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Barista Basics Class

1st Degree of Espresso - Introduction

Equipment operation and the Cafe Menu Standards


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In this introductory espresso class you will get to know all the espresso equipment and accessories so you can make the beverages found in the modern Cafe Menu.

Your career as a Professional Barista starts here!

A Barista is responsible for extracting the espresso from the machine and grinder, but to do well it requires a high level of attention to detail. Through this session you will learn step-by-step what the espresso standard is and what causes extraction so you can prepare it correctly and consistently.

Learn what extraction is and how to control it so you can make perfect espresso…

The Barista must also know how to steam silky textured milk so they can prepare the Cappuccino, Latte, Flat White and all the other delicious milk based coffees on the Cafe Menu, in this lesson we will teach you the science of milk texturing so you will know exactly how to do it (but don’t worry its really simple!).

Perfect for beginners and requires no previous experience…

If you have a general interest in espresso and want to start exploring and learning how to brew it, or you want to kick start your career as a professional barista or even open a cafe then this class is for you. It is a skill-based lesson (practical) with the theory explained as your using the equipment and making coffee.

This class is ideal for;

  • A person that has never used a coffee machine and grinder before

  • Someone that’s planning to open a Cafe

  • Someone that has coffee equipment at home and wants to use it properly

  • A person that wants to know exactly what the correct steps to making espresso are

  • Someone that is unable to steam milk with silk/sheen texture consistently

  • Those that are unsure how to make all the beverages on the Cafe Menu correctly

  • An aspiring barista trainer that wants to know a tried and tested delivery method for teaching


Course content;

  • Water Saturation

  • Channeling Management

  • Espresso Standard

  • Heating Milk

  • Stretching Milk

  • Texturing Milk

  • Pouring Beverages

  • Cafe Menu Standards

  • Barista Fundamentals

  • Espresso Grinder Functions

  • Espresso Machine Functions

  • Coffee Storage & Shelf Life

  • Effective Cleaning Methods

  • Espresso Dosing Techniques

  • Grind Distribution Methods

  • Effective Tamping Procedure


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Certificate upon completion!

Training outcomes (lesson goals);

by the end of this lesson you will be able to make espresso according to the international espresso standard, keep the equipment clean, steam milk and create the 5 main beverages from the café menu according to their international standard.

Course Cost: MYR650.00

Duration: 6.5hrs (Weekday Class: 9AM to 4:30PM / Weekend Class: 10AM to 5:30PM - 1hr lunch break included)

Prerequisites (mandatory): None

Recommended (but not mandatory): Intro to Coffee

Note: This class requires a minimum registrants to go ahead. If the minimum is not met, you’ll be notified and given a choice of other dates to attend.

Why train with us?

  • You will be taught by a coffee expert (not a class room teacher) that teaches real world practices (not just theory)

  • We’ve served over 70,000,000 cups of our coffee to more than 1,400,000 happy customers at our Melbourne Cafe & Roastery

  • We’ve trained over 3000 Barista’s and have developed our own course material (most teachers just copy other teachers)

  • Our course material is up to date and current (not traditional “Italian” or “European” out of date practices)

  • The classes are designed to allow maximum interaction with the trainer so you can get personal attention (maximum 4 students per class)

  • You will be using artisan roasted coffee and be able to enjoy it just like they do in our Cafe in Melbourne (but it will be made with your own hands)

  • We don’t limit the amount of drinks you can make, you can make as many coffees as you like within the class time

Tip: sign up for the 1st & 2nd Degree Classes together in our 2 Day Barista Package at a special price - click here to find out more

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: I don’t use PayPal, is there any other way I can pay?

A: Of course! There are two options, you can use the guest check out option (see the image below) or do a bank transfer (more info below)

Q: Where are the classes held?

A: The classes are held at our micro roastery and espresso bar in Sunway Damansara Technology Park (see map below)

Q: Is lunch provided?

A: We don’t include lunch in our fee’s but you can get food close by (we’ll show you where the best eats are)

Q: Do I need to bring anything to the class?

A: You are welcome to a bring pen and paper if you like to write your own notes but everything will be provided (except lunch), including a workbook, so you don’t need to bring anything

Q: What languages are available?

A: Currently we only have classes available in English

Q: I already know how to use a coffee machine and grinder and can make all the drinks on the menu, do I need to start in this class?

A: If your already able to steam milk well, brew espresso, and pour all the drinks, we suggest you start with the 2nd Degree class

Trainer Profile

Tristan Michael Creswick

Born in Australia - Currently City: Kuala Lumpur

Bio: Tristan started working in a cafe, washing dishes, when he was 16. Not long after he was behind the coffee machine pulling shots and has spent most of his career working with coffee since. He has competed (and won) in Barista competitions, owned 2 successful cafes and a coffee roastery (Sydney), was the Operations and Training Manager for a national coffee franchise (Coffee Guru) and has been in all sorts of diverse roles in F&B and the coffee industry along the way.

His experience has caused him to recognize the benefits that education offers and so continues to learn himself and he is committed to educating others. He teaches all levels of Barista and because he still teaches the basic levels his ability and methods of delivering the training are very refined so he can take someone from zero to advanced in a very short amount of time.



Barista: 20 years +

Coffee Trainer: 12 years +

Barista Judge: 11 years +

Roaster: 10 years +



Cert IV Training & Assessment

SCA Professional Barista

SCA Intermediate Brewer

SCA Intermediate Roaster



2019 Malaysian Open Barista Competition (Judge)

2019 Malaysian Open Latte Art Competition (Judge)

2019 ASEAN Open Roast Master Competition - Vietnam (Judge)

2019 Malaysian Barista Competition (Judge)

2018 Malaysian Drip Bag Competition - Highest Scoring Coffee

2017 Malaysian Aeropress Competition (Judge)

2016 CAFFA Malaysia Latte Art Throwdown 2x Champion (1st place)

2015 WRBC Barista Comp - Australia (Judge)

2012 RASNSW Sydney Royal Fine Food -Australia (Barista)

2010 CSR Golden Bean Roaster Competition - Australia (Judge)

2009 CSR Golden Bean Roaster Competition - Australia (Judge)

2009 State of Origin Barista Comp - Australia - NSW Team (Barista)

2008 CSR Golden Bean Roaster Competition - Australia (Judge)

2008 State of Origin Barista Comp - Australia - NSW Team (Barista)

2007 ASCA Sydney Latte Art Competition Champion (1st place)

2006 CaféBiz Australian Latte Art Competition Runner up (2nd place)


Contact details;

+6012 750 1615


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"Coffee has given me so many great experiences and allowed me to travel all over the world. I’m looking forward to teaching you so that you can have the same exciting opportunities given to you.” - Tristan

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