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4th Degree of Espresso - Professional

SCA Barista Professional Level

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This class is for those that aspire to go above and beyond the standard work of a Barista. It is designed to prepare you to manage an espresso bar, create menus and oversee cost of goods, and lead a team of baristas. We will also be learning advanced equipment maintenance techniques as well as how to replace wear and tare parts of coffee machines and grinders.

Put your skills and knowledge to the test and get qualified!

Your skills and knowledge will be put to the test so you can get recognized for your detailed knowledge of the science and art to making espresso based beverages. It is for advanced students only, successful applicants should have a detailed understanding of their ingredients and the techniques available to maximize the quality of the drinks made.


This class is ideal for;

  • A Barista that has been working for 3 month or more and wants to learn the science of espresso extraction

  • Someone interested in sensory development for espresso

  • A Barista that wants the SCA Coffee Diploma

  • Someone that wants to know how to maintain coffee equipment

  • Anyone that wants to know how to use a refractometer and the SCA extraction standards

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


Course content

  • Define & Describe Origin Characteristics

  • Organic Acids in Coffee

  • Cupping Triangulation

  • Decaf Processing

  • Identifying CO2 Level

  • Advanced Packaging & Storage

  • Workspace Management

  • Flat Burr Grinder Pros & Cons

  • Conical Burr Grinder Pros & Cons

  • Tamp & Distribution Tools

  • Advanced Grind Size Analysis

  • Pressure & Flowrate Effects

  • Water Temperature Effects

  • Objective Analysis

  • Milk Processing Methods

  • Troubleshooting Foam

  • Drinks Preparation Efficiency

  • Cost of Goods Sold Analysis

  • Hygiene Standards

  • Customer Service Reporting

  • Complaint & Feedback Management

  • Grinder Burr Servicing

  • Screen and Gasket Servicing

  • Water Filter Servicing

  • Water Mineral Effects on Brewing

  • Team Management

  • Sensory Development

  • Creating & Implementing SO


Training outcomes

lesson goals

By the end of this lesson you will be able to calibrate / dial in espresso extraction to SCA standards, program coffee equipment, identify under-extraction and over-extraction by tasting it, be able to use a refractometer and calculate extraction using coffee algebra, and pour the Latte Art patterns Tulip and Rosetta.

Course Cost: MYR 3,500.00

(early bird price: MYR 2,900 - available for bookings 4 weeks in advance)

SCA Certification Cost: USD 365.00 (included)

Duration: 3 x 6.5hr Days with a 1hr lunch break each day

(Weekday Classes: 9AM to 4:30PM / Weekend Classes: 10AM to 5:30PM)

Prerequisites (mandatory): SCA Intermediate Barista Certificate (dated at least 3 months prior to this course)

Recommended (but not mandatory): Introduction to Specialty Coffee, 1st Degree & 2nd Degree

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 over 12+ years (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)


Internationally Accredited and 25 points towards Diploma

SCA Professional Barista Certificate


The Coffee Skills Program (CSP) was built by the Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) to create a structured learning pathway with specific qualification levels. Specialty coffee is a diverse industry with loads of opportunity. The CSP allows you to choose the education path that suits your interests and needs.


How it works - 6 modules. 3 Levels. 1 Diploma.

Pass Exams. Get Certified. Grow Your Coffee Career!

The CSP consists of six different modules: Introduction to Coffee, which only has one level, and five specialist modules: Barista Skills, Brewing, Green Coffee, Roasting and Sensory Skills. Each of the specialist modules is available at three different levels, with points attached at every stage. You may choose the modules that fit your interests and needs. Once you have achieved 100 points, you will be awarded the SCA Coffee Skills Diploma.


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: Is the SCA exam and certificate fee included in the price?

A: Yes - it is!

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


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 popular cafes and a coffee roastery, was the Operations and Training Manager for a national coffee franchise 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 results that education can bring so he continues to be a scholar himself and has made a committed to educating others. He teaches all levels of Barista and unlike most trainers he still keeps very active teaching the basic levels so his ability and methods of delivering training are very refined and he can take someone from zero skill/knowledge 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 IFBA Barista Championship (Malaysia) - Sensory Judge

2019 Black Horse Latte Art Master Championship (Malaysia) - Visual Judge

2019 Cambodia National Barista Championship - Sensory & Technical Judge

2019 Malaysian Open Barista Championship - Sensory Judge

2019 Malaysian Open Latte Art Championship - Visual Judge

2019 ASEAN Open Roast Master Championship (Vietnam) - Sensory Judge

2019 Malaysian National Barista Championship - Sensory Judge

2018 Malaysian Drip Bag Championship - Highest Scoring Coffee

2017 Malaysian National Aeropress Championship - Sensory Judge

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

2015 Worlds Richest Barista Championship (Australia) - Sensory Judge

2012 RAS NSW Royal Fine Food (Australia) - Barista

2010 Golden Bean Roaster Championship (Australia) - Sensory Judge

2009 Golden Bean Roaster Championship (Australia) - Sensory Judge

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

2008 Golden Bean Roaster Championship (Australia) - Sensory Judge

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

2007 ASCA Sydney Latte Art Championship - Champion (1st place)

2006 CaféBiz National Latte Art Comp (Australia) - Runner up (2nd place)


Contact details;

+6012 750 1615 - WhatsApp

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"Coffee has given me so many great experiences, introduced me to some of the most amazing people, 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.” - Tristan

Group bookings are absolutely welcome. We can run a private class for you and your team. Please fill out this quick form and we’ll prepare a quote for you!

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