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Certificate for Module (Specialty Coffee: Barista Skills - Foundation and Intermediate)
證書(單元 : 精品咖啡之初級及中級咖啡師技巧)

Course Code
HT028A
Application Code
2065-1704AW

Study mode
Part-time
Start Date
01 Jan 2023 (Sun)
Duration
30 hours
Language
Cantonese, suppl with teaching materials in Eng
Course Fee
HK$17,100 per programme inclusive of:
1.) Learning materials in English
2.) Coffee tasting and hands-on practice
3.) Test Fee for SCA "Barista Skills Foundation" qualification
4.) Test Fee for SCA "Barista Skills Intermediate" qualification
5.) SCA certificate(s) (soft-copy) for each qualification upon successful completion
(Note: re-sit test fee is excluded)
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“Specialty coffee” is about all people involved in the coffee value chain work in harmony and maintain a keen focus on standards and excellence from start to finish, and these people include the coffee farmer, the green coffee buyer, the roaster, the barista, and the consumer.

This programme is designed to provide a sound introduction to essential barista skills, so that students could learn a range of complex job functions found in the barista profession.

It is a very comprehensive skill-based programme that covers how a barista sets the grinder, makes espressos, foams and textures milk for cappuccinos, and creates latte art. Through interactive activities, demonstrations and self-practice, students can prepare their own coffee and explore ways to improve coffee quality through a number of parameters, such as grinder calibration, espresso extraction and drinks construction. In addition, this programme also covers key concepts regarding health and safety, customer service and basic business practices of a café, such as workflow management, stock management, coffee menu description, and coffee equipment cleaning and maintenance. 

This programme is suitable to those coffee enthusiasts so that they can deepen and broaden their coffee knowledge for social purpose; and those who wish to work with coffee as part of a larger beverage portfolio in the retail, wholesale and hospitality sectors, since students will acquire the job skills and competencies of being a barista. This programme is suitable to those who wish to open a cafe or work in a cafe as a barista.

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INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES

On completion of the programme, students should be able to:

  1. Describe and explain the routines and responsibilities of a barista in a café;
  2. Identify and describe the essential elements and processes that influence the aroma, flavor, body, texture and strength of an espresso;
  3. Describe the café operational management including customer service, workflow and stock management, health and safety, equipment cleaning and maintenance; and
  4. Demonstrate the milk foaming and latte art technique and prepare multiple espresso-based drinks.

 

WHY HKU SPACE?

  1. Graduates of our coffee programme will be awarded:
    - HKU SPACE Certificate for Module (Specialty Coffee: Barista Skills - Foundation and Intermediate) 證書(單元 : 精品咖啡之初級及中級咖啡師技巧), awarded within  the HKU system through HKU SPACE.
    - "Barista Skills Foundation" certificate (e-certificate) by the SCA.
    - "Barista Skills Intermediate" certificate (e-certificate) by the SCA.
  2. Students can taste various samples of coffees during the course of their studies, and they are systematically arranged by classroom session.
  3. Our coffee programme is taught by qualified professionals who are also experienced in coffee education.
  4. Our coffee programme will be delivered by a single teacher, where possible, throughout the entire course to ensure consistency in content and teaching style.
  5. All coffee beans are carefully and impartially selected from different recognized coffee suppliers to suit the genuine needs of the course.
  6. Small class-size (max.8) in our coffee programme brings about better teaching and learning, and enhances teacher-student interaction.

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The programme consists of 30 face-to-face teaching hours, 3 hours in each session with coffee tasting, and they are structured into 10 sessions with the following key topics.

SYLLABUS

This syllabus is adapted from the Coffee Skills Diploma programme guidebooks by Specialty Coffee Association (SCA)

No. Topic
1. Coffee beans
2. Workspace management and workflow
3. Espresso process: Grind, Dose, Tamp
4. Extraction and brewing
5. Sensory
6. Milk
7. Espresso based menu
8. Cleaning, health and safety
9. Water quality
10. Customer service and café management

 

ASSESSMENT AND AWARDS

This programme will be assessed by Two Tests. Setting and marking of the test papers are conducted/verified by the Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) or its Authorized SCA Trainers.

