Coffee Brewing Course / SCA

SCA Brewing

Professional brewing courses: SCA Foundation, Intermediate, and Professional. Coffee brewing classes for real coffee geeks!

The Espresso Academy's coffee brewing class aims to provide both amateurs and specialty baristas with the skills to manage various extraction techniques at the best, both in a coffee shop or in a domestic environment. The courses cover from basic concepts like strength and extraction to the use of tools like V60 and Chemex. A large part of the course is dedicated to the different cold coffee brewing methods, and even to classic methods like Turkish coffee and moka.

All courses are held in Florence, one of the most beautiful cities of Italy and are led by authorized SCA and IBC trainers.

  Courses are held in English

Risorsa 1@2x


One day. Florence -  July 19th, September 7th or October 12th 2024

A complete class, perfect for beginners barista or home coffee passionate.
The course starts with fundamental brewing concepts: ideal cup, turbulence, TDS and so on.
Subsequently, it alternates between theoretical and practical sessions on various tools: from V60 and Chemex to ibrik, moka, and various cold brew methods. Multiple practical tests aid in understanding the effects of varying grind size, extraction temperature and other variables.

Risorsa 3@3x


Two days. Florence -  September 15th and 16th 2024

Designed for baristas operating in a professional setting like a specialty coffee shop. The intermediate brewing SCA course goes deeper into using extraction charts and refractometers as practical tools for mastering strength and extraction in coffee infusion or percolation methods.

The course is predominantly hands-on, involving the extraction of various types of coffee, both commodity and specialty, with different techniques and tools

Risorsa 4@3x


Three days. Florence - June 26th, 27th and 28th 2024

Looking to reach the highest levels in coffee brewing training? This three-day intensive course leads to the SCA professional exam. Three days of testing how different water temperatures, pre-infusion, grind size, and turbulence can affect our extraction position on the Brew Control Chart.

Significant focus is given to studying water and its extraction impact, as well as measuring grind size in microns.A highly comprehensive course for those aiming for top-quality standards.


 Have you not the time for a coffee vacation in Italy?

 With our Coffee Brewing course online and video courses. with SCA certification exam you will grow your your coffee skills and knowledge without leaving your home! More info

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Why Take a Coffee Brewing Class?

Coffee brewing, whether it's filter coffee, Americano, or long coffee, has long been viewed in Italy as poor quality, akin to dirty water. However, recent years have seen a surge in appreciation for these methods. 

Techniques like cold brew, V60, and Aeropress have become increasingly popular in advanced coffee shops and among dedicated coffee lovers at home. This success can be attributed to the evolution of specialty coffee, high-quality coffee with flavors that complement these techniques. Much of our coffee brewing class is conducted using coffee scoring over 80 in technical tasting tests.

I’m a coffee passionate, can i take a coffee Extraction Class?

When we prepare coffee, we make water turn dark, intense, and rich in wonderful aromas.
This miracle is called extraction. In coffee preparation, water dissolves part of the bean's substances, about 20%. Dissolving more than this percentage results in over-extraction, likely leading to bitter and astringent notes. Dissolving less results in under-extraction, with acidic and watery coffee. Managing these parameters involves water temperature, mineral content, contact time, and other aspects, all of which are the core focus of our coffee extraction class

One Journey, One Vacation In Italy

More than a coffee course, an unforgettable vacation in Italy.

This course is part of the "One Week Coffee Course," a week-long series of coffee classes, full immersion, each day dedicated to a different area, from brewing to roasting to latte art.

The brewing course and the entire one-week experience are more than just classes: they're an adventure with a group of students from around the globe, in an engaging atmosphere of passion and experimentation, with a dash of fun.

Each course includes extra elements, tests, experiments, special guests, and curiosities.

