SCA brewing Skills - Professional (4 Days)

For: Career baristas, brewers and coffee professionals looking to advance their knowledge and skill in brewing


Having learnt how to chart your coffee at the Brewing Intermediate level, you're now ready to apply those skills to good use to investigate and scientifically understand a range of brewing factors.

This Professional course will look at aspects including:

  • Charting by-pass and investigating its effect on flavour

  • Investigating the effect of grind particle size

  • Understanding how to chart espresso and brew within a given extraction percentage

  • Learning how to influence the brewing parameters to hit precise extraction targets

  • Learning how to influence the brewing parameters to hit precise strength targets

  • Understanding the effect of different temperatures on coffee brewing

  • Understanding the acidity in your coffee at different points within the brewing process

  • Investigating how different water qualities have an effect on coffee brewing and flavour

  • Understanding how different holding methods for brewed coffee affect quality and flavour

  • Understanding how different degrees of roast effect the brewing process

As this is an advanced course, it is recommended that you have reasonable experience of working in this field before attempting this level.

The Professional course is structured as follows (subject to change at the discretion of the instructor):


  • Review and recap of charting brewed coffee and espresso

  • Deepen understanding and application of the Core Brewing Variables


  • Deep dive into understanding Extraction & Concentration

  • Investigating the effect of grind particle size

  • Understanding by-pass brewing and investigating it’s effects on flavour


  • Understanding and exploring acidity and acids in coffee

  • Understanding water and exploring it’s impact on coffee brewing and flavour


  • Exams



  1. It is mandatory to hold the SCA Brewing Skills - Intermediate Certification. Students are required to have all the knowledge and skills from these and may be tested on them during the practical and/or written assessments.

  2. In order to sit for the SCA Brewing Skills Professional exam, there needs to be at least a 3-month gap from the date of the Intermediate exam.

  3. Experienced coffee brewers who do not wish to take the exams are welcome to sign up for this Professional class.

  4. Learners are welcome to bring their own brewing equipment to class.

2019 course dates:

  • 10 June - 13 June

  • 22 August - 25 August

  • 16 September - 19 September

  • 31 October - 3 November


COURSE FEE: S$1,900 (including GST)

The course fee includes 1 written and 1 practical test. Any subsequent retests will be charged as follows:

  • Written retest - S$40.00

  • Practical retest - S$350.00

We require a minimum number of 2 learners to run each class. If the number of sign-ups does not meet this requirement, learners will be notified and have their class rescheduled to the next available date.

Please READ OUR BOOKING POLICY for information about rescheduling, cancellations and refunds. 

Package Pricing

If you're looking to sign up for more than one SCA course, please contact us for information on our package prices.