Barista Pathways

Gain Knowledge and Practiced Skill of a Top-Tier Barista

Save $200* by booking our Foundations +  Barista Level 1 Workshop.

Sign up for our workshop and knock out all of your classes and your practical exam for your Baritsa Level 1 Certificate.

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What is the Barista Level 1 Pathway?

Barista Level 1 lays the groundwork for basic espresso and milk preparation, while emphasizing the importance of coffee knowledge and customer service.

This workshop includes Foundations of Coffee + ALL  Level 1 classes required obtain your certificate, except the written exam, which is taken online through the SCAA. 

Level 1 training classes are available to attend with no prerequisite knowledge, skills, or class credits required (though some is recommended for specific classes). Standards established by the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) are introduced and used throughout Level 1, with an emphasis on knowledge, skills, and other attributes used in the specialty coffee workplace where coffee preparation is central. Currently, class credits do not expire and can be accumulated toward the Level 1 Certificate at the preferred pace of the learner.

To read more information on Level 1 coursework visit SCAAEDUCATION.ORG

Would you also like to obtain your Golden Cup Technician Certificate while your here?

Simply choose the optional Golden Tech ADD-ON when booking (eligible dates listed below). This ADD-ON is one extra day of Golden Cup Classes and Exams. This track is for the student who wants to gain advanced knowledge on brewing concepts and applications. For more information about the certificate you can read about it here.


Topeca's Foundations +  Barista Level 1 Workshop Bundle Price = $900

Price if you were to purchase these classes individually = $1,060*

Topeca's Golden Cup ADD-ON Price = $300

Price if you were to purchase these classes individually = $520*

*Price comparison based on SCAA membership pricing


CB100 – Seed to Cup
CP101 – Espresso and Milk Steaming Fundamentals Part 1
CP102 – Espresso and Milk Steaming Fundamentals Part 2
CP103 – Customer Service Essentials
CP151 – Brewing and Extraction Principles
CP152 – Brewing and Extraction Principles Applied
GE103 – Orientation to SCAA Cupping
EXM_BP1 – Barista Level 1 Practical Exam

Optional ADD-ON Classes (***on eligible dates)

CP158 - Golden Cup Brewing
CP255 - Brew Approaches and Variations
EXM_GP1 - Golden Cup Tech Practical Exam

Workshop Offerings

January 10-12***
February 6-8
March 7-9***
April 3-5
May 9-11***
June 5-7
July 11-13***
August 7-9

Will be transitioning  to SCA Barista Module after August 2017.

Save $255* by booking our Barista Level 2 Workshop.

Sign up for our workshop and knock out all your classes for your Barista Level 2 Certificate.

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What is the Barista Level 2 Certificate?

Gaining valuable expertise in the craft of great coffee drinks while developing real world skills in customer service techniques and on-the-bar efficiency, Level 2 Barista Pathway students will be presented with practical, advanced techniques to aid in their pursuit of espresso mastery. Students who complete Level 2 will be well prepared to lead behind the bar.

All coursework in Level 2 is at the 200-level, or ”Intermediate Level”, which, according to SCAA’s Definition of Levels is appropriate for the following students:

  • Students who have some experience and basic knowledge.
  • Students who are able to perform basic functions and are able to explain basic information.
  • Students who have taken beginning level classes. or are Level 1 Certified Barista.

For full coursework information visit SCAAEDUCATION.ORG


Topeca's Barista Level 2 Workshop Bundle Price= $700

Total Price if you were to purchase these classes individually = $855

*Price comparison based on SCAA membership pricing


CP201 – Grind, Dose, Tamp, Extract
CP202 – Espresso Bar Efficiency & Workflow
CP203 – Milk Essentials & Latte Art Practices
CP204 – Espresso Machine Preventative Maintenance
EXM_BP2 - Barista Level Two Practical Exam

Workshop Offerings

February 9-10
April 6-7
June 8-9

Will be transitioning to SCA Barista Module after August 2017

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Professional Coffee Workshops at Bundle Price

Topeca’s Instruments Division provides certified workshops with easy lodging and free lunches.

Topeca Instruments Division (TID) is proud to offer professional coffee training under the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) Coffee Pathways Program. Our goal as is to make it convenient for professionals, who are either new to specialty coffee or continuing their education, to take the skill building classes needed for career development.

