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5.0 (69)

Our focus is to teach you the absolute fundamentals of making coffee. We are committed to achieving great results through fun, unique hands-on experiences. Our private courses are a culmination of experience in the industry and a passion for great coffee led by professional barista trainers. We ensure everything is tailored to your needs and interests so you can get the most out of your session. We make sure we help you build a solid foundation first and provide resources to keep improving your skill level to produce the highest quality coffee anywhere you are.

We realised there was a gap in the barista training market that focused on the intricate details to help aspiring baristas develop the skills and knowledge to produce coffee that is unique to their style and meets every customer's expectations.

This course is not about spending a few hours in a busy class, just to receive a certificate which doesn’t promise you anything. Instead, it is a one-on-one experience focusing on the little details that matter. The details change a customer's experience for the better and enable you, as a barista or a home coffee user to learn a new skill and explore the passion for coffee.





Yumi Yumoto Aug 2023

This class was the perfect class for a complete beginner like myself.
The teacher, Silvia is kind, knowledgeable and very passionate about coffee making.

She taught me the very basics of the machines, how to grind, how to brew good espresso, and how to foam & pour the milk.
The information I got from Silvia in the 3 hour class was A LOT, but it didn’t feel difficult at all because her explanation was very clear and super easy to understand even if you never touched the espresso machine before!

I thought $165 was a bit expensive before taking the class, but I was wrong! It is actually cheap considering what you gain in the class The money is worth spending!

If anyone was interested in coffee making but not sure where to start, I definitely recommend taking this class. Silvia will give you all the information & advice she can give, and she will make coffee making so much fun and yet very simple!

I’d love to practice what I learned from now on and come back for another class in the future. :)

Bernadette Mahoney Jul 2023

Excellent class with simple explanations and a large amount of practical content. Very Highly recommended.

Arthur Arfanis Jun 2023

Very good experience, highly recommend to beginners and people wanting to become baristas as a starter course

Georgie Kuzmanovic Jun 2023

Class was detailed and teacher was very knowledgeable. Set up was good too. Didn't realise how much went into making a coffee.

Coffee class review by Georgie Kuzmanovic - Sydney

Syed Kazmi Apr 2023

It was all very awesome. The way teacher taught was super good. The session was interactive, full of questions and practice. It went really well. All the best for Salivia

Marica Stamp Feb 2023

Sylvia was AMAZING! She explained things so beautifully, was really generous with the knowledge she shared and her class was 100% worth every dollar. I came home really excited to put all she taught me to practice and I managed to make a coffee that tastes just as good as my favourite Cafe, thanks to her! Can't wait to go to her latte art class!

Iljin Nam Jan 2023

Sylvia was wonderful and amazing. This class was very informative for beginners. I gained a lot of information about coffee making. i highly recommend this class.

Sandra Mooney Jan 2023

Silvia was absolutely amazing. I walked in there knowing nothing about how to make a coffee, nor have I ever made a coffee from a proper coffee machine.
I feel so much more confident now, all I need to do is practice, practice, practice, especially the pouring of the milk into the coffee.
Highly recommended, loved it.

Jane Lamp Jan 2023

The one-on-one class was so helpful, I can’t imagine working as a barista without it! It was detailed and thorough and the progression of information and hands on experience made it easy to digest. All of my questions were answered and I feel that it was an experience tailored to my needs! Silvia was so sweet, knowledgeable, and encouraging. I’d highly recommend this to anyone who wants to work as a barista and even any coffee drinker that wants to understand the magic behind every cup!

Matthew Connolly Dec 2022

Silvia was amazing, and this course was a really fun experience.
Everything was very well explained and really enjoyable. We would recommend to anyone wanting to learn the fundamentals of being a barista.

Thanks again,
Much love
Matthew & Helen

Daniel Smith Dec 2022

Linda was very welcoming, passionate about her subject and explained her craft perfectly. Recommend to anyone wanting to find out more about the perfect expresso.

Dicky Taruna Dec 2022

this is the best coffee course that i ever have experience and i really enjoyed it.
In case you want to learn how to make coffee then you really need Sylvia.

Tareq Assaf Nov 2022

Sylvia was wonderful, it was a fun evening of learning the basics. I would recommend the course to anyone who wants to get in to making coffee as a hobby.