Students have to obtain a ‘Pass’ on all assessment components (see below table for details) and attain 70% attendance for completion of this Certificate for Module programme. Students who fail in any assessment components can apply for re-attempt subject to payment of retake fee.

Type of Assessment
and Weighting

Description Pass Mark
Test 1 (40%) Online Multiple Choice Questions (22 minutes) 60% and above
Test 2 (60%)

Section A: Online Multiple Choice and Short Questions (37 minutes);

Section B: Three sections (1, 2 & 3) in Practical Examinations (40 minutes)

Section A: 70% and above

Section B1: 50% and above

Section B2: 82.7% and above

Section B3: 64% and above

Upon successful completion of the programme, graduates will be awarded the 'Certificate for Module (Specialty Coffee: Barista Skills - Foundation and Intermediate) 證書(單元 : 精品咖啡之初級及中級咖啡師技巧)' within the HKU system through HKU SPACE. In addition, graduates of this programme with a mark of 60% attained in Test 1 will be awarded the “Barista Skills Foundation” Certificate by the Specialty Coffee Association (SCA); Graduates of this programme with a mark of 70% attained in Test 2 Section A, 50% attained in Test 2 Section B1, 82.7% attained in Test 2 Section B2, and 64% attained in Test 2 Section B3 will be awarded the “Barista Skills IntermediateCertificate by the Specialty Coffee Association (SCA).

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Application Code 2065-1704AW Apply Online Now
Start Date 01 Jan 2023 (Sun)
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Duration
  • 30 hours
    3 hours per session; 1-2 sessions per day

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Our Coffee Tutor

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Mr. Chris So

Chris has great passion in coffee and has been certified as a Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) Trainer since 2015. He holds the SCA Coffee Skills Diploma and is a licensed Q Arabica Grader of Coffee Quality Institute. Chris is a professional coffee consultant and his focus is on training, quality control and coffee buying. Chris has been a Head Judge for multiple Hong Kong Coffee Championships and he is also a Certified Sensory Judge for the World Barista Championship, World Brewers Cup, World Coffee in Good Spirits Championship and World Coffee Roasting Championship. Chris won the Hong Kong Coffee in Good Spirits Championship in 2018 and represented Hong Kong and ranked 8th at the World Championship. He has also successfully coached four Hong Kong Champions and one World Champion in Coffee.

In addition to his coffee knowledge, Chris is also a longstanding Wine and Spirit Educator at HKUSPACE and he is an international judge for Wine, Spirit, Sake and Beer. Chris was awarded the "Outstanding Teacher Award of HKUSPACE College of Business & Finance 2018/19" for his teaching excellence.

 

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Competition Coach:

2012 Hong Kong Siphonist Champion
2013 Hong Kong Siphonist Champion
2013 World Siphonist Champion
2015 Hong Kong Brewers Cup Championship 2nd place
2016 Hong Kong Brewers Cup Championship Champion
2016 Hong Kong Latte Art Championship Champion
2017 World Latte Art Championship 5th place
2018 Hong Kong Siphonist Champion  
2018 World Siphonist Champion 4th place  
2018 Hong Kong Latte Art Championship Champion
2019 Hong Kong Brewers Cup Championship 3rd place

Competition Awards:

2013 Hong Kong Clever Cup Contest Champion
2016 Hong Kong Coffee Power Rangers Team Championship Champion
2018 Hong Kong Coffee in Good Spirits Champion
2018 World Coffee in Good Spirits Championship 8th Place

 

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Mr. Keith Tse

Keith is a professional barista and has been working as a barista for over eight years. He is very passionate about coffee and he wishes to share coffee knowledge and professional techniques to more people by being an Authorized Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) Trainer. He holds the ‘Brewing Professional’ and ‘Barista Skills Professional’ from Specialty Coffee Association (SCA).He is an experienced teacher for barista programmes and he taught barista training programmes for nearly five years for ‘City & Guilds’ and ‘Employees Retraining Board (ERB)’. Students enjoy his coffee classes very much since he is a friendly and open-minded teacher delivering highly interactive and informative classes. His creativity in practicing latte art has brought him to a world-class level, and he won the Hong Kong Latte Art Championship in 2016, 2018 & 2021.

