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First Shot Barista Training

Find out more about the top-rated barista courses in Sydney.

Sydney's Leading Barista Training Courses

At First Shot Barista Training, we understand how competitive the coffee market is in Australia. We provide expert barista training in Sydney at all levels so that you can enter the industry with a depth of knowledge and a strong ability to produce a great cup of coffee for your customers.

More than simply receiving a certificate, our Sydney-based barista coffee school teaches baristas about the complex art of coffee-making, from understanding how the coffee is grown to optimising your machines, perfecting your milk frothing technique and creating latte art.

What makes First Shot Barista Training different?

Champions in coffee-making
Our coffee school in Sydney has helped to up-skill thousands of baristas who in turn bring their techniques to local cafés across the country. Armed with a wealth of barista experience from Sydney's finest cafés, our trainers have competed in numerous professional barista, tasting and latte art competitions across NSW.

An avid interest in all things coffee drives our trainers to consistently improve and expand their knowledge of the coffee market in Australia and worldwide so that they can deliver the latest in coffee-making techniques.
A holistic approach to coffee training
Designed to up-skill and train employees at all experience levels, our barista coffee training in Sydney will improve your ability to confidently prepare delicious specialty coffee. Our holistic approach to coffee training covers both the practical skills in brewing, frothing and latte art presentation as well as industry skills to help you improve your ability to nail an interview.

Manage your coffee operations more confidently with our advanced barista class in Sydney — you’ll learn a broad range of transferable skills. From attending to your machines to understanding coffee growing regions, notes and the science behind brewing, our classes are designed to set you up for success.
State-of-the-art training facilities
Set in a bright and modern space, our Sydney barista training centre mimics the look and feel of an Australian café to give you a smooth introduction to the industry. We ensure that you have familiarity across many makes and models by completing our training on the most widely used espresso machines and grinders.

Learn the intricate functions and features of state-of-the-art La Marzocco and Sanremo espresso machines, and fine-tune your understanding of coffee grinders using leading brands like Mazzer, Robur, Mythos and Ek43. Mastering the basics of these models will allow you to transfer these skills to any machine used by current and future employers.
Small classes for focused training
We keep our Sydney barista coffee course small, training groups of between one and four people at a time to ensure that you are engaged and empowered to produce exceptional coffee wherever you go. Training in smaller groups allows us to tailor our approach and set each student up at their own machine.

You can also book for larger groups if you’d like to complete a training day for your employees or as a social activity with friends. Our trainers keep each class light-hearted and fun, ensuring that your passion for coffee is nurtured. Using a hands-on approach, you’ll start making coffee in your first lesson, tasting your delicious creations as you go.
Tailored to your needs
Providing a broad spectrum of knowledge for aspiring and working baristas alike, our sessions will equip you with transferable knowledge at all skill levels. Whether you’re a passionate home coffee connoisseur or looking to improve your skills to progress within the industry, our barista coffee school in Sydney is tailored to help you master your craft.

With an understanding that education is key in building a strong career in the coffee industry, our classes are cutting edge, providing industry insights from professionals at the forefront of great coffee in Sydney.

Discover Our Courses

DISCOVERY

Developed to broaden your understanding of coffee beans and coffee-making.

JOB HUNTING

Designed for anyone looking to start a career as a barista.

ADVANCED TRAINING

Developed to help experienced baristas forge a strong career path in the industry or cafe owners.

Our Beginner Course — Discovery
Whether you’re a coffee lover looking to expand your knowledge, or you’d like to up-skill as a barista, our 'Discovery' beginner barista course in Sydney is designed to broaden your understanding of coffee beans and coffee-making. Not only do our barista trainers teach you the basics in coffee-making and machine maintenance, but expand your knowledge on coffee theory.


  • Espresso making —

    Our hands-on classes will arm you with a broad knowledge of espresso machine extraction. Using our La Marzocco and Sanremo machines, as well as our grinders and scales, you’ll learn specialty techniques in grinding, dosing, timing and weighting to make a perfectly balanced espresso.

  • Milk frothing and basic latte art —

    We teach you how to froth milk to achieve a smooth and creamy texture, as well as pouring techniques to produce attractive basic latte art designs for a professional barista coffee.

  • Basic work management —

    From set up and operation to maintenance, we teach you how to create a good workflow.

  • Confidence —

    Whether you’re applying for work as a barista or up-skilling, you can experience a sense of confidence the next time you step behind the espresso machine.

