As the specialty coffee industry grows, employment opportunities rise (which is AWESOME) and now there are numerous brilliant barista courses in South Africa. Becoming a barista empowers men and women to enter the hospitality industry and further their education and skills.
So let’s take a look at a few barista courses in South Africa and maybe this list will help you take the next step to training as a barista.
Colombo Coffee offer a number of fantastic courses at their factory. Click on the options below to read more about each course.
Origin Coffee was my first experience of specialty coffee and when I was a student in CT I started favouring Origin Coffee over any other coffee. That’s where the coffee snob in me came out I think. Many of my friends who have done a barista course in CT have gone through Origin Coffee so read more about what their barista course entails.
Truth Coffee also have a barista school and they offer 3 unique courses. Take a look below.
Bean There Coffee is a well known place to train as a barista in Joburg so here are their details for you. There is not much information on their website but they train all over Joburg so drop them a mail or stop in at one of their roasteries.
A newbie in Joburg and SUCH a rad place to visit is Urban Grind Roasters. They have plenty of training options, check it out.
If you are looking for a course in the North of Joburg, take a look at Africa Black Espresso Bar in Northriding. They offer a latte art course and a barista training course. All the details are on their website.
Midrand – Pretoria
Vintage Coffee is one of my favourite spots in Gauteng. Vintage Coffee is a non-profit coffee shop and every month they give their profits to a charity chosen by their customers. Vintage Coffee offer a barista training so take a look at their website and contact them if you’re in that area of South Africa.
TriBeCa is also a highly recommended spot to do your barista course. Take a look at their website for contacts at their Centurion factory. TriBeCa are the brilliant crew that have been training the Woolworths baristas (and how great has W Cafe’s coffee got).
Mastertons is a well known brand in the PE area and they are committed to excellence when it comes to sourcing, roasting and training. Contact them here for more info.
Another recommended course is with Roast Master’s Coffee Academy. Take a look at their courses here.
The Ciro Coffee Academy also offer a number of brilliant courses around South Africa. If you want to enter the hotel industry and want to add to your hospitality skills take a look at Ciro’s training courses here.
These are but a few courses to start looking at. If you’ve done a course somewhere else please comment below with how you found the course and contact details.
I’m keen on the courses in Cape Town. Just want to make a nice coffee at home and learn to make those cool patterns with the foam. Which course would you recommend, Origin or Truth?
Hi Dilshad. Thanks for the comment. It depends on what you are using to make coffee at home. Both their courses will teach you to make espresso coffee and latte art. The costs are similar so it would just depend on when you are available. I am a huge fan of Origin Coffee and know quite a few people who have done courses through them.
I so need help regarding a barista courae is there a special price for senior citizens as I gave a son who cannot find work and wants to be a coffee barista as ge can get a job in Istanbul. Please can you help me.
Good day. I am not aware of any senior citizen rates however it would be best for you to contact the above mentioned and liaise with them directly. All the best.
Thuli Mac says
Oh my. Thank you so much for the list. I love your website too!! 🙂 Thuli Mac| TooAndALee.com
Thanks so much Thuli! Your comment has made my day. Took a look at your site too, well done. Love the design and feel of it.
Hi there I am wanting to do a barista course and wondering how it would work and how much it’s costs for the beginner and advanced
Hi Jessica. For more info about the courses you can click on the links in the above post to contact the coffee shops & roasters directly.
Daniel Rushton says
Good evening Philipa,
I stay in Pietermaritzburg in Kwa-Zulu Natal. Do you have any recommendations for courses around this of the world?
Hi Daniel. I don’t know any in PMB but you can chat to the guys at Terbodore Coffee (Curry’s Post) or Ground Coffee House in Hilton. They may have more info for you.
azita rahmani says
I m azita from iran.
plz tell me how can i register in barista course and how much its costs for beginner
Hi Azita. Depending on where you are located you can contact one of the above coffee shops who will assist further.
I’m currently residing in Umhlanga, and I’ve checked the link to Colombo Coffee’s training page and it seems it has been removed. Do you know of any places in Umhlanga that would provide proper barista training?
You should definitely add Heavenly Coffees as a recommendation in Pretoria too,
the friendliest staff, the best coffee and just.so.much.care
I went in knowing nothing,came out knowing SO much, I went to do other courses and realized so many were leaving out crucial details, tips and tricks
10/10 would recommend them!
p.s their lunch provided is just as good as the coffee! double win!
Nancy Mbaura says
want to go for barista training
Hi Nancy. That’s great. You can contact one of these coffee shops directly to ask about their current courses.