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Got a question about what it’s like to learn coffee with us? Have a look below at our FAQ. If your question isn’t answered here, please email us and we’ll get back to you soon.

Do I receive a certificate?

Yes, you will receive a personalised certificate upon completion of your course.

Are your courses recognised in the industry?

Yes, we’ve been teaching baristas and the coffee curious for more than 20 years. Our courses are recognised across Australia for their unmatched standards in consistency, precision and up-to-the-minute intelligence.

Will it get me a job straight away?

Maybe not straight away, but once you’ve completed our training, you will be armed with a thorough foundation of coffee knowledge and real experience. Unlike some coffee courses, ours all have practical elements so that you get to practise your extraction, milk texturing and pouring under the eyes of our SCA-certified trainers. With practice and determination, we are confident that our courses will open doors in the specialty coffee industry.

Where are the coffee courses held?

All coffee courses are held at our custom-built training campus on the northern beaches.

Danes Specialty Coffee Institute
Level 1, 28 Dale Street
Brookvale NSW 2100

Is there parking available?

There is no unrestricted parking on Dale Street Brookvale before 6pm.

All day parking is only available on Old Pittwater Road or Brookvale Avenue.

Are my fees refundable?

No, we cannot offer refunds but we are happy to change the date of your booking.

Can I change the date of my class?

You can change a booking if more than seven days notice is given and an alternate class is available. If less than seven days notice is given there is a $75 fee to re-book.

Can I just do the Essence of Espresso workshop?

Yes, the Espresso of Espresso workshop may be taken separately. Please note that the Workshop is designed to be a practical application of the knowledge gained in the Essence of Espresso class. You must do at least the Essence of Espresso class before undertaking an Espresso Workshop.

I’m opening a café and don't know much about coffee. Which course should I do?

If you do the Essence of Espresso and Espresso Workshop you will learn all about the practical side of making espresso. These two courses will run you through everything from machine handling, grinder setting, cleaning and preventative maintenance through to how to produce the espresso menu and the techniques of latte art. They are good starter classes and we recommend you do our Danes Barista Guild 300 series which is focused on café owners.

How do I become an accredited barista?

The Danes barista accreditation system is recognised as the first barista accreditation system in Australia. To acquire the DSCI accreditation (Barista Level I) you will need to sit a question and answer exam as well as completing our practical exam on the espresso machine.

How do I become a DSCI Maestro Barista?

The Maestro Barista accreditation is awarded by DSCI to baristas that have been associated with Danes in recognition of outstanding service to the espresso coffee industry. It is an honorary title.

Where can I stay overnight if I am from out of town?

We recommend the Travelodge Manly-Warringah which is just around the corner from us. Book online at

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