Barista Training

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Witham’s Professional Coffee Courses/Barista Training

Do you have staff that need barista training or you would like to learn about coffee? Then you have come to the right place! Witham’s is dedicated to providing excellence in coffee education for the passionate coffee lover and the professional barista.


Two decades of experience in the specialty coffee and cafe industry have been poured into developing our comprehensive coffee courses. Come along and learn how to pour the perfect espresso. From beginners up, we will teach you everything you need to know to become a barista. If you’ve had previous experience we can help to hone your skills and knowledge to become a superior barista.

Barista Training Classes

At Witham’s you will have the unique opportunity to learn on state-of-the-art espresso equipment in our dedicated training room within our Specialty Coffee Roastery. Our courses are limited to four people to ensure maximum one-on-one instruction and machine time.


To make a booking, simply choose a session below and use the online booking form or give us a call on (02) 9482 1122 for further information or group bookings.

Covid 19 Update: Due to Covid 19 and Government Restrictions, we’ve had to postpone our Barista Training Courses until further notice.
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    Barista at home Course

    • Duration: 1 hour
    • Cost: $55 pp (GST incl)
    • Prerequisite: None
    • Next class: Cancelled Until Further Notice due to Covid-19

    Price Includes:

    • Class FREE with all Rocket or ECM espresso machine purchases
    • 15% discount off barista tools on day of course

    Course Description:

    Do you want to learn how to make the perfect espresso at home? Have you bought a shiny new espresso machine and don’t know what do with it?

    Then this course is perfect for you! You will learn how to start making perfect, cafe style coffee in your own home.

    The course will cover:

    • What is the perfect espresso?
    • Understanding coffee extraction rates.
    • How to avoid over-extraction & under-extraction.
    • The importance of the grind & how to adjust the grinder.
    • Correct dosing & tamping techniques.
    • Creating silky smooth milk.

    Up to two people may attend. Class run in-house on our equipment.

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    Barista Fundamentals Introduction to espresso

    • Duration: 3.5 hours
    • Cost: $190 pp (GST incl)
    • Prerequisite: None
    • Next class: Cancelled Until Further Notice due to Covid-19

    Price Includes:

    • Barista Certificate of Attendance
    • Copy of Barista Techniques 2nd edition by John Doyle
    • Fresh roasted coffee, 250 grams
    • 15% discount on barista tools and accessories on day of course.

    Course Description:

    The Barista Fundamentals Training Course is designed to introduce the trainee barista or coffee enthusiast to the art of preparing and serving espresso coffee. The class begins with an exclusive tour of our Roastery, before launching into the very “hands-on” course.

    You will leave with a sound understanding of the following:

    • Brief coffee history, coffee journey from bean to cup, processing methods, roasting process
    • What is freshly roasted coffee?
    • Barista hygiene fundamentals
    • What is espresso?
    • Grinding the beans- monitoring & adjusting the grind
    • Dosing and tamping techniques
    • Correct espresso extraction
    • Milk texturing

    Course holds a maximum 4 persons per session (or up to 6 as a group) which allows for maximum access to espresso equipment and one-on-one time with trainer. Our dedicated barista training rooms are fitted out with two commercial Wega espresso machines and four grinders.

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    Barista Professional Developing Advanced Barista Skills

    • Duration: 3.5 hours
    • Cost: $190pp (GST incl)
    • Prerequisite: Barista Fundamentals Course
    • Next class: Cancelled Until Further Notice due to Covid-19

    Course Description:

    The Advanced Barista Course follows on from the Fundamental Barista Course and explores espresso extraction issues to further enhance the baristas understanding of the effects of temperature, humidity, water quality, dosing technique and coffee age on the quality of the espresso. The full coffee menu is explained and students will have the opportunity to prepare a number of beverages.