Barista Basics Learning Journal Assignment

Barista Basics Mk1 - 3hrs (Newcastle)

Barista Basics is $120 and is 3 hours in duration.

It is a 3-hour barista experience that actually teaches you how to identify all the key variables that go into making espresso-based coffee then moves on to instruct you on putting all of those variables together at speed to make excellent finished coffees.

We are located at Level 2, 376 Hunter St, Newcastle (opp new law courts)

The key variables that go into making espresso-based coffee:

  • Amongst other things;
  • using fresh coffee
  • using the right amount of coffee
  • using the right particle size (grind of the coffee)
  • using the right group handle
  • tamping correctly
  • having the right programming on the volumetric keypads on the espresso machine, therefore getting the right volume of espresso
  • using the correct drinking vessel to pour
  • using the correct milk texturing techniques
  • executing the pour properly and promptly after extracting the espresso
  • presenting the finished coffees properly
  • using a clean espresso machine/grinder with the right temperature and pressure

Barista Basics has evolved over the last 5 years. What started as a "learn to froth, adjust the grind and make coffee" course has now extended well beyond that into a power session that combines cutting-edge barista techniques with expert knowledge and advice.

Our aim is simple: to teach espresso using the national framework whilst maintaining the Italian espresso roots.

Whether you are looking for an immediate job or simply searching for espresso excellence, this course is for you. We have developed this course in conjunction with representatives from the coffee industry as well as representatives from educational bodies such as TAFE. 

Press play below to hear Matt Gee discuss more about Barista Basics

What Barista Basics is:

  • intensive and hands-on
  • jam-packed with information
  • an “experience”
  • a package integrating training and knowledge which culminates in a nationally recognised certificate
  • a course conducted by some of the finest talent in the espresso industry today

What Barista Basics is not:

  • a cruisy, froth-and-giggle course that merely scratches the surface on only the basics (you will find plenty of CBD coffee school starter courses that specialise in that)

Other information:

Who the course will appeal to

More than just the basics, this course is designed for the following people:

  • people who have no experience yet need firstly a skill and secondly a government-accredited barista certificate to help them get a job
  • people who have used an espresso machine previously but who lack proper instruction on the finer aspects of making coffee
  • people who love coffee and want to learn more about it (including how it is grown, cultivated, roasted and blended) and
  • people who want to know why most coffees they buy are terrible yet some are fantastic. In other words - what are the true secrets to being a gun barista?

What you will get upon completion

RTO Statement of Attainment
As well as essential skills, BARISTA BASICS™ will also provide you with a certificate bearing the unit of competency codes and names SITHFAB005 Prepare and serve espresso coffee and SITXFSA001 Use hygienic practices for food safety.
Barista Basics Certificate
Barista Basics certificates have helped baristas around the world find employment. This is attained when you complete Barista Basics.
How to Make Every Coffee on a Coffee Menu movie
All the coffees on the coffee menu are demonstrated on the movie, so you can go straight home and recap what you have practiced in the course.

Written Coffee Menu
A written coffee menu listing the ingredients of all of the major coffee drinks will also be handed to students during the class.
Ebook: How to Get a Job as a Barista
Through their experience of owning and operating four espresso bars, Barista Basics Coffee Academy owners David Gee and Matthew Gee have put together an invaluable guide to getting a job as a barista. Their ebook contains the following:

  1. How to get a job as a barista
  2. More specific tips on creating a resume
  3. Interview Tips
  4. Example of Cover Letter
  5. Example of Resume
  6. Keeping your job as a Barista
  7. A final word on being a barista

You will get this upon enrolling in Barista Basics.
Access to our job websites and ongoing education websites
David and Matthew Gee have created some of the hottest job and social networking sites in the world. Learn more about them and how to get access to them in the class.

One to Four Instructors

One to four instructors are present, depending on class size, at all courses to provide feedback to students and to oversee their operation of the espresso machine.

No “lining up” to wait for machines

We use 3 group and 2 group Italian espresso machines that have at least two groups steam wands and are designed for at least two operators. This means that everybody gets their own equipment to use and there is no sharing with anyone else in the class. Barista Basics therefore offers a level of practical experience that is unrivalled by any other coffee school.


We are in the heart of Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane CBDs:

Suite 15, Level 10, The Dymocks Building, 428 George Street, Sydney 
(near Town Hall train station - between The Strand Arcade and Myer).