TID is offering the unique opportunity to take all/almost all of the required classes and exams necessary to complete several different SCAA Certificates in a single event and at a bundle price. We offer these workshops frequently throughout the year, so if you can’t make one, you have the chance to make another.

Why Choose Topeca?

– Central Location
– Discounted Lodging Hyatt Regency Downtown
– Free Lunches
– Free Transit
– Experienced and Knowledgeable Staff

We make booking your hotel easy. Just follow the below link to book your stay at special pricing just for TID students.

Click to Book Hyatt Regency Downtown at Discounted Rate

The Hyatt Regency also provides free shuttle service to and from the airport, as well as to and from TID the days of the workshop. There are many restaurants, shops, and parks within walking distance from the hotel, so renting a car shouldn’t be necessary during your stay.

We will provide lunch during classes, so no need to worry about that. Please let us know if you have special dietary restrictions or allergies upon booking.

Our Experience and Track Record

Topeca Coffee Roasters has been in the specialty industry for over 12 years. We began as coffee farmers on the Santa Ana volcano in El Salvador over 150 years ago. We became a vertically integrated coffee business in 2002; investing in a mill, roastery, and retail cafes. We coined this model “Seed-to-Cup.” Operating as a Seed-to-Cup coffee company has given us a unique perspective within the industry; one that allows us to see the “big picture,” and understand the intricacies of every step of the supply chain.

Your classes and candid real-world experience reinvigorated my passion for knowledge, and sparked a desire to dig even deeper. It was great to be around people who are so passionate about roasting and brewing amazing coffee - and are open to speaking about the pro's and con's of it all! I truly believe that experiences like [I had at TID] last week can change the future for a small business like mine, so thank you for being a positive influence on my journey.

– Matt Yarmey
Pure Intentions Coffee

My experience at Topeca was very inspiring. It was encouraging to see such a quality and detailed oriented staff. I took the Gold cup Technician pathway, the course work was taught in a very proficient manner and the bonus material that Ian provided far surpassed the cost of the course. I will be a returning student!

– Raymond Orate
Zumbar Coffee & Tea

I just completed the Roasters 2 training and could not be more pleased. The instructors were very knowledgeable and were good at teaching, the environment was top notch, and having everything bundled together – including hotel – was most helpful. It was great having other roasters in the class to be able to learn and share from each other about our businesses.
Great job Topeca!

– Quinn Shultz
Peritus Coffee Roasters
Owner/Head Roaster

Ian made this entire experience not only very much worth my time educationally, but also made me feel warm and welcome. He is incredibly informed in so many areas, I hold him in very high regard!

– Anonymous TID Student

Ian was incredibly knowledgeable about the science of coffee and sensory evaluation. I learned a lot about cupping, how to properly score and evaluate beans (green and roasted). These classes definitely helped further my sensory skills and experience in the Specialty Coffee industry

– Anonymous TID Student

The whole Topeca team is not only great at what they do but they are some of the nicest and most down to earth people. They were excellent in communicating details leading up to the class, they were so friendly when I arrived, and they were transparent in their knowledge - they held nothing back. The money that was spent to take this class was well worth the amount of knowledge I received.

– Katie Dawson
Oklahoma City, OK

I took the Golden Cup and the Coffee Taster Packages here hoping for a smaller class size and less distractions than what is offered at SCAA Expo or Barista Camp. That's exactly what I got. Ian Picco has a wealth of knowledge and conveys it very well to the diverse mix of coffee professionals attending here in Tulsa. The TID lab is a great learning environment and thoughtfully designed. Thanks to Chip and everyone at Topeca for your hospitality!

– Colin Shannon
Future Retail Owner/Barista

Ian was such a great instructor. I learned a ton. Topeca did an amazing job, I can't say enough about how impressed I was and felt like I got what I paid for and more. I can still taste the top notch espresso and loved the warming hospitality from the entire staff.

– Anonymous TID Student

I attended Roaster Level 1 at Topeca. I found the information and experience to be invaluable to my new roasting company. Ian always makes him self available for advice; he has a vast knowledge of the coffee industry. Thank you for all your help!

– Rick Hessner
Royal Bean, Dallas