Morgan Wood Oct 2022

Silvia was fantastic. Very personalised experience. I have been owned a coffee machine for over a year and feel like I really did learn the fundamentals in this course. My coffee has really improved since takin the course

Natálie Řezníčková Oct 2022

Great experience! It really helped me improve my skills.
- I can recommend :)

Teacher helped me with everything.

Barista Course: Absolute Fundamentals review by Natálie Řezníčková - Sydney

Ricardo Rodriguez Sep 2022

The teacher is excellent, the course is super practical and very well explained, I recommend it, excellent experience.

Caitlin Foster Sep 2022

Silvia was amazing! She is so knowledgeable and I learned so much from her! Went through all the stages of great coffee making with lots of awesome tidbits and advice throughout! Thank you Silvia!

John Ellingham Jul 2022

Silvia was awesome. Learnt lots. Definitely recommend for anyone starting out or just who enjoys coffee

Nikita Nowland) Jul 2022

What was the teacher like?
Teacher was very friendly and made the lesson fun.

How was the venue (if applicable)?
Venue was unexpected, but clean and easy enough to get to/ park near. Wish I got to meet the dog though :P

If materials were provided, did you like them?
Materials were great. Provided some extra details which the course didn't have time for but were highly appreciated.

Was the experience good value for money?
Not sure I am in the position to answer as I did the course as a fun evening with my partner to improve our coffee making at home.

What did you do / learn?
Learnt some basics such as fine tuning grinder settings, general advice (such as flushing the coffee maker of hot water before making a coffee, not using the first coffee you make etc.)
Also got into some basic latte art.

What did you like most?
Instructor made it fun and laid back.

Alla Volkova Jul 2022

I had an amazing time on a 3 hour Coffee Fundamentals course with Silvia. She is incredibly skilled. Excellent content, delivered in a very energetic, friendly and engaging way. The course has an excellent mix of practical and theoretical parts. Silvia really knows her staff and I left with a wealth of knowledge to put into practice. Learnt a lot from knowing virtually nothing. Highly recommended for anyone interested in coffee making

Frank Gangemi Jul 2022

Silvia was very welcoming and friendly great start to the evening, her knowledge and processes were seamless. The fundamentals of this course was very informative, step by step from the grind to the delicate art of heating and pouring of milk. Highly recommend.

Annie Ear Jul 2022

6 ClassBento workshops attended • 6 reviews

Silva is a friendly teacher who knows her stuff. She is very knowledgeable and arranges the course based on how much (or in my case, little) you know about making coffee and is really able to explain things in a way that is easy to remember. She was very patient, gave lots of feedback and welcomed all questions as well. There was plenty of opportunity to practice how to use a commercial machine. She even gave a little gift at the end along with a certificate which was a nice touch. There was ample street parking which was convenient. I would highly recommend this course to anyone who would like to learn the fundamentals. :)

Lucille King Jul 2022

The teacher is such a lovely person and a great teacher. I found the course to be exhaustive for the topic - I am sure that the other courses don't explain it so well or in such detail. I now have opportunity to get a job in the field, there is such need for baristas. It has broadened my talents. I'm a bit smug about that Highly recommend.

John Wardavesho Jul 2022

The teacher was so friendly and knowledgeable. The venue is Medium size and so organised I like the material full of information and very useful. Good value for the money, I learned so much theory and practical.
I liked everything in the course but mostly the way she explain and you can ask questions as many as you want. Highly recommended ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Dani Redmond Jul 2022

Highly informative class which greatly increased my knowledge and confidence with making coffee. Silvia is very knowledgeable, friendly and helpful. I highly recommend this class.

Sara Chin Jun 2022

Silvia is a great barista and is especially good at instructing. She has great attention to detail and taught me how important it is to understand the the fundamentals/theory side as well as practical part of pouring latte art.

Tajalli Saghaie Jun 2022

Silvia was very welcoming and friendly. We had our very own private class for the two of us, in a very well set up room with plenty of hands on opportunities. The topic was covered in detail and there was plenty for us to learn. Complimentary printed material was also very relevant, high quality and helpful.
Overall and most importantly, we had a great time! Highly recommended.

Sam Campbell Jun 2022

Such a wonderful class with an incredible teacher, Silvia.

We are at home coffee machine users and wanted to know a little more about using machines and have some fun. The class exceeded our expectations and is suitable for beginners at home to coffee enthusiasts or those looking to become a barista or to fine tune their skills.

Everything was provided for the class; we just had to show up.