Shop 3A, Level 1 (top level), Paramount Retail Centre, 108 Bourke St, Melbourne CBD 
(Chinatown end of Bourke St. Closest cross street is Exhibition St).

Ground Floor Suite 3, Ladhope Chambers, 131 Wickham Terrace, Spring Hill (just behind Central train station).

Level 2, 376 Hunter St, Newcastle (opp new law courts)

Cancellation Policy

We are unable to refund monies for students who do not turn up for coffee  classes or decide at a later date after booking that that they do not want to attend. Changes to class times are allowed, but not within 48 hours of the class commencing.

Students With Special Needs

Please discuss any health issues which may affect your training and assessment with the instructor prior to attending. Candidates with special needs are advised to email prior to booking so that reasonable adjustments to training and assessment can be contemplated.

Customer Feedback

In an effort to continually improve our services and use the most updated training methods, we encourage feedback.We will email a feedback form for you to fill out after your course is complete. Feedback is also welcome at or by calling us on 1300 366 218.

Access to Student Records

Students or past students may inspect their own files under supervision by arrangement with CBD College. If a student wishes to inspect his/her own file, they may apply in writing to CBD College for permission to do so, stating the reasons for the request. Information can only be supplied to the student, not another person, unless the student has given written permission which can be verified.


Our trainers are all effective communicators with qualifications as set down by the Australian Government as well as experienced baristas. Methods of training will include oral delivery, use of powerpoint presentations run on LCD screen TVs incorporating video footage, “live” practical demonstrations by trainers and one-on-one interaction by trainers with students using the espresso machine.


Students will be assessed by trainers with the relevant qualifications as set down by the Australian Government. This assessment will take the form of direct observation of practical tasks and written questioning which will take place through online learning which students must compelte prior to attending class.

Course dates Barista Basics Mk1 - 3hrs Newcastle (NSW)

By Jade Jennings, National Training & Development Manager

For as long as I can remember, I’ve had baristas asking if they get a certificate for completing one of our barista courses. My heart sinks a little every time, because to those in the industry, we know these certificates don’t really mean much because you can’t simply just ‘become’ a barista after a three hour course. For those wanting to enter into the industry, I can understand why they want this assurance. They want to be able to prove to their potential employer and that they’ve been trained and worth taking a risk on.

We need to change our perception on entering the coffee industry as a barista and start seeing it as an apprenticeship, rather than a tick the box exercise.  It’s all about experience!

We, of course, will facilitate the learning in our sessions and set you on the right track to making better coffee, but ultimately, it’s up to YOU and how much you’re willing to put in that will get you the result you want, a job in the most amazing industry there is!

What we want to do is provide a place for these baristas to gain the education they need to feel confident to step behind the machine and make coffee in an interview situation, or better yet, step into a team and work seamlessly behind the bar pumping out coffees.

So, we created our Barista Building Blocks.


Like any structure that needs to stand the test of time, you need a strong foundation – for us, this is our ‘Introduction to Espresso’ class. This covers everything you need to know about making coffee, including:

  • Controllable and adaptable variables
  • Visual ques
  • Taste balance
  • Consistency and efficient workflow behind the machine
  • Texturing milk
  • Pouring techniques

Baristas can choose to join a class of four, where each barista gets their own machine and grinder to put their skills to the test in a two ½ hour  course. However, for those wanting to really speed up their training in the hope of securing a job sooner, we recommend a three-hour private class where the trainer will give them one-on-one tips for their skill level to prepare them for entering the workforce.


From here, baristas can move to our ‘Level 1: Intermediate Barista’ course, which also runs as a of group of four or privately. These are aimed at the barista who has access to a machine and is able to practice what they learn. But don’t fret if you don’t as we also hire out our state of the art training facility for barista practise. This course picks up from where ‘Introduction to Espresso’ left off and is designed to take baristas to the next level of their learning by covering:

  • Coffee recipes
  • How to apply these to a blend and/or single origin
  • Correct workflow behind the machine
  • Putting it all together


The idea is that this course prepares the barista for taking our ‘Level 1 Assessment’ – where you do get a certificate!. We simulate real life scenarios with the intention of testing the  barista’s skills when under pressure.

  • Each barista gets 10 minutes to dial in their coffee using a grinder they are familiar with
  • They then need to make a series of drinks in 10 minutes while being assessed by two judges. Their technical skills are assessed using the World Barista Championship (WBC) standard, as well as a sensory evaluation of their presentation and taste balance.

