With an abundance of cafes and coffee bars around Australia it is obvious that Australians love their coffee! This is ideal for backpackers. As there are a lot of options when it comes to choosing hospitality work, specifically a barista. However, to stand out from the crowd and be offered a dream cafe job you will have to pass specialised barista course training. In this article we will cover the fundamentals of coffee and how to become a barista in Australia.
What is a Barista?
A barista is someone who has been specially trained to make and serve coffee in cafes, restaurants and coffee roaster bars.
In Europe there are two choices; a nutty or a long, whereas in Australia the list is almost endless; black, mocha, flat white, latte, cappuccino, americano, espresso, macchiato, piccolo, affogato then there are double shots, long or short.
Previous barista / café experience is highly sought after when searching for a job therefore if you haven’t already, it’s worth doing a barista course for the specialised training. Making coffee in Australia is considered a work of art, so not only does the coffee have to taste great, it’s expected to be presented beautifully.
A barista course is mostly hands-on training therefore it cannot be completed online. You are required to attend small group classes which run for one to three days depending on the organisation. They cost anywhere between $150 AUD – $350 AUD. It doesn’t matter whether you are in Victoria or Queensland etc. as the training is recognised nationally and is valid all throughout Australia.
During a barista course you will learn the origin of coffees, the history, how to operate, clean and maintain coffee machines, how to prepare coffee in all the different ways, coffee art such as flowers and hearts. You will also learn extraction times, how to lather milk, what strategies to use to manage your stress if there is a queue of 20 people all waiting for their coffee and much more!
There are quite a few organisations to choose from, so to help you decide on the best barista course, consider these important points;
- Access to your own machine
- Ability to make as many coffees as you like
- Thoroughly learning the cleaning, dismantling and assembly of mills and coffee machines
Training with RSA Melbourne
Although there are barista courses all over Australia, we recommend training with accredited organisation, RSA Melbourne which is located at 28 Elizabeth Street (Level 3) in downtown Melbourne. The barista standards in Melbourne have a worldwide reputation for being the most experience and creative in the industry. RSA Melbourne offers two types of barista courses; a basic course and a master class. During both courses you will have access to your own machine and will be able to make an unlimited number of coffees during your training.
Barista Coffee Course – Overview
The Barista Coffee Course is a basic 1-day course running from 9:00am to 4:30pm on Mondays, Thursday and Saturdays and costs $195 AUD. During the hands-on training you will learn the ins and outs of a coffee machine:
- How to tamper coffee
- Adjusting, cleaning and maintaining the grinder and machines
- Milk Textures
- Pouring of the different coffees
At the end of the course you will receive an accredited certificate of participation.
Barista Master Class – Overview
The Barista Master Class is a 2-day course running from 9:00am to 4:30pm on Monday-Tuesdays, Thursday-Fridays and Saturday. You can enrol for $295 AUD. During the master class you will learn:
- Everything that a basic course offers
- Latte art
- Approved food handling practices
- How to pour all the coffees from a coffee menu
- How to clean and maintain machines
At the end of the course you will receive an accredited statement of attainment. You will also have the option of returning to participate in refresher classes for the following six months free of charge.
It is definitely worth the investment of partaking in the specialised training. This will help you get a barista job as opposed to those who haven’t done the training.