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Sydney's Leading Barista Training Courses

At First Shot Barista Training, we understand how competitive the coffee market is in Australia.

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, mastering your workflow and creating latte art.

We are the first coffee school in Australia to help our students connect with cafes. We do not only teach beginners but also do a lot of competition coaching, green bean buying, quality control & business consultation.

At our core, we prioritise integrity over hype.

The Experience Our Alumni Had With Us

What We Consider Basic, Others Call Advanced.
Our Quality Far Exceeds The Rest.

Champions in coffee-making
We are not just coffee lovers; we are competitors, coaches, green bean buyers, and business consultants.

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
Our barista coffee training in Sydney is designed for employees at all experience levels to confidently prepare specialty coffee. Our holistic approach covers practical skills like brewing science, maintenance, latte art, and workflow as well as hospitality skills to help you succeed in interviews.

We have a strict scoring system to ensure quality; we don't just hand out certificates.
State-of-the-art training facilities
Our Sydney barista training centre, set in a bright, modern space, replicates the look and feel of an Australian café.

Unlike other centers that only have one type of machine or very outdated equipment, you'll gain hands-on experience with a variety of widely used espresso machines and grinders, including La Marzocco, Sanremo, Mazzer, Robur, Mythos, Anfim, and Ek43. Mastering these models will enable you to easily transfer your 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 six 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

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.


    Advanced Latte Art


    Over Hype

    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, sensory and latte art


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


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


    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

    We Train, Compete, Coach & Repeat

    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.

    Only For Serious Learners

    First Shot Barista Training is not only a training center but also a community.

    Training with First Shot is very unique. We believe the fun comes from being able to find the job that you love and having the confidence to join the workforce, not taking photos or hyping like other centers. Our training is very intense and focused, coupled with a strict scoring system that covers not only coffee making but also consistent latte art, workflow, customer service, and machine maintenance.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Why is your beginner course so expensive?
    For the quality we offer, our courses are very cheap!

    Imagine paying $150-$300 for a quick 2-5 hour course with 10 other people, old machines, and hardly any milk to practice. After that, all you get is a piece of paper and no real coffee skills. That is expensive for nothing.

    Now, with us, it's different. We give you over 14+ hours of training in small groups of 2-6, using very expensive equipment and all the coffee and milk you need to practice. Plus, if you're a Premium student, you get an extra 3 months to practice – something others charge $50 an hour for. We even help you find a job with our partners and job hunting platform https://firstshotbaristatraining.com.au/find-a-barista/, using part of your fee to support your own job search.

    Try to find another place offering all this for less than $1000. Good luck! Beside, our advanced courses are only between $99-$150 in a small group (2-6) students which are also more affordable than any other centers. We care for you!

    Is it easy to get a job? Is one course enough?
    It really depends on how quickly you can pick things up. According to feedback from café owners, our barista trainees often have better skills than experienced ones.

    People who've taken cheap $150-$300 courses in big groups for 3-5 hours often tell us they regret it and are thankful for what we offer, which is a hundred times better than what they learned before.

    We hear the same from those who spent $800-$1000 on private 1-on-1 or 1-on-2 classes elsewhere.

    Will you help me find a job? Do you guarantee a job?
    No, we don't. If any school promises you a job, be cautious.

    Most of our students find a job within 1-2 weeks after training. Some who aren't naturally talented may take 1-2 months, but we offer extra self-practice, which no other school in Australia does, especially for Premium students. In rare cases, 1-2 students might struggle because they don't try hard enough or due to personal reasons.

    When you invest in a better service provider like us, it improves your chances of finding a job but does not guarantee a job. It's similar to paying $40k for university, where they don't guarantee a job either.

    Hence, we created this platform (the first and the only in Australia) to help our students https://firstshotbaristatraining.com.au/find-a-barista/. And this is just a fraction of what we do to help our students to find a job. Again, if anyone guarantees you a job, be cautious.

    Where is the training studio located?
    Our training room is located at 647 George St, Haymarket, NSW 2000. We are steps away from Central Station.
    Do I need to have some experience?
    Nope, you don't need any experience beforehand. Actually, it's better if you don't have any because then we can teach you everything from scratch without you having to unlearn stuff from other places.
    Will I get a RTO certificate?
    Nope, you won't get an RTO certificate because it doesn't mean much. We only provide a certificate of completion for those who score 75/100 on the final test.

    When it comes to hiring baristas, it's simple. You'll either make a few cups of coffee or help the head barista for a while. The owner decides based on how well you do and what you know, not if you have a certificate or lots of experience.

    Certificates can make employers think you don't have real experience. You can buy one for about $200 in a short class with lots of people and old machines, but bosses don't like that.

    Our training is way better. We spend over 14 hours with small groups of 2 to 6 people, using new equipment and as much coffee and milk as you need. Plus, we give you 3 more months to practice on your own (Premium only) . We teach everything from making coffee to art and how to treat customers well.

    Our students often get better at it than people with lots of experience.

    I only want to learn latte art to find a job. Is it okay?
    No, that's a misconception about baristas.

    Latte art is indeed important to some extent. However, cafe owners never ask for squirrels or horses, which are arguably not good for coffee.

    What they need are baristas who can consistently deliver good coffee with latte art during busy hours.

    In fact, our basic latte art (Heart, Tulip & Wing Tulip) is equivalent to advanced latte art at other places. Just look at our baristas on https://firstshotbaristatraining.com.au/find-a-barista/.

    Although our students excel in latte art compared to others, we focus more on real skills such as extraction and workflow, which are more crucial.

    Moreover, it all comes down to training methodology. Our students can achieve very good latte art after 1-2 hours of training, while we often see students from other places struggling after 10-16 hours due to poor teaching methodology.

    Again, latte art is so easy to teach but we value other skills better.