Coffee College

Coffee CollegeWe’ve designed our Coffee College courses to give you and your staff the knowledge needed to provide top-shelf service with expert industry knowledge. These courses cover key areas of your coffee & specialty beverage program.

Our staff of coffee industry professionals designed each course to present their collective experience in comprehensive, hands-on lessons. Learning about the specialty coffee industry’s many facets requires many different classes, and here at Stockton Graham & Co. we have an expert to help you with any area.

We also offer Specialty Coffee Association-certified training as part of the SCA’s Coffee Skills Program. Designed to help coffee professionals expand their skills, these are classes are taught at our Dilworth Coffee Training Center in Raleigh NC, and include the SCA-Certified:

  • Introduction to Coffee
  • Barista Foundation and Barista Intermediate
  • Brewing Foundations, Brewing Intermediate and Brewing Professional

For full descriptions of the SCA-Certified courses and course schedule, visit our SCA Coffee Skills Program information page. Learn more about these courses from the Specialty Coffee Association or call 800.835.5943 to discuss registration for the options below.

Your Coffee College session is based on your needs:

Coffee & Espresso Basics (Coffee College 101) – Our most popular class, for general coffee and espresso knowledge and basic espresso drink preparation.

Brewing Fundamentals – Our foundational class for coffee brewing and extraction.

Cupping For Coffee Shop Owners – Sharing the coffee taste experience with your customers and staff is vital to educate them on the sensory differences in coffee. Our Cupping for coffee shop owners, offers hands on experience to prepare, present and conduct a cupping or tasting in a variety of retail settings.

Cafe Equipment Cleaning & Maintenance – An introductory course to educate a coffee shop owner on the basic operation of coffee shop equipment, including basic troubleshooting and periodic maintenance.

Exploring Blends – Creating a new signature blend for your coffee shop can be both educational and fun for both staff and customers. During this session, our instructor shares with you several methods we have used to create new blends for our customers.

Specialty Beverage Basics – A fundamental course on preparing specialty beverages including espresso, iced , blended and non coffee hand-crafted, made to order drinks. Participants will gain insight into basic proportions, flavor combinations, tips, costing and pricing of a variety of common coffeehouse drinks.

Our Coffee College instructors come from a variety of backgrounds and expertise within the coffee industry and include the Specialty Coffee Association-certified trainer, Brady Butler. Most trainers are Specialty Coffee Association of America volunteers and judges, Gold Cup technicians, Roasters Guild members, Barista Guild of America members, certified baristas and more!

Stockton Graham & Co’s Coffee College courses are held on site at our facility, but options are available to travel to your location for cuppings or workshops with large groups or for on location staff training utilizing your equipment.

No one provides better customer service than an employee who is knowledgeable about their product and industry. Read our Blog on the importance of training in the coffee industry and how our Coffee College assists in achieving training to help you differentiate your coffee business.