Urban Brew
Baseline Courses

Practical-centered coffee courses for the entry-level barista, café owner, and avid home barista/coffee enthusiast

Foundational

The baseline courses provide all the knowledge needed to start out as a barista and will also be helpful for future courses

Practical

Practically focussed training, touching on the necessary skills, and variables when brewing coffee and taking care of equipment for any start-up working or home barista

Approachable

No prior coffee brewing knowledge or experience is needed in order to do these courses

What can you learn?

Baseline Barista

This course is a practical course that focuses on the fundamentals of making espresso-based coffees and will enable you to; pull proper espressos, steam silky smooth milk, pour latte art as well as learn how to effectively clean and maintain your equipment.

Baseline Brewing

This course focuses on some of the essentials of manual brewing like; grind size, brewing ratios, brew time, and the quality of water as well as techniques for various manual brewing methods such as the V60, Chemex, Aeropress, and Plunger.

Baseline Sensory

This course will awaken your senses far beyond just tasting coffee and will enable you to experience the world in a new way as you learn how to appreciate the collaborative power of your senses.

Meet your trainer

Retha van Rhijn

Trainer, Communications

Retha is the 2023 SA Cup Tasters Champion, and is set to compete at the World Cup Tasters Competition taking place in Athens, Greece from 22-24 June 2023. Her journey in coffee started off 8 years ago as a part time barista. In 2020 she did her SCA Barista Skills Foundation Course and in January 2021 moved to Urban Brew Barista Academy, where her specialty coffee journey really started. At the beginning of 2022 she started training various groups of people of different companies, working with baristas from companies such as McCafe Central Region and Costa Coffee Central South Africa. She has completed the SCA Barista Skills Professional Course, as well as the SCA Brewing, Sensory and Sustainability Foundation Courses. Not only is Retha a barista trainer but also heads up the communication department, assuring that the line of communication is always open between the us and you as our clients.

Retha van Rhijn

Trainer, Communications

Retha started off in the coffee industry 7 years ago as a barista. In 2020 she did her SCA Barista Skills Foundation Course and in January 2021 moved to Urban Brew Coffee, where her specialty coffee journey really started. At the beginning of 2022 she started training various groups of people of different companies, working with baristas from companies such as McCafe Central Region and Costa Coffee Central South Africa. She has completed the SCA Barista Skills Professional Course, as well as the SCA Brewing and Sensory Foundation Courses. In 2022 she ended top 6 in the SA Cup Tasters Semi-Finals, and is set to compete in the finals taking place at the beginning of 2023. Not only is Retha a barista trainer but also heads up the communication department, assuring that the line of communication is always open between the us and you as our clients.

Brands We’ve Worked With

We thoroughly enjoyed our time with Stevo! He’s professional, approachable, and highly skilled. Both the SCA and non-accredited courses provided solid theory and practical tips in a comfortable environment. I couldn’t recommend Stevo and Urban Brew highly enough!

Dario Scilipoti

Owner, Bluebird Coffee Roastery

After taking the decision to invest in training our Baristas through Urban Brew, we have improved the quality and standard of our coffee and as a result, increased our coffee sales and profits. We are currently selling on average 500 cups of coffee a day in all our stores combined and we believe that this is connected to the standard of our Baristas!

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Zylia Wium

Marketing Manager, McDonald's McCafe

Stevo combines a vast amount of knowledge & incredible experience with empathy, giving him the unique ability to deliver effective training to everyone, from Baristas to the CEO.

Ritesh Doshi

CEO, Spring Valley Coffee

FAQs

How much do the courses cost?
  1. Baseline/Home Barista or Brewing: R1550pp
  2. Foundation Course of any specialisation: R2550
  3. Intermediate Course: R4950
  4. Professional Course: R7550

If international please send training@urbanbrewcoffee.co.za an email to enquire about international course fees.

Which SCA courses do you have?

We do Barista Skills, Brewing, and Sensory

When is your next training?

Please see our next training dates for various provinces under the training tab.

Can I complete my SCA Coffee Diploma at your academy?

Yes, we offer all the SCA levels in the specialisations of Brewing, Barista Skills and Sensory. And by completing all these 9 courses your will have enough points (120 to be exact) and will receive your CSP Coffee Diploma

Do I need to have any coffee experience in order to do the SCA Course?

The good news is, no. You can jump directly into the SCA Foundation courses without any prior knowledge of coffee. The Foundation Courses are set up in such a way that any person no matter the amount of their coffee knowledge, will be able to do the course!

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