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Specialty Coffee Association

Introduction to Coffee

Coffee Appreciation

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Start your coffee journey the right way by learning about the origins of coffee and how the world appreciates coffee origins in the modern day. This class takes you on a journey from coffee’s humble beginnings in Ethiopia to the major commodity it is today, a source of livelihood for many farmers and a morning ritual enjoyed by millions around the world!

Are you passionate about coffee and want to learn more?

From farming the cherries through picking, drying, roasting, brewing and finally drinking, this module looks at the many stages coffee goes through in its production.

All levels welcome!

After coffee on arrival (of course!), this class starts with an interactive presentation and cupping session (how professionals taste coffee), followed by coffee brewing activities guided by our experts. The class will wind down with a Q&A, career pathway guide, and an exam for those that wish to kick start their career.

You will be guided by our experts to brew your own coffee!

The Introduction to Coffee class is designed for anyone with a general interest in the world’s favorite beverage or for the aspiring professional that wants strong foundations.

This class is ideal for;

  • Anyone with a general interest in coffee that wants to learn more and explore

  • Someone thinking about opening a Cafe or Coffee Shop

  • Someone that’s interested in starting a new career

  • A person that is passionate about coffee and wants to try making it

  • Anyone looking for a new hobby

  • Someone that likes cooking and or preparing specialty beverages

  • An aspiring barista trainer that wants to know how to run a Coffee Appreciation Class

Course content;

  • Coffee Legend

  • Historical Facts

  • Plant Agriculture

  • Growing Regions

  • Harvesting

  • Processing Methods

  • Coffee Roasting

  • Brewing Methods

  • Brewing Variables

  • Analysis Methods

  • Classification

  • Consumption Trends

  • Barista Objectives

  • Career Pathways


Training outcomes;

By the end of this lesson you will know the coffee production process, have a basic understanding of how to brew and analyze it, and have an awakened palate and new level of appreciation for coffee.

Course Cost: MYR250.00

SCA Exam & Certificate Fee: MYR350.00 (optional add on)

Duration: 3 hours (+ 30 mins if your taking the SCA exam)

Note: This class requires 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)

  • You will be using artisan roasted coffee and be able to enjoy it just like they do in our Cafe in Melbourne

SCA Certification


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.

We’re here to help you develop your passion and sharpen your skills!



(add this to your cart choosing course date if you want the internationally accredited certificate by SCA)

Pass Exams. Get Certified. Grow Your Coffee Career!

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Do I need to do the SCA exam?

A: No, not at all! This is a purely optional extra. This class is the significant of a “Coffee Appreciation” class and is a stand alone class suitable for anyone that wants to explore coffee further. The SCA exam is just for those that decide they would like to pursue a career in coffee.

Q: Can I book without the exam and add it later if I change my mind?

A: Absolutely! If you decide you want the accreditation you can pay for it in the class.

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: Can I arrive and pay on the day?

A: Unfortunately not. Please book and pay prior to the event.

If you would prefer to pay via bank transfer please email a copy of the remittance advise and your preferred class date. Here’s our bank details;

Bank details;

CIMB 8007-827-375


If you’re not a Paypal user you can simply use the guest check out option by selecting here —>

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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Cottle Coffee Academy Booking Policy

Please choose your dates carefully. All sales are final. Course fees are non-refundable. Last minute changes are NOT POSSIBLE. To change the date of your booking we require a minimum of 1 week notice (7 days) via email to . For date changes an admin fee of MYR40.00 will be charged (unless the min pax is not met for the class to go ahead, in this case the date change is totally free). If you are unable to attend another person can take your place in the class (so you can sell your ticket) and there is no admin fee for that.