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Competition Awards:

2016 Hong Kong Latte Art Championship – Champion
2017 World Latte Art Championship – 5th Place
2018 Hong Kong Latte Art Championship – Champion
2021 Hong Kong Latte Art Championship – Champion

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Applicants shall not have any health conditions that made them unfit for coffee tasting.

Course Fee
  • HK$17,100 per programme inclusive of:
    1.) Learning materials in English
    2.) Coffee tasting and hands-on practice
    3.) Test Fee for SCA "Barista Skills Foundation" qualification
    4.) Test Fee for SCA "Barista Skills Intermediate" qualification
    5.) SCA certificate(s) (soft-copy) for each qualification upon successful completion
    (Note: re-sit test fee is excluded)
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Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) is a non-profit trade association worldwide, with a purpose to foster global coffee communities to support activities to make coffee a more sustainable, equitable and thriving activity for the whole value chain. The SCA acts as a unifying force within the specialty coffee industry and works to make coffee better by raising standards worldwide through a collaborative and progressive approach.

SCA Diploma

 

Graduates of this programme with a pass in Test 1 will be awarded the “Barista Skills Foundation” Certificate  (soft copy) by the Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) and will score 5 points towards the SCA Coffee Skills Diploma;
Graduates of this programme with a pass in Test 2 will be awarded the “Barista Skills Intermediate” Certificate (soft copy) by the Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) and will score 10 points towards the SCA Coffee Skills Diploma.

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Enrolment Method
Payment Method
1. Cash, EPS, WeChat Pay Or Alipay

Course fees can be paid by cash, EPS, WeChat Pay or Alipay at any HKU SPACE Enrolment Centres.

2. Cheque Or Bank draft

Course fees can also be paid by crossed cheque or bank draft made payable to “HKU SPACE”. Please specify the programme title(s) for application and the applicant’s name.. You may either:

  • bring the completed form(s), together with the appropriate course or application fees in the form of a cheque, and any required supporting documents to any of the HKU SPACE enrolment centres;
  • or mail the above documents to any of the HKU SPACE Enrolment Centres, specifying  “Course Application” on the envelope.  HKU SPACE will not be responsible for any loss of payment sent by mail.
3. VISA/Mastercard

Applicants may also pay the course fee by VISA or Mastercard, including the “HKU SPACE Mastercard”, at any HKU SPACE enrolment centres. Holders of the HKU SPACE Mastercard can enjoy a 10-month interest-free instalment period for courses with a tuition fee worth a minimum of HK$2,000; however, the course applicant must also be the cardholder himself/herself. For enquiries, please contact our staff at any enrolment centres.

4. Online Payment

Online application / enrolment is offered for most open admission courses (course enrolled on first come, first served basis) and selected award-bearing programmes. Application fees and course fees of these programmes/courses can be settled by using "PPS by Internet" (not available via mobile phones), VISA or Mastercard. In addition to the aforesaid online payment channels, continuing students of award-bearing programmes, if their programmes offer online service, may also pay their course fees by Online WeChat Pay, Online Alipay and Faster Payment System (FPS). Please refer to Enrolment Methods - Online Enrolment  for details.

Notes

  • If the programme/course is starting within five working days, application by post is not recommended to avoid any delays. Applicants are advised to enrol in person at HKU SPACE Enrolement Centres and avoid making cheque payment under this circustance.
  • Fees paid are not refundable except under very exceptional circumstances (e.g. course cancellation due to insufficient enrolment), subject to the School’s discretion. In exceptional cases where a refund is approved, fees paid by cash, EPS, WeChat Pay, Alipay, cheque or PPS (for online payment only) will normally be reimbursed by a cheque, and fees paid by credit card will normally be reimbursed to the payment cardholder's credit card account.
  • In addition to the published fees, there may be additional costs associated with individual programmes. Please refer to the relevant course brochures or direct any enquiries to the relevant programme team for details.
  • Fees and places on courses cannot be transferrable from one applicant to another. Once accepted onto a course, the student may not change to another course without approval from HKU SPACE. A processing fee of HK$120 will be levied on each approved transfer.
  • Receipts will be issued for fees paid but HKU SPACE will not be repsonsible for any loss of receipt sent by mail.
  • For payment certification, please submit a completed form, a sufficiently stamped and self-addressed envelope, and a crossed cheque for HK$30 per copy made payable to "HKU SPACE" to any of our enrolment centres.