  • Our Beginner to Intermediate Course — Job Hunting
    Designed for anyone looking to start a career as a barista, you’ll learn the foundations of quality coffee-making. In a series of hands-on classes, you’ll learn the variables involved in producing quality coffee. First, we cover all things espresso, from specialty grinding, dosing, timing and weighting so that you can extract the best-tasting coffee out of each shot.

    Once you’ve mastered the perfect shot, we move on to milk frothing, how to achieve a smooth and creamy texture and free pouring techniques. Incorporated into our lessons are workflow and café communication so that you can improve the way you interact at work to optimise your efficiency. At the end of our 'Job Hunting' intermediate barista course, you will leave with the following skills:

  • Coffee theory —

    From the seed to the cup, we explore the timeline of coffee. You’ll learn about prominent growing regions and the methods in which coffee is processed as well as develop your palate to understand different notes and flavours.

  • Extraction & Dial In—

    An understanding of the science and best practice in making attractive and delicious tasting coffee that meets the rigorous standards and expectations of coffee connoisseurs in Australia.You will be able to dial in any recipe requested by your employer or customers.

  • Milk frothing and advanced latte art —

    We teach you advanced pouring techniques, from standing to arm techniques, to produce attractive advanced latte art designs such as wing tulip or rosetta.

  • Work management —

    From set up and operation to maintenance, we teach you how to optimise your workflow for a safe and efficient workspace.

  • Barista resume —

    Designed by our trainers, business consultants and hotel managers, we put together a stellar barista resume that is sure to get you an interview.

  • Interview techniques —

    We work with you to improve your interview techniques, providing you with effective tips and tricks to help you make a great first impression.

  • Confidence —

    Our comprehensive barista coffee course in Sydney provides a supportive learning culture that will boost your confidence in making specialty coffee.

  • For Experienced Baristas — Advanced Training
    Developed to help experienced baristas forge a strong career path in the industry, our 'Advanced Training' barista course in Sydney expands your coffee tasting and latte art abilities. It is designed to help intermediate coffee makers become head baristas and managers and deliver business insights for those looking to open their own café. You can choose from:

  • Advanced coffee theory—

    You will learn the broad industry of coffee, from the best-growing regions and conditions to the refining and roasting process. Whether hot or cold, we introduce you to the science behind brewing and extracting coffee. You will learn the variables that go into brewing, including the water temperature, quality and pressure.

  • Machine operation and maintenance —

    Our industry professionals will provide a comprehensive overview of espresso machines and grinders, equipping you with the skills to accurately and efficiently dial in coffee as well as troubleshoot operational problems. we will help you understand the sensory experience behind great coffee, what customers seek out of their café and language to effectively analyse and deconstruct coffee blends. Armed with a strong sense of the world of coffee, you will have the skills to improve your coffee and enhance your customer’s experience.

  • Advanced latte art

    Learn the science to steaming perfect latte milk and master your pouring with our trainers who have years of experience in competition. From jug & cup holding techniques to standing techniques, we will teach you exactly how competition baristas usually perform on the stage.


    Expand your horizons and sign up for affordable Sydney coffee training today!

    Professional development is essential to expanding your career in the coffee industry. Our cutting-edge and affordable coffee training in Sydney will equip you with transferable skills that will impress employers and help you improve and optimise your café operations. Get in contact with us via our online enquiry form to speak to one of our trainers about our three-tiered coffee course in Sydney. Sign up today and enjoy huge savings on our barista courses.

  • Highly recommend this course for everyone, especially who’s living in Sydney area and wants to find a barista job or just interested in coffee art. The trainer Nguyen Le is super super friendly, enthusiastic and I can see that he really wants to express his passion about coffee to everybody around. He also provided me some useful tips and experience which are really important for a new guy like me. Another trainer, Viet Nguyen, is awesome as well. He’s really dedicated in the class and also enthusiastically reminds his students to do some revisions at home. Overall, although there are plenty of options to find a good barista course in Sydney but this one I think is one of the best to consider.

    Duy Dang

    Le was such an amazing trainer: super friendly, experienced, knowledgeable and very supportive! Although I’ve had a bit of experience in making coffee previously, thanks to his helping me point out my strengths and weaknesses, I can see that my skills have been improved remarkably. Besides, I love that there are only 2 students per class, which made the course more personalised (though affordable fee) and also really assisted in achieving the highest training quality. Once again, thank you so much Lee, and to anyone out there who’s looking for a credible barista training course, I highly recommend First Shot Barista Training!

    Quynh Pham

    Really good quality course! Nguyen Le was taught really well from the basic of how making a good coffee until how to get a job from small things that we never thought. He also so motivated and open minded. Really enjoy the course, thank you!