Silivia is so passionate about coffee and that became infectious and we have taken away a new (more informed) love of coffee and some new skills.

Thanks Silvia ☕️

Rafael Manduca Jun 2022

I loved the course! The class is private and personalized so you can make the coffees

Barista Course: Absolute Fundamentals review by Rafael Manduca - Sydney

Patricia Andamo Jun 2022

My fiancé and I had such a great time attending this course! We came in with almost zero knowledge about how to make coffee, but by the end we felt somewhat like experts! ;) Silvia was an amazing teacher. Her expertise and passion for all things coffee was very evident. She explained things clearly and made sure to teach us all the basics step by step. The class was a good mix of lecture and hands-on practice with the machine. We learned so much, and we definitely left the course with a new-found appreciation for the art of coffee-making. Thank you Silvia!

Lyn Wotton May 2022

7 ClassBento workshops attended • 6 reviews

Went to this course with my husband. I had no idea about barista skills whatsoever, I cam away knowing so much and feeling confident in my new found knowledge. We did not need to take anything other than being curious. Sylvia was welcoming, explained everything clearly, supportive in her instructions and clearly passionate about her craft - totally recommend this course to anyone looking to learn about or improve their barista skills.

Bon Dapar May 2022

Sylvia was very detail and you could tell her passion of coffee making. She also does not hold off any great info. She had great insights and tips to be the best in making coffee.

Matilda Cavanough May 2022

Silvia was very helpful and kind. I learnt a lot and really enjoyed that class :)

Alex Nguyen May 2022

Absolutely love the lesson! Learnt so much more from this class and re-corrected my habits. Definitely recommended for whose starting their path as a barista, everything was clear and easy to understand. Lovely gift and awesome certificate at the very end of the lesson which make the experience 200% more awesome and remarkable.
Thank you for having us

Evie May May 2022

Silvia is so nice and such a great teacher! I had a really great time in this class and learnt a lot. It was a great introductory class for making coffee and taught some really valuable information.

Jo-Ann Billyard May 2022

The barista course with Sylvia was fantastic. Sylvia is very knowledgeable in everything relating to coffee, the machines and the grinder. The venue is clean, comfortable, easy to find with plenty of free on street parking available. As a complete beginner, I'm so happy that I did this particular course which is one on one rather than in a group. Everything is provided so all you need to bring is yourself.

Marion Auger May 2022

2 ClassBento workshops attended

Definitely worth the price Sylvia is such a great teacher : kind, patient and funny too (on a very professional way of course !)
She gives very clear informations for the all process, and take time to explain again if you need to. She is also really good for making you feel confident in what you’re doing.
I appreciated to be the only « student », Sylvia was full available to answer all my questions, and more important, it allows her to adapt the training to my own pace.

Thank you very much Sylvia, I can’t wait to come back to you for the next level

If you are looking for a barista course, don’t hesitate any longer, Sylvia is the one you need !

Ava Apr 2022

Silvia was phenomenal! Her knowledge of coffee, as well as her patience and understanding made the class extremely enjoyable.

Timothy Kintominas Apr 2022

Unfortunately I had to reschedule last minute, so I can’t write a review! So happy Linda could fit me in at a later date with such late notice!

Jesus Jr Mar 2022

Great experience with a knowledgeable industry barista.
Easy to find location with free parking for the 3 hour class.
Time flew by as the Linda teacher kept it fun, engaging.
Supplied lots of detailed information on making coffee and allowed for lots of hands on experimenting with the coffee/milk/machines.

Clearly had a solid grasp of the subject matter.
Venue was at a local house, it was extremely quiet which kept me focused.
Teacher provided document outlining everything she was covering for future refresher.

Class was GREAT value as my goal was to learn the beginner's lessons to being a barista. She constantly shared personal stories about the types of things to be aware of and gave me a solid handle on making a great latte, ristretto, long black, espresso and the differences between each.

I sincerely enjoyed the lesson and highly recommend this teacher. She is great.

Oscar Fermosel Dec 2021

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews

First of all and for the TL;DR people, don't think twice, just book it!

I was a complete newbie when I booked the course and after 3 hours with Silvia, I know that there's still a lot to practise but I'm feeling confident about starting my barista journey. She will give you all you need to kickstart your journey and not just as a barista, also as a cafe manager :)

Special mention to Silvia's attitude, she was enthusiastic, answer all the questions I had and never lost her smile. An authentic joy!

