City & Guilds International Barista Skills (7102) is for a person who works as or wants to work as barista. You don't have any experience on this field before taking this course.
You will become a qualified barista if you pass the both exams: 1. Written exam: 20 questions, 20 short answers in 20 minutes. 2. Practical exam: 7 drinks within 16 minutes.
You only have to re-take the failed part and you can re-take at most twice.
My expreience is having a 3-day course, having the written part at the end of 2nd day and the partical exam at the end of the 3rd day. It's really demanding but luckily I had a 3-day annual leave so that's why I took it in this way.
If your work is already exhausted you, you may consider to have a weekend/nighttime course and this will take you around 1 month. Plus, you can have some extra time for studying.
Content of the course¶
More then 50% of the course is related to coffee (machines) while the other half is related to the other drinks and the skills required for a barista.
The main focus of the coffee part is the Espresso:
- Ingredient of a good coffee
- From bean to cup
- How to delivery a good espresso
- How to brew good espresso-base coffee
- Troubleshoot / maintenance of an espresso machine
The other drinks covers tea, hot chocolate and smoothies:
- Types of tea
- How to brew good tea
- From cocoa to hot chocolate
- Troubleshoot on chocolate machine
- How to use/troubleshoot a blender
Last part is the soft skills including:
- Communication skills
- What to do when your shop does not have filter coffee