, and methods of marketing (creating a satisfied and happy customer).
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Weekend Fundamentals Class
This course is an intensified weekend course covering Barista Fundamentals, Drink building, and Latte art. The class is limited to five people to ensure a quality experience.
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Corporate Training Course: Corporate Excellence Program
This two to three day customized structured program is tailored to focus on the specific needs of the individual corporate client and provides real hands on knowledge of the espresso coffee market. The course encompasses the basics of fundamental barista training with a focus on how each corporation’s supplies and products are used, perceived, and influenced by each tier of the espresso coffee industry.


Take this program to:
a. Be able to communicate clearly to your clients using industry specific terminology
b. Better understand the specific needs of your clients and the realities of the current coffee market
c. Promote team building within your corporation
d. Learn the fundamental barista skills necessary to demonstrate a knowledge of espresso preparation to your clients
e. Create an environment for the development of better and more focused products


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Home Barista Courses
- Home Brewing Skills: Master your home brewing skills with the French press, Pour-over, and Siphon brewing.
If you’ve ever bought a pound of coffee from your favorite coffee roaster and wondered why it doesn’t tastes the same at home as it does at the cafe, then this class is for you! In this lesson you will discover how to brew your favorite coffees at home using tips and tricks the professionals use in all the popular cafes. Topics include: using the right water, the relationship between the grind and the brewing method utilized, choosing the right coffee, and a hands-on demonstration of several popular home-brewing methods. You will also get to experience several single origin coffees and experience the different tastes and flavors specific to each coffees unique growing region, farm, and harvest methods.
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- Ideal Espresso Shot: Dialing in the Grinder for the Best Espresso Extraction.
This course covers the fundamentals and basics of pulling excellent espresso shots. Improve your skill set and learn how to get the best quality espresso from your espresso machine and grinder with instruction on: bean grinding, grind adjustment, dosing and distribution, leveling, tamping, extraction and profiling, espresso theory, and the troubleshooting of common mistakes and problems that can occur when making espresso. If you’ve ever wondered why your espresso shots are beautiful one minute and then the next minute are pulling slow and tasting bitter, or come out fast and watery with no flavor, or doesn’t even extract at all, then this is the class that will help you gain command of all of the variables that effect espresso extraction - allowing you to pull a consistent shot each and every time you use your machine.
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- Milk Steaming & Latte Art
Master the fundamentals of pouring a heart, rosetta, or your ‘special art form’ to take home and practice! This class is designed for beginning and intermediate baristas wishing to gain more control of their skill set with milk theory and steaming for ideal beverage presentation. Learn how the professional baristas consistently steam their milk based on the beverages being prepared and uniformly pour delightful art into lattes, mochas, and cappuccinos. Gain an understanding of milk theory and steaming for ideal beverage presentation.
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Home Barista: Coffee Preparation
In this 3 hour course, you will discover how to get the best flavors out of your purchased coffee and brew. Topics include: using the right water, the relationship between the grind and the brewing method, cupping (i.e. tasting) for beginners, choosing the right coffee, and a hands-on demonstration of several popular home brewing methods.
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Home Barista Course: Espresso Extraction, Milk Steaming and Latte Art
You've taken the first step and purchased a home espresso machine. You've talked with the baristas at your local coffee shop, done research online, and found an espresso blend you really like. Now you have your friends over for dinner, and you're about to wow them with some wonderful espresso shots. But instead of great espresso, the shots you are pulling don't taste nearly as good as the ones you remember having at the coffee shop. What to do? In this 3 hour course, you will learn the basics of espresso and espresso extraction. Topics include: how to extract espresso and diagnose taste problems, how to steam milk properly with tips and recipes for competition quality espresso beverages, and machine maintenance. The course offers a hands-on experience using several popular home machines and grinders.
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Training and Consulting

Training at Your Location

The Seattle Barista Academy offers on site customized training programs for the new coffee shop owner. These programs can be tailored for training you and your staff in:

  • Professional barista techniques and drink building to ensure that all your drinks are presented to your customers with consistent high quality.

  • Customer service methods that will delight your patrons and set your store apart from your competition.

  • Work flow efficiency and order processing to maximize sales.

  • Opening and Closing procedures to ensure that your shop is always looking good and ready for the next morning.

  • Vender management, inventory control and cash management to enhance profitability.

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Custom Consulting Packages


Our consulting packages are designed to give you the tools you need to fit with your individual business needs. The Seattle Barista Academy customizes coffee consulting for your long term success. We work to give your business the knowledge and skills necessary to enjoy a profitable, and exciting place in the coffee industry.

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What are customers saying about us?...

The overall experience was fantastic. There was lots of hands on experience with the instructors. The explanations, charts, and diagrams were very helpful. I would definitely recommend this course to my peers. ………Home Espresso Barista Training Program…..Joyce Lam

 


 

 

What motivated me to take the course is that I wanted to learn how to get better shots from my home espresso machine. I would rate the overall experience as great. I greatly benefited from the instruction. After completing the course my skills aren’t perfect yet, but now I know what I need to work on. The instructor was very personable and I felt very comfortable in asking questions and requesting help. This is a course I would definitely recommend………Travis Miller

 


 

 

I attended because of my desire to better my espresso and latte art and to take my skills to the next level. The course was great…lots of hands on practice…..and there was individual feedback on color, composition, and espresso taste from the experts. This is exactly what I was looking for in for….its hard to find that kind of experience/feedback
Stephanie Stone

 


 


 

 

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I wanted to thank you and your staff for the wonderful experience I had taking your 5 day Barista course! 
Entering into the course with no experience or knowledge of the coffee world, I was quite nervous, and worried that I wouldn't "get it", but after the first day with Sauro I felt very much at ease. The information you taught was easy to understand and Sauro was so patient with me while learning the hands on portion that I felt very comfortable but more importantly, he allowed me to feel that I was capable.
I just wanted to reach out to you, and express my gratitude and tell you how happy I am that I chose Seattle Barista Academy for my training. I would recommend your school to anyone I knew who wanted the type of quality training that you provided to me.
 
I now feel that I have all of the necessary tools to move forward into my new business and become a successful coffee shop owner!
 
If you are ever on the east coast, please come check out my shop and see for yourself the results of the training that you provided me with!
 
Take care and hope to see you again:)
 
Sincerely,  -
Liz Cellucci