Coffee School

As follows are the student courses of instruction outline, seminars and services that are currently being offered through the ECBCS.

Prices reflect per student rates:


5 day Retail Business and Specialty Coffee School ($2500.00)

The ECBCS offers a 5-day Retail Business and Specialty Coffee training program. This program provides new entrepreneurs entering the specialty coffee industry with a solid foundation of retail business instruction and hands-on coffee training in a real-world environment. This course exposes the student to the realities of independent coffee shop operations, management and ownership.

Each student will be required to pass both an academic exam demonstrating a comprehensive understanding of the presented material and have successfully met our standard for whole-shop operations and management. Each student will receive a certificate of achievement upon the completion of the course during the graduation ceremony.

The school will have a class graduating every week, with as many as (12) twelve students per class. The classes will run on the following schedules:

Schedule One Retail Business and Coffee School: Monday – Thursday 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Schedule Two Café Boot Camp: Friday 6:00 AM – 3:00 PM


3 day Specialty Coffee School ($1500.00)

This is a 3-day intensive training program that provides currently employed baristas intensive training that is in alignment with the ECBCS protocols. Students will have interactive instruction in the fundamentals of the coffee school. Class size is limited so each student receives tailored instruction dealing with his or her skill level or previous training. The course is designed specifically for those baristas new to specialty coffee or in need of remedial training. Curriculum includes many of the elements of the specialty coffee portion of the 5-day course.

Who Should Attend: All employees who are new to specialty coffee, have had little or no professional training or are in need of a refresher course, as determined by the shop owner/management, should attend. In addition, any owner/management personnel who are concerned with the overall quality of the products they sell, from brewed coffee, espresso and non-coffee beverages to fast-casual foods should take the course.

Schedule One Coffee School: Wednesday – Thursday 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Schedule Two Café Boot Camp: Friday 6:00 AM – 3:00 PM


Competition Level Barista Training ($1000.00)

This 3-day Intensive program is designed to provide those baristas with experience in specialty coffee specific training and skill building as they train for either Regional or National Barista Competitions. Each participant is challenged to walk away with 10 ways to take them to the top of their performance. Typically this is not one big revelation, but rather little details that will make for a big difference in their overall results. Each attendee will receive fundamental techniques that will help perfect their program and lift their performance level.

David Haddock, Executive Director of the school and Judge of multiple Regional and United States Barista Competitions, personally conducts this training. David has spent his professional life in specialty coffee working to perfect the process of specialty coffee brewing and espresso extraction. HIs experience represents a tremendous source of knowledge for all aspects of building a successful competition routine through a process that offers an overall evaluation, skill by skill analysis and real-world, competition level pressure in an exact replica of a competition stage. This system teaches the pro-barista through repetition, muscle memory and applied pressure and coaching methods, habits they can use to perform their best in competition.

Who Should Attend: Any pro barista that exhibits a desire and willingness to compete in Regional or US Barista Competitions. At least 1 year of shop experience is required.

Competition Level Barista Training: Wednesday – Friday on a bi-monthly schedule
10:00 AM – 6:00 PM


2 day Culinary/Hospitality Specialty Coffee Course ($500.00)

Coffee quality is a very important component of any foodservice operation. While great coffee and espresso are easy to prepare and present for the optimum customer experience, too often just the opposite is true. Visit most any restaurant and you’ll find, for the most part, sub-standard, overpriced and bad tasting coffee. Restaurant and other foodservice patrons are becoming more sophisticated in how they expect coffee and espresso to taste. They are buying their own beans, attending classes and educating their palates more so than ever before. The U.S. coffee market has grown by 10 billion dollars annually in the last five years with the dominating sector being specialty coffee in retail shops. It stands to reason that the people that are buying those cups expect the same or better quality coffee when they dine out. The course of instruction outlined in this program is designed to address a very present need for an elaborate and intensive education in specialty coffee for both culinary students and professionals. By following a progression from basic to advanced instruction, the students will gain a complete knowledge of specialty coffee, not commercial coffee, and how to apply it effectively in a culinary setting.


Corporate Specialty Coffee Training ($TBD)

Larger corporations present a unique challenge when coffee quality becomes an issue. The ECBCS has the capacity to instruct corporate entities in quality management, proper sourcing, training documents and courses, store-level marketing and up-selling, best equipment selection and water quality. The school also continues to assist in corporate team building and special events.


Restaurant Staff Training ($100.00)

Restaurant staffs are usually some of the most poorly trained individuals that directly suggest, handle and present coffee to the customer. The experience, as we all know, could be great but usually is not. This 6-hour course is pointedly designed to eliminate bad habits and instill proper procedures and training for great coffee. Both brewed coffee and espresso are cover in this fast-paced but highly beneficial session.


Consumer Classes ($100.00)

Consumers are invited to attend a variety of classes that are fun, informative and interactive. Home Coffee Brewing, Home Espresso, Home Coffee Roasting are but a few of the courses available to the consumers in the region. Comparative cupping sessions held in the SCAA certified cupping lab take the consumer out of their world and into ours. By instructing them in the proper method of tasting coffee and allowing a small glimpse into the coffee industry more and more interest is gained and demand for better coffee is continued. The consumer market also will be able to buy great coffee beverages when the school is open to the public from 6:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. until 7:00p.m. on weekends.