Introduction to Coffee
This course will give you a good understanding of coffee and teach you all the techniques needed to master both making and serving types of coffee.
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1 - 2 hour

About the Course

As the demand for coffee shops continues to increase, so too has the need for well trained and skilled professionals who can serve espresso properly. Customers don’t just want a regular coffee, terms such as Latte, Caramel Macchiato and Americano are commonplace in cafes, restaurants and hotels throughout the UK.

The Introduction to Coffee Course will provide you with the necessary skills to carry out your work as a barista. Furthermore, any other profession in the hospitality industry where your role involves making and serving coffee to customers. Through studying this course, you will learn about the varied types of coffee. How it is produced and packaged and the different techniques used to produce a variety of coffees.

Who is this course suitable for?

Our course is ideal for anyone who is new to the industry or just has an interest in this wonderful drink. Additionally, it is also perfect for hospitality professionals with no coffee or barista experience who wish to break in to the world of espresso.

Course Content

Our course is broken into 4 easy to follow modules:-

An Introduction – In this introductory module, you will learn about the history and origins of coffee. You will be introduced to how beans are cultivated, harvested and processed prior to arriving at your place of work.  You will be able to identify the different types of coffee and explore how it is roasted. Also, how it is ground and brewed to make the perfect cup.

Selecting the right Equipment – In order to prepare great tasting coffee, you need to use the right equipment. As an employee you need to understand the different types brewing machines and how they function. In this module, we will introduce you to the various pieces of equipment typically found in a coffee shop or café. In addition, you will be able to identify the accompaniments frequently served alongside the drink.

Coffee Creations – In this module, you are going to learn how to store coffee in an effective way.  You will then be introduced to the different types of cream and milk. Additionally, you will learn the importance of using the right consistency to make the perfect cup of coffee.  You will then be shown the different types of coffee currently served in shops today. These include; Latte, Flat White, Macchiato, Americano and the Cappuccino. In addition, you will be able to identify various flavoured liqueur coffees you may be asked to create.

Equipment Care – In this final module, you will learn that making a good cup of coffee is not only down to the way it is made. It is also highly influenced by the cleanliness and the overall maintenance of your equipment.


The Introduction to Coffee course is available in easy to follow interactive slides allowing you to study online at your own pace. Test your knowledge after each unit and then take a final assessment to see how much you have learned. You will be required to answer 21 of the 30 questions correctly to pass the course. Only then will you receive your PDF certificate of completion.


The course can be completed in approximately 1 – 2 hours and is self-paced so you can study for as long or as little as you wish.


After successful completion of the course you can download your Institute of Hospitality certificate.

We only work with the very best

Our training courses, including this Introduction to Coffee course, are written and managed by hospitality professionals with many years experience in their field. You will be learning from the best and you will come away from your training inspired by mentors who understand your aspirations and requirements.

Group Training

If you are responsible for training a large number of staff, you may also be interested in our group training portal Our well established system allows you to easily track and record who has received and completed the training. Furthermore, while reducing the need for administration and paperwork.

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Course Modules

  • Introduction to Coffee
  • Selecting the Right Equipment
  • Coffee Creation
  • Equipment Care

Recent Reviews

"I found this course very interesting and informative"
"It was ectremely hepful and inciteful. Thank you."
"very quick and easy to complete. fantastic course/introduction for beginners."
"Helpful for basics"
"Great course. Now it is not as daunting to apply for a position as a trainee barista. :)"
"Worthwhile course as a basic introduction to coffee and coffee making."
"Great course very thorough"
"Really understandable and clear."