Course curriculum

  • 1

    Chapter 1

    • Before we get started...

    • Welcome!

    • North Star - An Introduction


    • Chapter 1 Recap Quiz

  • 2

    Chapter 2

    • From Bean to Cup - Part 1

    • From Bean to Cup - Part 2

    • From Bean to Cup - Part 3

    • Chapter 2 Recap Quizz

  • 3

    Chapter 3

    • What is Ethical Coffee?

    • The C Market

    • Certification

    • Direct Trade

    • North Star Ethics Poster

    • Sustainability Quiz

  • 4

    Chapter 4

    • Roasting, what is it all about?!

    • Roasting demonstration and impact on flavour

    • Chapter 4 Recap Quiz

  • 5

    Chapter 5

    • An introduction to tasting!

    • Time for the dry fragrance...

    • Breaking the crust and the SLURP...

    • Taste with Hols

    • Chapter 5 Recap Quiz

  • 6

    Chapter 6

    • Espresso, milk steaming and latte art

    • Milk Technique

    • Drink Specifications

    • Espresso Brew Guide

    • Chapter 6 Recap Quiz

  • 7

    Chapter 7

    • Filter Coffee - brew-a-long!

    • Filter to Your Tastes

    • Filter Brew Guides

    • Chapter 7 Recap Quiz

  • 8

    Chapter 8

    • Troubleshooting part 1

    • Troubleshooting part 2

    • Troubleshooting part 3

    • Bloopers!


  • How do I get started with the course?

    It's simple! Once you have your log in details you are ready to go! Once you are ready to commence the course, please get in touch with us at to request the practical resource box you will need for Chapter 5 and 7. You do not need the box for the first few chapters so you can begin the course without it. It is important to request the box as close as possible to commencing the course to ensure the coffee samples we send you stay as fresh as possible.

  • Do I have to complete the course over 8 weeks?

    Not at all! You can do it in your own time - we do recommend spacing the content a little between chapters to ensure you retain as much information as possible but you can complete it as slowly or as quickly as you want - once you have your login details, you have the course for life :)

  • I am interested in learning Barista Skills, is this course for me?

    This course is an introduction to all aspects of coffee which means we detail the basics about each area of the industry from growing to roasting to cupping to brewing. All baristas require a good base of knowledge to be effective in that role and in that instance, this course is absolutely for you! The Barista sections we cover will look briefly at how to make an effective espresso and filter coffee and there are plenty of pdf resources that are also useful here. If you are looking for a specific Barista course which is more in depth, please get in touch with us by emailing and expressing your interest.

Ready to get started?

Time to commence your journey into the wonderful world of coffee :)