We're proud to offer courses from the Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) as well as Food Safety and Regulatory courses and Skill Building Courses. Check out our courses below and use this helpful download to create or find your SCA Learner Number:
Diedrich Roaster training
Firedancer Coffee Consultants is the official education partner for Diedrich Roasters. See our Education Registration page for more details.
SCA COFFEE SKILLS PROGRAM
INTRODUCTION TO COFFEE
This is an ideal module for anyone who is new to the coffee industry or just has an interest in this wonderful drink. It charts coffee’s journey from its origins in Ethiopia to the major commodity it is today, enjoyed by millions of people around the world
Designed to hone core barista skills for people of all experience levels, starting from the basics and working up through a professional level. Students will receive a detailed understanding of their ingredients and of the techniques available to make their drinks amazing.
This course covers key concepts surrounding green coffee from growing the plant, through processing, shipping and storage to arrival at a roastery. This is ideal for those looking to gain an insight into the broad subject matter of green coffee.
Students will learn to recognize the core concepts of sensory analysis and explain how coffee professionals use it in the coffee industry. The focus will be on identifying, describing, and discriminating objectively aroma, taste, and body in coffees.
This 3-level course is designed to refine roasting skills from understanding the terminology to learning the chemical reactions involved in the roasting process. Students will undergo a sensory evaluation of different roasting profiles in the 4-day professional level.
Students will learn how to grind and brew recipes, how to scientifically measure coffee extraction, and how to navigate the Brewing Control Chart. Intended for coffee professionals who want to hone their techniques for the best coffee possible.
Food Safety / regulatory courses
FOOD SAFETY 101 (FSMA) - Webinar
Firedancer Coffee Consultants is providing this complimentary Food Safety 101 webinar. This 1-hour program will provide you an overview of food safety, its history, regulations, and scientific aspects. If you've ever asked yourself, "Which regulations apply to me?" or "What are my next steps?", this webinar is for you.
Complimentary webinar. The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) includes the Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP), which requires companies to assess their foreign supply chain of food production and implement new programs to meet and achieve compliance. If you have asked yourself, "Does this regulation apply to me?" or "What are my next steps?", this webinar is for you.
A comprehensive, 2-day course. This training will include comprehensive coverage of FDA GMPs and CGMPs, systematic methods of conducting Hazard Analysis for Preventive Controls and HACCP, organization, and deployment of your company's Food Safety Team, and the development of your FSMA/HACCP Food Safety Plan.
Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP) certification course for exporters, growers, importers, and those roasters doing direct trade. This is an 8-module course, taught over 8 weeks. We will not only review the law and what you need to have in place, but the module will be spent reviewing templates and creating a mock FSVP plan together.
SKILL BUILDING WORKSHOPS
DEVELOPING YOUR COFFEE VOCABULARY
The SCA Flavor wheel is a tool designed to unify the language around coffee flavor. This class describes the development and science behind the wheel. Participants will learn how the World Coffee Research Sensory Lexicon was formed and how to use the lexicon alongside the wheel.
INTRODUCTION TO COFFEE CUPPING
The SCA cupping protocol is an industry-standard for coffee evaluation. Learn how & why it was developed, understand the difference between smell and taste, use terminology to describe different attributes of coffee and finish with a full SCA cupping with coffee from 4 different regions of the world