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SCA Barista Skills Intermediate

For: Working baristas looking to deepen their competency


SCA Barista Skills Intermediate starts with deeper understanding of the coffee itself; its varieties, origins and processing methods and how they impact on flavour. It then builds on the Foundation level making sure baristas can calibrate the quantity of coffee used, grind texture, water quantity and shot time, to produce a desired espresso brew recipe.

We also begin to examine how these parameters can lead to a “balanced” espresso and make sure the barista can identify acidity, sweetness and bitterness within different parts of the espressos extraction. Milk techniques are developed with the baristas needing to produce a couple of drinks with a latte art pattern.

Learners will make a full range of drinks with quality and speed, as well as understand the basic requirements for customer service, hygiene and maintenance. 

Course Overview:

Virtual (10 am - 12.30 pm)

Practical - Day 1 (9 am - 5 pm)
Advanced Espresso Techniques
Advanced Milk Techniques

Practical - Day 2 (9 am - 4 pm)
Machine Maintenance
Guided Practice


THIS IS A BLENDED COURSE. The theory components are conducted in one session via a Zoom webinar, followed by two sessions of in-person practical class in the Academy.


 Theory (10 am - 12.30 pm)

 Practical (Day 1 - 9 am - 5 pm) / (Day 2 - 9 am - 4 pm) 

  11 October

  12 & 13 October

  22 October

  26 & 27 October

  15 November

  19 & 20 November

  11 December  

  14 & 15 December



The learning experience was enjoyable. Shaun is very experienced and has shared knowledge and points helping my with my many shortcomings, which I was not aware of perviously. Kia Lee - May 19

Funding and Subsidies

NTUC members enjoy 50% unfunded course fee support for up to $250 each year (or up to $500 for NTUC members aged 40 years old and above) when you sign up for courses supported under UTAP (Union Training Assistance Programme). Please visit e2i’s website to find out more.


For Shaun, I really appreciate your opinion and for sharing the rationale behind the content taught, not just as a barista, but in approaching the profession as a stakeholder of the cafe.

For Levina, thank you for being unbelievably friendly and open-minded in sharing barista techniques and working experiences for me to relate to.

I loved that both trainers gave constructive feedback on my practical skills and barista routines that would be transferable to the cafe workplace. Marcus Leong - Apr 19


We require a minimum number of 4 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 Terms and Conditions for information about rescheduling, cancellations and refunds.

Inclusive of

The course fee includes 1 online theory and 1 practical test.

Any subsequent retests will be charged as follows:
Online theory retest/re-enrolment - S$40.00
Practical retest - S$120.00

Students must complete the online theory test (2 attempts) within 21 days from the date of receiving the exam links. After which there will be a S$40.00 administration fee re-enrolment incurred due to the exam link expiration.

Practical Exam: 1.5 Hour time slots on designated exam days, exact date and time to be arranged and confirmed with the trainer. 

Students may also opt to not do the assessments if they choose to. There will be no SCA certification given in this case, but a certificate of completion from Bettr Barista.

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