Course & Certification

Baristas of the third wave have transformed pour-over and batch brewed filter coffee from a culture of the bottomless cup, into a specialisation that parallels the achievements of the wine industry. Percolation brew methods allow us to produce our most velvety and clarified brews which is what makes this style of coffee beverage, the most thirst quenching and delicious of them all. The Percolation course is an exploration of the art and science of gravity fed, drip coffee in all its guises.

What’s in each Chapter?

The Percolation Course & Certification is structured across seven chapters. Chapter One is dedicated to the mechanics of percolation and the physical effects of glass, ceramic or plastic filter cones and filter papers. These essential lessons take you through every step in producing consistent batch brew and pour-over coffee.

In Chapter Two we discuss the best practice for weighing beverages, tracking temperature profiles and the interaction between time and grind settings. Then in Chapter Three, we look at the complex variables of turbulence, bed depth and flow. We take a look at how the success of these interactions can help to counteract channelling.

In Chapter four and five we look at batch brew machine programming and the brew cycle. We also take a close look at filter paper materials and manufacturing. Then we look at how to manage against limescale and corrosion of our equipment. Chapter six follows up with a close examination in best practice for holding coffee in the commercial environment. We put established theories to the test in experiments and blind tastings.

The course concludes with a run down in management strategies for costing, hygiene and station management. We also cover staff efficiency and show you strategies to help you streamline your brewing techniques to help you keep pace in a busy commercial environment. 

At the end of the final chapter, we then come to the final assessment. This challenging quiz is designed to make sure you understand every important learning outcome.

All of our courses and certifications are available through BH Unlimited as a monthly subscription or as a single course purchase, giving you access for life!

Price: USD 129,-

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What happens after I buy the course?
After purchase, you will gain a membership on this website granting you access to the course.

Is the course online?
Yes, the course is 100% online! All you need is a computer or mobile device and an internet connection. You don’t need to be in Australia to take the course.

How long does it take to complete the course?
The course will take maximum 30 hours if you include text, video explanations, assessments, and at-home experiments. Once the chapters are available to you, you can access them at any time forever.

What do I get?
You get lifetime access to 46 lessons, over 14 videos and animations, and a Barista Hustle Accredited Certificate upon completion of the course.

How hard is the course?
The course includes many technical elements but was written with new baristas in mind. The videos dive into more difficult concepts and explain them further. The comprehension tests at the end of each chapter will also help you to apply these concepts to everyday coffee making.

What if I have questions?
Email us at [email protected] and we’ll answer your questions as quickly as possible!

What is the certification process?
You have to complete each lesson and comprehension test, then pass the final assessment (80% or higher) to achieve certification. Proof of certification will be located on the BH site. You’ll be able to share the link with prospective employers. Your certificate is also printable.

Can I share the course with my friends?
Each user will have to pay for their own access to the course. We reserve the right to limit the number of IP addresses that access the course for each account and revoke access.

Is there live tutoring or webinars available?
In our efforts to make this course affordable and accessible to all Baristas, we’ve opted to make the content always accessible and non-interactive.

How long do I have access?
You pay once and have lifetime access.

Do I have to be a Barista Hustle subscriber to take the course?
Nope! Anyone can buy access to the course.

Can I retake the test if I don’t pass?
You have unlimited resits on the test.

Is it mobile-friendly?

What’s the refund policy?
If you’re not happy with the course, we’ll give you a full refund. Simple.

Do I need an espresso machine, refractometer, or any other special equipment?
No. We’ve designed this course to help everyone that works with espresso-based coffee drinks, regardless of their equipment. Practicing the manoeuvres and designs required for latte art may prove difficult without access to a machine, however.

Is it suitable for beginner-level home or service baristas?
If you can hold a portafilter — this course if for you.

Is it only offered in English?
For now, yes. We are working on making translations available in several languages later on down the line. Stay tuned!

The course is limited to one IP address. Can I sign in from multiple devices?
Yes! Multiple devices or locations are okay, but we’re mainly on the lookout for large-scale abuse.