The Water Course is a first of its kind, designed to give baristas and cafe owners everything they need to take charge of their water chemistry. Absorbing this information will help you save thousands in potential maintenance costs brought on by limescale and corrosion damage to coffee equipment. You will learn how to maintain and operate water filtration systems, and how to optimise your water to produce higher, juicier extractions.
What’s in Each Chapter?
The course is structured across five chapters and a detailed prologue. In the prologue, we get students up to speed with all the fundamentals of water chemistry and explain how minerals make it into our water. Chapter One teaches you everything you need to know to test your water’s hardness.
In Chapter Two we discuss everything else in water — contaminants, nutrient runoffs. In short, we cover every base so that you know exactly what;’s in your water and how it can potentially damage your coffee machine.
In Chapter three we learn how to use the powerful Langelier Saturation Index to make accurate predictions on what your water will do. We learn how to diagnose limescale and corrosion and how to avoid it.
In chapter four we learn how to take control of water’s mineral content and explore three available systems for manipulating water chemistry. After this chapter, you will be able to get your water exactly where you want it.
The course concludes with a rundown of the sensory implications of water chemistry. We look at innovations and research into how water can make coffee taste better. In the final chapter, we then come to the final assessment. This challenging quiz is designed to make sure you understand every important learning outcome.
Here is the full course syllabus: (Upload pending)
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 a maximum 20 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 seven chapters, 12 instructional videos, dozens of charts, glossaries, 19 000 words of text, 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.
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.