3 Day SCAE Coffee Diploma System Package


The Speciality Coffee Association of Europe (SCAE) sits at the very heart of the coffee community, where thousands of coffee professionals and enthusiasts can share their wealth of knowledge and experience with one another.

The SCAE Coffee Diploma System is a certified system that aims to inspire coffee excellence through education, research and most importantly, communication. This is the SCAE's vision to take speciality coffee out to the world, to educate consumers on this most fascinating beverage for the benefit of every level in the supply chain, whilst helping to ensure the long-term sustainability of the coffee industry.

The SCAE Coffee Diploma System has three levels of certifications (Foundation, Intermediate and Professional) in six subject models. Each time a subject module is completed and certification is passed successfully, credits are accumulated. In order to obtain the full Coffee Diploma, 100 points are needed.

The Australian Coffee Academy's Head Trainer and Director, Brian Raslan, is qualified to teach three of the six modules of the diploma at foundation level, right here in Adelaide! The three modules on offer are Introduction to Coffee, Barista Skills Foundation and Brewing Foundation, all including an assessment component which consists of a practical and written exam. Students must obtain at least 60% in this formal assessment to pass the module.

These modules of the SCAE Coffee Diploma System are offered as a three day course at the Australian Coffee Academy. Please see below for further descriptions of each day, as well as available upcoming dates.

If the upcoming dates below do not work for you and you are interested in completing this course, please Contact Us and we will see what we can do.


Day 1: Introduction to Coffee (with assessment)

Introduction to Coffee is an ideal module for anyone who is new to the coffee industry or just has an interest in this wonderful drink. It charts coffee’s journey from its origins in Ethiopia to the major commodity it is today, enjoyed by millions of people around the world. From farming the cherries through drying, roasting, brewing and finally drinking, this module looks at the processes coffee goes through. This half day course also includes a “coffee cupping” which allows you to taste the various flavours coffee has to offer.

Introduction to Coffee is a 5 hour class from 9:00am - 2:00pm on Wednesday 23 August. 


Day 2: Barista Skills Foundation (with assessment)

Barista Skills is for people focussing on the key skills required to set your grinder, make espresso and foam and texture milk for cappuccinos. This module allows you to gain a deeper understanding of the coffee itself and build on your practical skills for milk technique and latte art, not to mention health and safety, customer service and basic business.

Barista Skills Foundation is a full day class from 9:00am - 4:00pm on Thursday 24 August. 


Day 3: Brewing Foundation (with assessment)

The study of Brewing introduces you to the different ways of brewing coffee, from Chemex and siphon to clever dripper and French press. In addition, this module allows you to get hands-on and learn to analyse your grind profile, match your grind to your brewing method and to scientifically measure coffee strength and chart a coffee’s extraction.

Brewing Foundation is a full day class from 9:00am - 4:00pm on Friday 25 August.

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What you will learn

  • Introduction to Coffee (with assessment)
  • Barista Skills Foundation (with assessment)
  • Brewing Foundation (with assessment)

What to bring

  • Just your interest to learn!

What to wear

Casual with closed shoes

The Australian Coffee Academy (previously known as the SA Coffee Academy) is Adelaide’s leading facility for professional barista training and coffee courses. Originally located on Rundle Street in Kent Town, the SA Coffee Academy was established back in 2003 by Tourism and Training South Australia (TTSA). Brian Raslan came on board with the Academy and ran his first course in late 2003. However, in September 2005, the Government of South Australia took a new direction by launching a coffee school at the Regency TAFE campus, resulting in the closure of the Academy.

Brian saw the opportunity in continuing the SA Coffee Academy brand, and took over the business and continued to offer professional barista training from 2005 onwards. The Academy was firstly relocated to a space in Flinders Street, Adelaide, before finding it’s permanent home on Gawler Place in 2006.

From this time on, Brian has set an industry standard in coffee training in Adelaide and around the country, successfully running small classes in Espresso Coffee Making, Coffee Art and more. In 2017 the SA Coffee Academy officially transitioned to the Australian Coffee Academy as the business broadens its horizons for endless possibilities in the coffee industry in Australia.

With a commitment to sharing passion and knowledge for coffee and the Adelaide hospitality scene, Brian and his industry trainers take pride in delivering small, hands-on classes with a focus on current industry trends to ensure each student goes home feeling confident in their coffee skills and techniques.

Whether you are new to the industry and want to enter at a high-skill level, are currently employed and wish to improve on your existing skills, are a home user or simply want to learn more about the world of coffee, we have the course for you!

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Refund Policy

Cancellations made less than 7 days prior to the course will be refunded 50% of the course payment received. Cancellations made within 24 hours of the course are non-refundable

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Terms & Conditions

Students partaking in any courses at the Australian Coffee Academy or organised by the Australian Coffee Academy must agree to the following terms and conditions. The Australian Coffee Academy reserves the right to cancel or change the date and time of any course and refund payment at any time. 

The Australian Coffee Academy is not responsible for filling a position in any course if you are unable to attend due to any circumstances. However, you are able to send a substitute to any course in your place if you wish, as long as you have informed the Australian Coffee Academy of this change prior to the event and provide the name of the substitute attendee. 

Transfers to the same course run by the Australian Coffee Academy on a different date are allowed if there are positions left in the course and the course is the same price. 

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