In How to Roast Coffee, Barista Hustle teams up with Scott Rao — the world’s preeminent coffee roasting consultant. This online course will teach you a complete methodology for roasting coffee and for setting your own roastery. This course is relevant to beginners and professionals alike. To begin with, How to Roast Coffee provides you with advice on how to choose a roasting space and how to set up your own roastery. Next, we give you advice on fire safety; pollution control, and green storage. Then as the course progresses the course focuses on tuning your roasting machine — everything from finding the optimal RPM and airflow, to ensuring your burners are working safely and efficiently.
As you navigate this course and certification, you will gain an understanding of how different roast parameters such as temperature and time affect the development of your coffee beans. We detail the best practices for managing your roasts; avoiding bean surface burning; and for implementing a dependable between batch protocol to ensure every roast batch you produce is as good as it can possibly be.
This course will be released in biweekly instalments beginning with a Prologue called Getting Set Up. The course and all its subsequent updates can be purchased upfront with lifetime access, with links to new lessons delivered into your inbox every two weeks until the final lessons are published in mid 2023. BH Unlimited subscribers have advanced access to these lessons.
About Scott Rao
Scott Rao started his first cafe-roastery in Amherst, MA when he was 22. That business quickly became an institution, serving well over 1000 customers per day whilst tripling the sales volume of the Starbucks down the street. Scott’s next career move took him on a fact finding mission in the New Zealand coffee industry. He then returned to the US to open a restaurant and coffee roastery inspired by his travels in the antipodes. Scott later founded a pioneering cafe in Montreal that influenced coffee making worldwide.
Upon selling his second business, Scott began writing books about coffee making in the hopes of helping roasters and baristas become more educated and systematic in their approach to coffee. Scott parlayed those books into a consulting career and now spends his time consulting for coffee roasters around the world, teaching the world’s most advanced roasting masterclasses, and designing next-generation coffee equipment.
Scott Rao is the world’s preeminent coffee roasting consultant. His five books about brewing, espresso and coffee roasting, together with his frequent masterclasses and popular coffee blog have reshaped the way all baristas and roasters approach their coffee.
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 25 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 five chapters, 12 videos 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 (75% 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 cupping spoon — 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.