Barista // Level 1 // Barista Foundations

Barista // Level 1 // Barista Foundations

ONA Coffee Sydney

Next Available: Sun, 18 Jun 8:00AM (AEST)
(Private Dates Available)
2 hours 30 minutes
Over 100 people have attended this class


The ONA Coffee Barista program of courses is designed to open your eyes to the world of coffee, and lift your coffee making skills to the next level.

We will equip you with the technical skills to competently operate an espresso machine. The variables are endless, however, there are three main areas to focus on that can make or break a coffee from cup to cup; Extractions, Milk Stretching & Pouring. By the end of this course, you will have a greater understanding of the correct way to perform these skills.

This course is jam packed, but it sets the foundation for accelerated learning in becoming an expert barista.

The Barista // Level 1 // Barista Foundations course is perfect for anyone that loves coffee and wants to learn how to make a great cup. No prior experience is required, however having some experience making coffee at home will get you off to a great start.

Class Outline:

  • Green-bean journey comparing Arabica vs Robusta, Washed vs Dry Process & the journey taken prior to the café
  • Introduction to the machine and grinder, safety warnings & how to achieve consistency with manual grinding & free-pouring shots
  • Analysing the correct espresso volume, time, dose, aroma, taste & colour
  • Correct dosing, distribution & tamping
  • Fundamentals of ristretto vs espresso & extractions needed for all your favourite beverages
  • Breaking down our two-stage approach of how to achieve silky milk
  • Learn how to free-pour all your coffees to get the correct depths of foam & ideal ‘canvas’.
  • Daily & weekly maintenance needed to maintain ideal machine performance

All classes are limited to 4 participants & you will receive a Certificate of Achievement at the completion of the class.  If you would like to run a group session of more than four please contact and we can arrange something special for you.  

Additional Needs:

Non - English Courses // Our courses are primarily facilitated in English, however our team may be able to arrange a private session of 2 or more in alternative languages. Please contact us at to discuss further.

ONA Coffee Trainers:

All ONA Coffee trainers are highly experienced in producing top quality coffee and are running courses designed Hugh Kelly; Australian Barista Champion 2016, 2017, 2021 

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What you will learn

  • Foundation learning to becoming a barista

What you will get

  • You will receive a Certificate of Achievement at the completion of the class.
  • Hobbyist Barista Classes are limited to four participants.

What to bring

  • Just your enthusiasm!

What to wear

Casual and closed in shoes.

Appropriate for

If you have never used an espresso machine and grinder, home baristas, or if you are unsure on fundamental espresso and milk techniques.

Sydney - ONA Coffee

(88 Reviews)

ONA Coffee Sydney is a showcase coffee bar of Australian specialty coffee roaster, ONA Coffee.

Founded in 2008 by former World Barista Champion, Saša Šestic, ONA Coffee is dedicated to sharing amazing coffees from around the world, as well as the incredible stories and experiences of the people who grow them.  We aim to transform the process of drinking coffee into an unforgettable experience.

ONA Coffee Sydney's training curriculum utilises the incredible baristas you see in store everyday to create informative and educational experiences that will lift your coffee making & tasting skills to the next level, no matter what stage you're at.

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5.0 (26 reviews)
Georgerated it
20 Feb 2023
Fantastic course. I have been making coffees at home using different machines (Silvia, Rocket) for 20 years, but was struggling with consistency and being able to dial in the perfect espresso. This course taught me the nuances of making a great coffee using the techniques of the ONA baristas. It has taken my coffee making skills, and awareness, to the next level plus some. Well worth attending.
Robertrated it
18 Feb 2023
Couldn't recommend this experience more! Perfect for those new to coffee, or those who just want a little refresher! Touching on all the terminologies of coffee, from bean origin, grind size, extraction time, all the way to maintenance of your machine! And many cups of coffee along the way! The Ona crew certainly make you feel welcome and put you at ease. Would certainly do it again! A perfect gift!
Bernardrated it
10 Feb 2023
Excellent, and the course was tailored to our interests. Definitely recommend it for the coffee lover who wants to know more about the entire process of making a coffee!
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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 2 days before class starts. An admin fee of AU$7.00 applies.
  • A transfer can be requested 2 days before the class starts. Free of charge.

No changes will be allowed after these times.

We recommend the refund upgrade option upon checkout in case you’re not able to attend the class. Learn more about refund upgrade option.

Terms & Conditions

Please allow a minimum of 48 hours' prior to course commencement to transfer or cancel your course attendance, or you will forfeit your full course and booking fee.

If you wish to transfer to another course or cancel your booking, you must contact the ONA Sydney Team via email more than 48 hours' prior to course commencement, for a course refund (please note you will forfeit the $7 booking fee!!)

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