Gabrielle Foketi Dec 2021

Loved the experience I had with the course, it was well in depth and very fun environment to be in. I learnt so much and I came out of the course so excited to start my journey ! Thank you again for teaching me and creating such a relaxed space for me to learn in! I hope to see you again soon for more practice :)

Tanya Lampoon Dec 2021

Friendly tutor and tidy place…she gave me a lot of helpful techniques.
I would definitely recommend this session.

Amani Joaithan Dec 2021

This course was incredible.The tutor was respectful ,polite and explain in details. the tutor provide Clean and good condition materials .I highly recommended this course it is really beneficial for everyone how interested to be a barista.

Jenny Gao Nov 2021

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews

Practice, practice and practice, and make every minute count. This was the only thing you need to do in the latte art workshop.
Latte art is kind of the most difficult part for a coffee beginner. Fortunately, Silvia made this tough process easier. She explained and demonstrated every step clearly, and always found a proper way to help me to avoid errors according to my performance.
If you are looking for a high-density latte art practice, this one would be your best choice.

Latte Art Workshop review by Jenny Gao - Sydney

Jenny Gao Nov 2021

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews

This is my best learning experience ever!
If you would like to find someone who is professional and has a high standard for making coffee, go take this course with Silvia. She is not only an experienced barista, but also is a great teacher, teaching specific fundamental knowledge, answering questions with patients, and practicing over and over again.
I absolutely recommend this course to all beginners!

Charlotte Chia Nov 2021

2 ClassBento workshops attended

Silvia was really warm and friendly from the booking all the way to the class. Even with Covid lockdown forcing changes, she was extremely flexible and responsive. The class surpassed expectations! It was a lovely session with just me and my husband, and she remembered that it was his birthday! The class itself was incredibly informative, with plenty of time for hands on practice and coaching from Silvia herself! As we already have a coffee machine at home, Silvia took the effort to find out about the machine and tailor the class to address the things that we had questions about! Altogether and amazing experience and would definitely recommend!

Juan Aranda Oct 2021

We both had an awesome learning experience on the start of our Barista journey. All equipment well presented and provided. Silvia was passionate, knowledgable, encouraging with lots of tips to support you through the course. The 3 hours felt sufficient and Silvia was very thorough we had plenty of hands on opportunity to practise. Highly recommended personable and engaging content which was very well supported. Thank you Silvia .

Barista Course: Absolute Fundamentals review by Juan Aranda - Sydney

Sasan Rose Jun 2021

I really enjoyed taking this class with Silvia. She seems to know everything about coffee and she is more than happy to share her knowledge and experience with you.
Silvia was very friendly, and the class was very fun, yet full of useful material about coffee. I totally recommend taking this class as I believe it is designed to be useful for everyone with any level of experience. Whether you're brewing coffees for hobby (like me) or for your career, I believe you will enjoy this.

Barista Course: Absolute Fundamentals review by Sasan Rose - Sydney

Dario Bustamante May 2020

2 ClassBento workshops attended

I recommend 100% this class is learned much more than a conventional course. You learn the details that matter.

Austin Papadopoulos Mar 2020

Great course. Everything was explained clearly and in great detail. The practical component was also amazing. The course was really worth it.

Katherine Dahill Mar 2020

5 ClassBento workshops attended • 3 reviews

Silvia was fantastic. I'd highly recommend this class. The description is spot on -- it's an absolutely beginner class. She takes you from how to grind coffee/work the machines, all the way through to how to add milk + clean up the machines afterward. I am new to Australia and espresso machines. I recently purchased one and had a million questions :) She thoughtfully and expertly answered all of them. The small class size means you get to really learn and experiment. The best part is the instruction booklet Silvia gives you afterwards so that you can pay attention during the class and then check your notes afterward (to see where you went wrong :)) Plus you leave with a barista certificate and a new sense of confidence that you can make a good cup of coffee. Take this class!

Donna Laurianto Feb 2020

2 ClassBento workshops attended

Silvia was really helpful and kind. She explained everything
thoroughly what to do from the moment you enter a coffee shop and prepare the machines, until cleaning and closing. The venue was a little hard to find, but we managed to find it by asking around. Overall the class was a really good value for money. She even managed to give us some tips on what to do on a barista job trial which is super helpful indeed. Thank you silvia!