    Erika putri stevani

    Quality course! Teacher Le Nguyen is very professional and enthusiastic. Not only I was trained on coffee making but also how to create an impressive resume and how to take a good interview. I signed up for the Job Hunting package and it worth every penny as I got 2 barista jobs just after 8 hours of training. Definitely recommend for anyone who is still considering!

    Nhat Minh

    I did the 3 hours short course and Le managed to give me all the basic knowledge of coffee making. Had a great learning experience with him as he was so friendly and energetic. He pointed out what my mistakes are and focused on those untill I did it correct! I got disappointed on myself at a stage when I wasn't doing the milk steaming correctly but he kept encouraging me and finally I learnt to steam milk properly. He really boosts up the confidence of his students. I didn't even realise how the session passed so quickly as we were talking about music, hobbies etc and learning to make coffee at the same! I highly recommend First shot barista training!

    Munia Khan Disha

    My friend and I chose the Job Hunting course and it was fantastic. Le Nguyen was an amazing leader and showed us everything we needed to know to become junior baristas (milk steaming, latte art, correct dosages, ect). Definitely recommend him!!

    Gilbert Lin

    Would definitely recommend FSBT & especially Mr. Lee to anyone who is starting their barista career. Lee knew what my flaws were and amazingly built up my self-esteem. He gave out literally all his experience to me so that I could get my dream job. A huge shout out to Lee! If you are taking your first few steps to your barista career, slide to Lee or FSBT’s dm straight away.

    ANN HO

    Highly recommend this amazing place for anyone who wants to become barista. Thank to enthusiastic trainer- Nguyen Le, he knows exactly what is my mistake and then explain it in the simple way for me to understand. I am so grateful for your instruction when I make coffee and latte art. After job hunting course, you will become professional barista. I promise that you won’t regret when join this course.

    AI VAN NGUYEN

    Highly recommend this place to start your coffee journey. The course was filled by excitement and laugh 😂 but still provide more than enough basic theory and practice. The mentor (Mr. Le) is about super duper friendly who have more than 6 years working with beans. I ensure you will become an actual skillful barista after the class.❤️

    TUAN KIET

    Definitely recommended! After taking the course, I got a new job. The trainer is amazing, with positive energy, and rich knowledge of coffee. Before taking the course, I felt unconfident and never made the milk right. But after only a few minutes with the trainer, I did the milk perfectly, even latte art became easy for me. I sent the deposit before the course started, and when the course ended Nguyen Le didn't even ask me to pay the rest amount of the fee (80%), only when I found the job, I can pay him back. How nice he is.

    Hang Pham Diem Le

    I’d love to recommend the “Tasting course” to someone who is a beginner but has strong passion in coffee like me. I got 4 hours of training by @simon_barista and it was really worthy. I love the way that green coffee beans were roasted, ground, brewed then come to my taste. Simon is a very knowledgeable and professional trainer who I was encouraged so much from. Thank you guys for inspiring me to be a good coffee lover and a happy barista in the future 🤩

    VU THI PHUONG

    Lee is a great and enthusiastic trainer. He is so friendly, cute and so so so helpful! I took the Job Hunt course and it was amazing. Not only learning about barista and specialty coffee, but I also experienced the real work place made up by him for us to practice. Finally I’ve got a job just 2 weeks after the training. All in all, the fee is reasonable and I received more values than what I had expected. Highly recommend First Shot Barista Training for people who are passionate about coffee and goal to get jobs in this field!

    NHU BUI

    Truly reckon!! This course is not only for who just started but it also for those wanna learn overall or details about coffee and barista techniques. Le, my trainer, tried to use the most understandable concepts and knowledge to mentor trainees. Fully equiped with modern machines and practical course.

    TU ANH

    This is one of the best centre in Syd. I highly recommend to do barista course with FirstShot Barista Training... The trainers are so kind, helpful... especially Nguyen Le ,he helped me how to become a good barista... I have got the job after doing the course.. Thank u again

    Somsanouk Phoumixay

    Highly recommend First Shot Barista Training. I never thought that I can do almost every drink after only 8 hours training. The course was intense, fun and practical as we had chance to practice with the machine solo and in team. Thanks to Mr.Lee (our teacher)'s 1-on-1 feedback, we are getting better through every cup we have made. It is recommended for who wants to learn how to be a barista quickly and practically which could be easily applied in real coffee shops.

    HA DO

    I couldn't be happier about my training with Simon! I found his information really valuable and I would recommend this course to anyone who wants to update their knowledge about coffee standards in Australia or who is just starting their career as a barista 🙂

    Jenna Pietikäinen

    It's an excellent course with a great teacher! The place is really quiet and beautiful. If you want to be a barista in Australia you have to do this course!

