SCA Water & Preventative Maintenance - Foundation

SCA Water & Preventative Maintenance - Foundation

2 Day course for aspiring coffee technicians


Water and Preventive Maintenance Foundation is a 2 day introductory course which covers key concepts of water treatment systems and preventive maintenance of coffee machines, as well as certain practical skills required to safely apply this knowledge.

At the end of the course, the student will be able to:

● Identify typical components and describe the function of common water treatment systems.

● Define key water parameters and describe their potential effects on equipment function.

● List water quality recommendations.

● Describe expected effects of common water treatment methods on water quality.

● Demonstrate measurement of incoming water to determine composition.

● Demonstrate common steps for maintaining a water treatment system.

● Identify typical wear components in a traditional espresso machine, batch brewer, and coffee grinder.

● Describe the goals of a preventive maintenance program.

● List the tools and supplies needed to perform preventive maintenance on coffee equipment.

● Demonstrate simple preventive maintenance steps for a traditional espresso machine, batch brewer, and coffee grinder.

Students who successfully complete the practical and online written exams will earn credit towards SCA Skills Diplomas.

Note:  This course does not provide electrical or plumbing certifications.

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What you will learn

  • Basic skills for managing a preventative maintenance program for coffee equipment.

What you will get

  • Students who successfully complete the exams earn credit towards the SCA Skills Diplomas.
Parking Info

Onsite parking is available, or catch the route 1 or route 6 tram to the corner of Holmes St & Moreland Rd.

What to bring

  • Please bring a pen.

What to wear

Comfortable clothing and closed shoes.

Appropriate for

Aspiring coffee technicians.

Genovese Coffee

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Genovese Coffee has been in coffee for 3 generations, and we have over 60 years of experience.

We offer a range of courses to suit new or experienced baristas, as well as those who want to improve their home espresso.  All of our courses have practical, detailed theory, as well as activities so you can apply your skills during the course.

Our courses are led by award winning, highly experienced, and internationally certified professionals who make it easy for you to understand coffee in our certified SCA Premier Training Campus, with state of the art espresso, brewing, and roasting equipment, located close to Melbourne’s CBD.

For those wanting to take their coffee career to the next level, we also offer the world’s only internationally recognised coffee education program – The Specialty Coffee Association Coffee Skills Program, including Roasting; Sensory Skills; Green Coffee; Barista Skills; and Brewing.

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Your Teacher

Simon James has over 24 years experience in the coffee industry as a barista, cafe manager, and trainer, and has been an Authorised SCA Trainer since 2015.  He has been a lead instructor at SCAE and SCA Barista Camps in Europe and Asia, and was the Lead Content Creator for the SCA Coffee Skills Program Brewing curriculum.

Comprehensive presentations and workbooks are carefully created to cater for people of different learning abilities, and from different cultures.

Classes are small so that all students get the attention they need to understand the theory and practical skills.

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Cancellations & Refunds

If the organiser cancels the class:

You are entitled to a full refund.

If you can't attend the class:

You’re welcome to send someone in your place.


  • A refund can be requested 14 days before class starts. An admin fee of AU$20.00 applies.
  • A transfer can be requested anytime before the class starts. Free of charge.

No changes will be allowed after these times.

Terms & Conditions

We appreciate your choice of Genovese Coffee for your coffee education, and our course pricing reflects the following:

  • The quality of the training provided.
  • Pre-class preparation.
  • The quality of the equipment & the cost of materials used.
  • Small class sizes.
  • The ongoing development of our trainers.

Once your booking is confirmed and your payment is cleared, we begin the process of preparing your class.  Although we understand events or illness may require that you reschedule or cancel your booking, our refund and rescheduling policy reflects the costs incurred in the preparation of the scheduled class.

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