SCA Introduction to Coffee
Duration: 4 hours (1 session)
March 6 / 1PM – 5PM (Online)
Instructor: Teresa Garcia-Plotkin, Authorized SCA Trainer
Introduction to Coffee: 10 Points
The Introduction to Coffee course is ideal for anyone who is new to specialty coffee. It charts coffee’s journey from its origins in Ethiopia to the major commodity that it is today. This course gives a general overview of the specialty coffee supply chain and explores topics such as history and cultivation, variables that affect coffee quality, basics of sensory analysis, fundamentals of roasting, factors of coffee freshness, and principles of brewing. In addition, learners will discuss the importance of water quality, cleanliness and maintenance. This interactive course also includes a cupping, an industry-specific process for evaluating coffee through a sensory experience. There is an online written exam administered upon the completion of the course.
The Coffee Skills Program consists of six different modules: Introduction to Coffee, which is available at one level, and five specialist modules; Barista Skills, Brewing, Green Coffee, Roasting and Sensory Skills.
Each of the specialist modules is available at three different levels, with points attached at every stage. You may choose the modules that fit your interests and needs. Once you have achieved 100 points, you will be awarded the SCA Coffee Skills Diploma.
~ Introduction to Coffee: 10 Points
~ Barista Skills Module
~ Brewing Module
~ Green Coffee Module
~ Roasting Module
~ Sensory Skills Module
~ Foundation Level: 5 Points
~ Intermediate Level: 10 Points
~ Professional Level: 25 Points
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR
Teresa Garcia-Plotkin was destined for coffee. After 16 years in the Information Technology sales industry in Singapore, she found herself wondering and wandering about coffee. She even took a part time Barista job in Starbucks Singapore on a short stint. She values education and started taking SCAE courses. After trainings with Mr. Luigi Lupi for her SCA certificates, becoming an in house trainer and Academic Head for BCAA, becoming a Q grader, completing SCA Coffee Diploma—she took her coffee training several notches higher by getting AST certified. She continues her passion and love for coffee thru continuous learning and teaching.