Courses, certifications, and workshops
Rx Cafe Chiang Mai is dedicated to providing the best possible education about coffee that we can. To do this we have partnered with the International Sustainable Development Studies Institute (ISDSI), Bloss Coffee, and the Specialty Coffee Association (SCA).
We are currently offering professional courses on coffee, with the option of SCA certification. In addition, we have a month long university level course on coffee in collaboration with ISDSI.
The Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) is a non-profit organization that represents thousands of coffee professionals, to equip and facilitate excellence in coffee. Administered by the SCA and taught by Authorized SCA Trainers (ASTs) around the globe, the Coffee Skills Program (CSP) offers education for every stage of your coffee career, and is open to both coffee professional and nonprofessionals.
Introduction to Coffee
Learn about coffee’s journey from its origins in Ethiopia to the major commodity it is today. From growing the cherries through grading, roasting, and brewing, this module provides an overview of the coffee value chain.
Barista Skills Foundation
The Barista Skills Foundation course provides a first taste of the Barista skills discipline and is a great way to get insight into the role of a barista. This 1 day course requires no previous experience, but will give you the standard practical skills you need behind the espresso bar: learn how to set your grinder, simple milk techniques and more foundational skills needed in a coffee shop.
The Brewing Foundation course provides a first taste of coffee brewing principles and is a great way to understand the foundations of brewing standards for speciality coffee. This 1 day course requires no previous experience, but will give you hands-on learning to ground you in the techniques of a variety of methods for brewing coffee and the brewing variables that affect quality.
Green Coffee Foundation
The Green Coffee Foundation course provides a first look at green coffee production and processing and is a great way to understand the foundations of green coffee standards for speciality coffee. This 1 day course requires no previous experience, but you take a broad look at all the steps involved in getting speciality green coffee into the coffee supply chain, what creates quality and so much more.
The Roasting Foundation course provides a first taste of coffee roasting, it is a great way to understand the basic principles in roasting speciality coffee. This 1 day course requires no previous experience, you will learn about the roasting process, you will roast several batches, and have hand-on experience to identifying the changes the beans undergo during roasting.
Sensory Skills Foundation
The Sensory Skills Foundation course provides a first taste of sensory skills needed within the speciality coffee industry. This 1 day course requires no previous experience, you will learn about the essentials of sensory evaluation in a practical and interactive way. You'll acquire foundational skills to build on as you learn to identify, describe and measure quality within the world of coffee flavour.
SCA Course Dates & Registration
Students who want to register can go to the links below for each course. Before they can register for one of these courses they will need to set up on the SCA website for a free Learner number, the links and steps are all there but only in English.
Location: International Sustainable Development Studies Institute, 47 Chotana Road, Chang Puak, Chiang Mai, Thailand
AST: Luke Gilbert
Courses are 9 AM to 6 PM unless otherwise noted at the ISDSI Campus and Rx Cafe Chiang Mai.
Jan 12 (Saturday): CSP Roasting Foundation, Course ID: TH-CSPR1-12JAN19-AV, 5,220 Baht
Jan 13 (Sunday): CSP Introduction to Coffee, Course ID: TH-CSPITC0-13JAN19-FA, 1:30 PM to 6:30 PM, 4,220 Baht
Jan 14 (Monday): CSP Barista Skills Foundation, Course ID: TH-CSPBS1-14JAN19-NJ,5,220 Baht
Jan 15 (Tuesday): CSP Brewing Foundation, Course ID: TH-CSPBR1-15JAN19-XC, 5,220 Baht
Jan 16 (Wednesday): CSP Sensory Skills Foundation, Course ID: TH-CSPSS1-16JAN19-CF, 5,220 Baht
Jan 17 (Thursday): CSP Green Coffee Foundation, Course ID: TH-CSPGC1-17JAN19-NF, 5,220 Baht
Bean to cup university course
Are you interested in a month long immersion in coffee? From Bean to Cup: Coffee Ecology, Production, and Consumption is open to college students and others. Taught with our partner the International Sustainable Development Studies Institute, this course is a deep dive into coffee farming, production, cafe operations, and of course brewing coffee and barista skills. Go to the ISDSI webpage for more!