Once the course is over? Well, we're in Florence: one of the most beautiful cities in the world, in the heart of Tuscany, Italy. Is there anything better?
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Our students say…

20:19 17 Jan 24
Fantastic course on coffee machine maintenance, learned a lot in the short amount of time the course runs. Robert is a great teacher, easy going, explains things well and answers all questions. All other staff members we met during the course were also incredibly polite and welcoming. Well worth the travel.
Andrew HenleyAndrew Henley
13:04 14 Jan 24
The course at the academy was very good. very friendly team and professional teaching.
Daniel AguadoDaniel Aguado
21:00 13 Jan 24
I would like to thank the academy for providing a qualitative formation in a time where such things are difficult to find and sadly underrated.I would also like to particularly commend Robert, our teacher, who has managed to show me in a very short amount of time a wealth of accessible and comprehensible information on a difficult subject. He is awesome, poised, didactic, knowledgeable, approachable and generally very pleasant to be around.
Amit BiswasAmit Biswas
16:33 03 Dec 23
It was fantastic 3 days of learning. It was one of the important learning experiences I had. Trainer was very professional, calm, respectful and friendly. If you are in coffee business, you must do one of their course depending on what you need. Highly recommend.
Ferdinando FerraraFerdinando Ferrara
09:47 27 Nov 23
Excellent experience, recommended to all those who want to expand their knowledge of the world of coffee. I was followed by Professor Michele Cantarella at the Castorino roasting company and here I had the opportunity to see the roasting, to taste many types of coffee, to learn the basics ofMilk art.
Tobias EngelTobias Engel
12:53 02 Nov 23
If you want to learn everything about Coffee, the way how to do your own tasty Espresso, Latte Art this is the place to go. Enthusiatic trainers, very good mix of theory and practice. I wish the team of Espresso Academy all the best and a big thank you for the 2 day's of introduction of italian coffee philosophy 🙂
Maha HamdanMaha Hamdan
09:42 28 Apr 23
I’ve been planning to follow my passion for coffee with a professional training course and I found what I was looking for at The Espresso Academy. From the start Cristiana was very helpful for planning and booking this course for me, responding promptly and making it easier for my needs. During the course Gabriele was doing his best for me to get the most of this course, he was very kind, helpful and attentive. He went above and beyond to give the best experience. It was obviously about the coffee and the passion of coffee rather than just another commercial training course. , I really enjoyed every moment and learned a lot. I also gained confidence in my knowledge and skills. Thank you Espresso Academy.
Sherly CSherly C
11:21 20 Feb 23
High quality classes offered by friendly, serious and very experienced teachers??? i loved it- i can only recommend!
Yuanshi NiYuanshi Ni
09:51 17 Feb 23
Super recommended!!! Instructor was super nice, the content was engaging , I made my first espresso & cappuccino, it was an absolutely fun experience ?
Martyna PakoszMartyna Pakosz
19:20 11 Oct 22
An excellent experience, highly recommend to someone just getting into coffee. Very calm, patient and knowledgeable teachers with whom it was only pleasure to work with. :) 10/10
Pinja ErikssonPinja Eriksson
16:42 12 Dec 21
Took the two day advanced barista course and it exceeded my expectations. Great teachers, great content, and even though it was a short course we got plenty of time to practice actual coffee making without sparing milk. And a bonus is the opportunity to meet coffee students from all over the world, that most likely share similar goals to yours. Highly recommend for anyone getting into coffee business.
Arianna BärArianna Bär
21:22 15 Feb 21
I've attended many courses at Espresso Academy Firenze and I loved it! The staff is incredibly friendly and the courses very nice structured. Theory and lots of practice and we could even visit the roastery! The whole place smells of coffee :) During the pandemic I've also attended a couple Online Courses which were great and the teacher answered all the questions. I totally recommend going there to learn about coffee and become friends with the most amazing teachers :) Hope to see you soon guys!!

Our Trainers


Simone Celli

A real barista, with many years of experience behind the counter. His blog is the most read italian coffee blog in the world! He´s a trainer for the Barista, Brewing and Latte Art courses and official LAGS certifier.

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