General hygiene, cleanliness and workflow are all assessed while the barista works out the most efficient way to fulfil six dockets without sacrificing quality.

The pass rate is 80%, so it’s not easy to achieve, and nor should it be. If we don’t set the benchmark high, baristas will be fooled into thinking they’re better than they are and struggle in the real world. It’s only after passing this assessment, that we feel that it’s worth giving the barista our stamp of approval with a certificate. No, it’s not ‘accredited’, but passing this assessment demonstrates a skill set that is easily transferable and will stand up in everyday café service. Attempting the assessment and not passing is still just as valuable as here the barista knows the areas they are good at and the areas they need to work on.


Once the barista has mastered this level they can move onto our ‘Level 2: Advanced Barista’ course, which is perfect for the barista who wants to take their skills to the next level, especially those wanting to compete.

The barista will gain an understanding of the WBC scoresheet and begin the process perfecting four espressos, four milk based coffees and a filter process while developing a presentation ready for our  Level 2 assessment.


We also run a number of modules we call ‘add ons’ because they are focused on areas of specialty and complement our standard course. These include ‘Latte Art’, ‘Brewing Fundamentals’, ‘Introduction to Cupping’, and ‘Introduction to Roasting’. The barista or the coffee enthusiast can participate in these as a stand-alone class or pair them with either of our Level 1 or Level 2 courses to gain further knowledge and an area of specialty.

Our Latte Art class focuses purely on pouring techniques and teaching the barista control and repeatability while learning how to pour the following patterns:

  • Heart
  • Tulip
  • Rosetta
  • Swan
  • And some rainbow fun!

‘Brewing Fundamentals’, ‘Introduction to Cupping’ and ‘Introduction to Roasting’ are great resources to pair with ‘Level 2: Advanced Barista’ class as the knowledge gained here can assist in our the assessment or for competition preparation.


We often work with baristas one-on-one to develop a long term training plan for them depending on their goals, objectives and current situation.

Jonathan Ko made contact with me a couple of years ago. A manager in a Japanese restaurant, Johnathan wanted to purchase Introduction to Espresso, Intermediate Barista and Latte Art… all at once. He wanted to move into becoming a “specialty coffee barista” and in the fastest way possible. I explained the apprenticeship to Jonathan and the best way to tackle this over a few months, rather than over one weekend. I worked closely with Jonathan and gave him tips to work on to help him find a job in specialty coffee. Fast forward a year later, and Jonathan just so happened to land himself a job as a barista in one of our accounts, Espresso Room, and is now about to open up his very own café called Charisma Workshop close to the Victoria Market in Melbourne.

We spoke to Jonathan about his training experience with us.

“When I looked into coffee training schools, there were so many available all with similar structures.

It was the trainers at Veneziano and their experience and knowledge that made me choose to work with them. It’s my dream to serve a coffee and dessert pairing menu where I will need to talk about flavour profiles with customers. Knowing the Veneziano trainers had experience in either competing or judging barista competitions was important to me.

Veneziano’s training is personal and engaging but it was my first latte art session which was the most memorable experience as I got to understand how to control what I wanted to pour.  

When it came to choosing a roasting company to supply my own café, it was simple. I liked the training provided by Veneziano and feel that this helps with the consistency of quality we aim to provide to our customers at the café.

While many roasters do provide the general description of the current blend, Veneziano has a more detailed description of the blend composition and flavour profile which suits what I’m wanting to do perfectly with coffee and dessert matching. I need to understand the flavour of my coffee and then create food dishes to complement it.”

Not everyone has the luxury of spacing out their courses however, and need a quick, intensive solution. Hyowon recently travelled all the way from South Korea, to attempt his Level 1 Assessment. Hyowon owns his own café, Maven Espresso, and wanted to come to Melbourne to train as he said we are renowned for the most amazing coffee culture in the world. He wanted to learn the latest in coffee and introduce new coffees to Korea.

“I looked at a few different schools, but Veneziano stood out because of their experience with barista competitions. I closed my café for five days to travel to Melbourne and train with Jade and the team.

The theory was very impressive, especially as we have no coffee textbooks in Korea. It was very helpful to practice and be coached.”

If you’re wanting break into the coffee industry, step up your barista game, or simply delve into the world of specialty coffee, drop us a line on and we’ll help you find a course that is right for you. Alternatively, explore in your own time here.

Hyowon, Maven Espresso and Justin Luchterhand (Trainer)

Jade Jennings (Head Trainer)


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