    Pablo Vila

    Had a blast learning some latte art with Le. Super professional, super funny, would 100% recommend this place! Thanks again Le!

    Alex Esquivel

    My husband and I took a course with Simon (while on extended travels) and had an absolutely FANTASTIC experience that was tailored to our interests and wants (we discussed a lot about coffee variety, processes, etc. since we’re more hobbyists and potentially interested in opening a shop vs. becoming baristas). We also honed our skills in pulling espresso shots and got to dabble in latte art (which has always eluded us). We can’t speak highly enough of the experience and hope to take another class soon - a true highlight of our travels!

    Melissa Litwack

    Any barista course doesnt compares to this excellent experiencie. The place is great, staff is awesome and i‘ve learn a lot. Thank you very much!

    Bruno Papini

    Totally recommended!!!! there is no word to describe all the enthusiasm of Le, he is an amazing trainer ever! Le supported me a lot with his experiences. With only 4hrs training, I've got a bunch of skills and knowledge about coffee that more than expected❤ great training - wonderful trainer - awesome place for someone want to learn about coffee✌.

    Lita Hoang

    Le is so fantastic trainer! I just had 4 hours for training with Le, but he was so enthusiastic and passionate. I could feel during the course. I did not feel stressful, he created a comfortable atmosphere to generate motivation for me. I have got a bunch of knowledge and skills for coffee.

    Đỗ Thảo Phương

    The best coffee training ever ! I did the 4 Hours discovery training and learned a lot about coffee, Australian coffees standards and know how to make shot and simple cafe art! Highly recommended for you first step in coffee world !

    Laurie Villon

    Le is a really responsible and helpful teacher. This training gave me exactly what I want, I have a more particular knowledge of making coffee .thanks a lot

    PAN YAN

    Highly recommend for those who truly want to become a barista and get a good job. Le and Simon are awesome trainers. They are very enthusiastic, funny, friendly and have many experiences in this industry to share with you. Thanks to them, now I know a barista requires so many things other than just making a cup of coffee or a certificate. Once again, thank you First Shot for inspiring me and hopefully, you can inspire more and more people.

    Duc Anh Pham

    A big thank you to my barista trainer Nguyen Le First Shot Barista Training. A fantastic teacher!! I am not a coffee person but after meeting with Nguyen Le, the things I've learnt about coffee making in 4 hrs made me feel very passionate about the art of making a nice cup of coffee. Once again thank you!!!

    Vu Le

    His course helps me a lot to gain coffee making skills and knowledge about different kinds of coffee. Besides, I had a lot of time to practice in a professional environment. Furthermore, after the course the trainers also support me in looking for a job and with their support I got the job straight. Thank you Le for support me a lot and demonstrate how to steam milk and make coffee properly so many times. Thank you Simon for offering me a job

    win phan

    Highly recommended for anyone who wants to be a truly barista, the place is awesome, the course is fantastic. I specially appreciate staff Le, he taught me a lots with all enthusiasm, in the hardest part of learning as latte art, he guided me step by step and show me the easiest way to learn, as well as the pressure he created to push all my potential in improving. At last i can completely make the basic latte art. Trust me, this place is greatest place for barista, worth your money and time.

    long La

    Fantastic one on one coffee course. A big thank you to Lee for showing me techniques and knowledge needed to become a barista. You were very professional, knowledgeable, friendly and inspirational trainer. I would highly recommend this course to anyone wanna be a barista !!!!! Thank you again!

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    First Shot Barista Training
    Philosophy

    Our team and network in the industry will ensure the best for you and your business. We have helped 1000’s+ baristas and cafe owners up-skill their brewing, latte art or sensory.

    VISION

    To bridge the gap between people seeking to work in coffee and cafés looking for professional staff

    MISSION

    Structure the way coffee making is being taught & convey knowledge more efficiently

    COURSES

    We offer efficient, affordable and professional barista course for people in Sydney to get their

    Learn at your own pace with comprehensive class time
    While most foundational courses offer a short four hours, it can be hard to grasp the basics in coffee-making, let alone master these skills in practice. Our classes are between 4-20 hours and spread across a few days to a few weeks according to your schedule.

    We provide a tiered progression so that our training moves at a speed that suits your learning curve. Depending on the course, you’ll learn the basics of foundational coffee-making and machine maintenance to more advanced coffee theory. For baristas looking to expand their knowledge, our advanced training provides education in coffee tasting, developing your palate to understand different coffee profiles.
    Boost your employability in cafés and coffee roasteries
    Education is key in enabling you to reach your potential in the industry, and a strong understanding of coffee is a highly employable skill.

