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Barista Training in Tauranga


  • Train in our Jungle Cafe at PCTI on Hull Road, Mount Maunganui (Tauranga)
  • 3-Day Course: $390.00 (inc GST)
    • Normally once a month on a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 9:30am to 3.00pm
  • We run Barista Courses at our in-house Jungle training café
  • PCTI and Jungle Coffee also have a mobile trailer to serve our amazing Jungle Coffee
  • This course will help if you need to learn how to produce espresso coffees so you can apply for a job in a café or if you are already working and need recognition and Certification of your skills and knowledge.
  • Enrol today and become an NZQA qualified Barista.

What our Barista course will teach you

Topics covered on this Barista course include:

  • Producing the different types of espresso coffees (also known as “expresso coffee”) using a commercial espresso machine (also known as an expresso machine)
  • The origins, harvesting and processing of coffee beans and the importance of high-quality, fresh ingredients so coffee is fit for service. The preparation and making of an espresso by ensuring that beans are freshly ground, the correct grind and extraction time is used and how to judge colour, aroma, and taste.
  • The dosing, and tamping of “portafilters” are explained, demonstrated and practised.
  • Potential problems with espresso coffee and espresso equipment are covered and how flavour can be impacted by the degree of roast or blending of different flavours.


Barista Course Details

  • Day 1 will cover the growing, harvesting and roasting of coffee beans.
  • Day 2 goes over the equipment used and ingredients of quality coffees as well as the extraction of and possible problems with making coffee on an espresso machine.
  • Day 3 uses the newly learned skills of dosing, tamping and extracting coffee with a lot of practical training on an espresso machine.

Assessment of NZQA unit standard

  • Unit Standard 17284: Prepare and present espresso beverages. (Level 3 | Credits 3)
  • Unit Standard 17288: Coffee origins and production. (Level 3 | Credits 5)

Participants will receive a PCTI Certificate of Achievement & NZQA credits.


What Our Students Think

“The course was great A+. Jared the tutor was very knowledgeable and taught us a lot.

I can’t look at barista coffee the same way because now I notice all the different aspects of it.

If you want to get into cafe or bar work, I recommend this course to you.”

– Anne-Marie Talbot , Tauranga

“I did the Coffee Appreciation course first and liked that so much, I did this Barista training course shortly after.

I learnt more in those 3 days then in a whole week at school!

If you want to know more about the origin of coffee and how to make a good one then you should do this course, it’s really good!”

– Sonja Hafsteinsson

I’m 15 years old and studying at Mount College at the moment. I’d like to find a Barista job in a local cafe and since finishing this Barista course I’ve handed over my CV to 4 local cafes so far.

The first day of the course was about the origins of coffee, day two about production, and day three was the practical training. My favourite parts were learning about the history of coffee and working the espresso machine, and I also found the production of coffee very interesting.

The course was detailed and well structured, and I think you’d like it too.

– Mia Callingham, Mount Maunganui

“I love a good coffee and for a long time I’ve been curious about what it takes to make a truly great one. I started with the Coffee Appreciation course and went on to the Barista training.

The first reason I recommend you do this course is because you will get unbiased information. You are not being pushed towards any particular equipment brand, roast or bean. The second reason is the tutor Jared. He is a true professional and keeps the atmosphere relaxed whilst you learn the course content.”

– Hannah Harwood, Athenree

I am from Korea and have lived in NZ since early 2016. We also have many cafes in Korea and Koreans love coffee so much, but when I first came to NZ, some coffee menus were totally new to me. I’d never heard ‘flat white’ or ‘long black’ before I came here which became my favourite coffee menus now. And that curiosity about new menus led me to study about coffee.

And a few months ago, my husband and I bought a new home espresso machine by chance. We studied online how to produce espresso but soon found that it was not enough. I needed more professional knowledge/skills and googled a few Tauranga based institutions who provided a barista course. The reason why I chose PCTI was the instructor Jared. I had a lot of questions before enrolling and every time he answered me so kindly by email.

During the course he covered many things with plenty of knowledge from the origin of coffee to practical job skills for cafes. At first, I worried a bit as English is not my 1st language so I might not be able to understand, but it was quite easy to follow the course and students helped each other all through the training. Also Jared used many interesting teaching skills which made all of us have fun. If you are a person who doesn’t speak English as your mother tongue and you worry about it, I just recommend that you increase your coffee vocabulary in English before you start this course. I think that will help you a lot.

– Sumee Jeong, Tauranga

Coffee Appreciation

If you simply want to learn how to make coffee for you and your friends using an espresso machine, bring a few friends with you to our next Community Education Workshop.

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