Barista Training


Coffee Mentality currently offers two Barista Training and Coffee Courses in Brisbane, designed for specialty coffee

The Foundation Barista Training course and Pour Over Training will suit both professional baristas and home coffee enthusiasts, taught in a real cafe environment at our East Brisbane store.


Foundation Barista Training

Developed by Baristas for Baristas, this barista training course will be taught in a real cafe environment, with just up to 4 students per session. Most importantly, at the completion of the five hour workshop, you will be entitled to a three hour work experience at a specialty cafe in our Brisbane based network, giving you an advantage in securing your first barista job.

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Pour Over Training

Pour over or filter brewing course is for baristas or anyone interested to learn more about alternative (manual) brewing.

The one and a half hour session will provide both theory and technique using pour over.

Learning to do pour over will be an excellent addition to your barista skills as more cafes are introducing single origin options to their specialty coffee menus.  Filter brewing is an ideal method to taste the intricate flavours of  single origin coffee. The session will also provide a brief introduction to single origin coffee and traceability to a single farm or producer and how to get the most of these beans.

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At Coffee Mentality, we have a different mentality to our approach to coffee education. Our barista training is grounded in four fundamentals to give you a headstart in your coffee journey.

- Passion for Coffee Knowledge
- Real Cafe Experience
- Supportive Environment
- Small Group Training

In addition, our barista training courses will focus on the three Ps of coffee-making: Preparation, Process and Presentation.

Preparation – we will firstly gauge your interest in undertaking the course, learning objectives and assess your skill level in tailoring the session to help you achieve your goal.

A brief overview of the farm to cup process will be covered – from how coffee is grown, processed and produced and the different brewing methods.

Process – the technical component of the session where the magic begins to happen, and the puzzle pieces start to fall into place. This will be your opportunity to put your barista skills to the test; practical and hands-on part of the course where you get to work on a commercial machine or domestic machine (depending on your interest) . We will get you up to speed on dosing, tamping, extractions, shots, texturing milk, pouring and efficiency. The barista training course will be taught by experienced baristas who can provide not just the technical skills but the soft skills that are equally in demand in getting you 'cafe ready'. Being able to converse and build good relations with customers while on the job is important, as well as being able to work as a team and know your role in the process particularly if you choose to work in a fast paced, high volume coffee shop.

Presentation – as the course is being taught in a real cafe environment, you will learn how specialty coffee is served, be it espresso-based or pour over. Knowing which cups to use for which beverages and overall presentation is all part of delivering great customer experience.

All course participants will be provided with a complimentary Coffee Mentality T-shirt and a Certificate of Completion. You will also have the option to be part of the Coffee Mentality network, where you will be invited to our community events such as coffee planting and harvesting through the Urban coffee project.