Soo Jin Chung Feb 2020

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews

Everything was clear, even for a beginner like me, I had fun learning the fundamental skills for brewing the coffee. Highly recommended to try the class out, plus, it's only two people (and the teacher) per session, which is just great. We can fully focus and stay active until the class ends.

Anna Bird Feb 2020

I can highly recommend this class, learning from Silvia I was a great experience. As this was 1:1 we had a lot of time for me to practice the things I was struggling with. Silvia was very particular and also taught me a lot of handy tips to troubleshoot in case the equipment did not work as expected.

Eve Crawshaw Feb 2020

Great class, lots of fun, learnt a lot and even managed to make some pretty tasty coffees.

Silvia was really lovely and a fantastic teacher. I would recommend this course to anyone interested in coffee.

Lewis Burger Jan 2020

Really great class, would highly recommend to anyone getting into making coffee, either starting out as a barista or just at home.
Silvia really knows her stuff, is clearly passionate about making good coffee and was a very patient instructor.
The venue, although a little difficult to find, is a really lovely setting for the class.
A detailed booklet was provided so I've got all the notes I need to reflect back on the class.

Melody Liu Jan 2020

Absolutely wonderful experience! We have never made any coffee before, Silvia started from the very basic, covered everything including lots of tips and tricks, the lesson was easy to understand, we had plenty practice opportunities, made and tried different type of coffee, by the end of it I can’t wait to buy my own coffee machine! Highly recommended!

Coffee class review by Melody Liu - Sydney

Hikari Hata Nov 2019

She is wonderful!
Her class is easy to understand even for a beginner, and we can practice many times not only explanation.
Her enthusiastic to coffee is awesome and everyone who loves coffee is really satisfied with her knowledge and the quality of coffee.
Also good for people who are eager to be a nice barista.

Thank you for great experience:)

Barista Course: Absolute Fundamentals review by Hikari Hata - Sydney

Agnes Karpati Oct 2019

I highly recommend this course if you (as a beginner) would like to learn the ‘basics’ (so no previous knowledge is required). This one-on-one experience means so much extra - I basically felt much more comfortable this way than just be one from the 15-20 students in a class.
Silvia is a very passionate, precise and conscientious teacher and she gave a lot of tips and hints, what I can instantly use if I will work in a coffee shop.
Thank you Silvia!

Catherine Zagita Oct 2019

Silvia is very detailed and friendly. She really went through the basic so it's very recommended for coffee enthusiast with zero experience who'd love to know more the basic of coffee making. My class is on one one and I'm very satisfied with Silvia's class as I got to grasp so much. Thankyou for the hospitality, Silvia!

Joud Felemban Oct 2019

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews

Silvia is the BEST teacher ever.
I enjoyed her class SO MUCH
She is really entertaining and awesome
The surrounding and atmosphere were amazing.
The materials provided for practice are considered to be the best in the market.
She teaches from her heart tryna make you fully understand.
I left her class feeling like a PRO already
This is how good she is.

Michael King Sep 2019

I loved everything. Five Stars. the venue was so beautiful. Very personal Experience. :D :D

Christie Limnois Sep 2019

Silvia was very friendly and thorough in explaining all the details, from how to use the machine to cleaning it up. Great for beginner, would recommend!

Mark Narborough Sep 2019

Silvia is a great teacher and her knowledge of coffee is extremely deep. I found the class to be very helpful and informative, it was well structured and tailored to exactly match my needs. There was no limit to the raw materials provided. Overall I would highly recommend this course and I'm glad I did it.

Misaki Kikuchi Aug 2019

Silvia was very knowledgeable and passionate about coffee, and had a lot of experience to share. The venue was a well-presented café with very good and clean equipment. The content of the class was hands-on and in good detail. We learnt how to maintain and control the machines as well as how to get decent shots and quality milk. Highly recommended for people who are passionate to learn practical skills.

Tim Commandeur Jul 2019

Silvia was very thorough and engaging while teaching her class. She made sure every process was clear and provided ample hands on experience to make sure I understood. Would highly recommend!

Barista Course: Absolute Fundamentals review by Tim Commandeur - Sydney

Irene Chan Jun 2019

Silvia is a very passionate about coffee, patient and very clear and give step by step instructions. I have now got the basic understanding of coffee making. It was a great introductory experience. Highly recommended.

Andrew Morini Jun 2019

15 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews

Silvia provided an excellent service for a person with special needs. Thank you very much for making our day and of course her coffee knowledge was exceptional.
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