    Our foundational classes deliver a high success rate of 90% for those looking to become a barista and our advanced courses equip baristas with the knowledge and tools to reach their potential as coffee tasters, managers and café owners.
    Conveniently located in the heart of the CBD
    Our coffee course in Sydney provides training across all metropolitan areas, from the Eastern Suburbs and the Inner West to the Northern Beaches, Sutherland Shire and the Western suburbs.

    Easily accessible for those working in the city or travelling on the train line, our training centre is located in the CBD. We’re just steps away from Central Station and close to a number of bus stops. We regularly maintain our facilities and have implemented a safety policy to ensure that we deliver a clean and safe learning space.
    Choose a course that suits you
    We offer three tiers of coffee training in Sydney, covering foundational learning for those looking to begin a career as a barista, upskill or progress into more specialised roles in the industry.

    First Shot Barista Training puts your needs first

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    Train in Modern & Cafe-like Setup

    We proudly provide you with state of the art machines & equipment used by most cafes in sydney to ensure you are 100% confident while acting your trail.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Is your Sydney barista course accredited and are you an RTO?
    While we’re not RTO, we have found that employers do not take this into account when looking for a barista. Employers seek the practical skills that our Sydney barista training provides, and our professionals are armed with a wealth of industry experience that will equip you with the right knowledge and expertise for the job. We focus our training on delivering a holistic understanding of the industry and ensuring that you can produce a great cup of coffee.
    How can I get a job after barista coffee training in Sydney?
    Whether you’re looking to become a barista or would like to move into management positions, our beginner and advanced courses have a proven track record of job success. Not only do we arm you with a wealth of practical skills and theoretical understanding, but we provide great job training to set you up for a great career in the café industry.

    Our trainers and business consultants will also provide you with a tailored resume to take to your next job interview, as well as several interview tips and tricks to maximise your chances of getting your ideal barista job. Explore our blogs for great industry insider tips, recipes and advice from our professional trainers.
    How do I enrol?
    We’ve made it easy to sign up for our barista courses in Sydney online. Simply explore our easy-to-use website, choose between our Job Ready, Discovery or Advanced Training courses and click the book now button. If you would like more information on our courses, don’t hesitate to get in contact with us and fill out our online enquiry form.
    Where is your Sydney barista school located?
    We’re conveniently located in the heart of the CBD, at 647 George St, Haymarket, NSW. Whether you’re working in the city or travelling on public transport, we are a few steps from Central Station, bus stops and the light rail.
    How long are your Sydney coffee classes?
    Our course hours will depend on which training program you choose, for example our Job Hunting course provides 8 hours of comprehensive learning, which are broken up into two, 4-hour sessions. You can also upgrade to our 20-hour lessons to solidify your learning and become a master barista.
    How much does your barista coffee class in Sydney cost?
    As one of the most affordable barista schools in Sydney, we offer a flexible payment system and accept a range of payment methods. For more information on our competitively priced courses, our barista trainers will be more than happy to provide a comprehensive price breakdown.
    Can I book for a group Sydney barista class?
    Tailoring our approach to each client, we are flexible in the way we deliver our Sydney barista coffee training. While we aim to keep our classes between 2-4 people, we also take larger group bookings to facilitate staff development training for businesses as well as those looking to learn with their friends.
    How far in advance do I need to book?
    Our trainers are active in the hospitality industry, consistently improving their knowledge of coffee-making. For this reason, we require that you book our Sydney coffee course a minimum of two weeks in advance to allow us to schedule the best barista trainers for the job.
    What is the difference between your beginner and advanced coffee classes in Sydney?
    Our tiered approach to coffee training is designed to meet you at your skill level. If you’re looking to learn the basics of coffee-making and machine operation, our Job Hunting course will equip you with a great foundation as a barista.

    For those looking to progress into management positions, head barista roles and café ownership, our Advanced Training is designed to broaden your understanding of the coffee industry, brewing science and superior knowledge of espresso machines and grinders. It will also equip you with a refined coffee tasting palate so that you can play a role in sourcing coffee and choosing quality blends for your business.
    What type of machines will I learn on?
    We’ve designed our barista coffee classes in Sydney to ensure that you can walk into any café and feel confident operating the espresso machine. You will learn about the most widely used espresso machines and grinders so that you can easily adapt to a variety of café conditions.

    Our state-of-the-art La Marzocco and Sanremo espresso machines are an industry favourite. You will also fine-tune your understanding of coffee grinders using leading brands like Mazzer, Robur, Mythos and Ek43 at our training centres.