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Designed for beginners, new baristas, and home brewers, Introduction to Coffee is a comprehensive survey of the coffee production process, from past and present agricultural practices, to grading, processing, roasting, and brewing.

This class is an ideal place for students to begin their professional education and to narrow down or solidify their learning goals. It is also fitting for enthusiasts who want to learn more about the coffee world.


  • Coffee’s history and origins
  • The coffee production process, from farming to brewing
  • Coffee-producing practices, regions, and markets
  • Basic coffee cupping

Introduction to Coffee is a highly-recommended prerequisite to all other Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) classes, and no prior knowledge of coffee is required to register. This is a half-day class consisting of lecture and cupping. After passing the exam, students will receive a certificate of recognition from the SCA.


This class is being offered online and not in-person. It is a remote learning class and is available to anyone with access to an internet-connected device with a microphone (this includes most recent models of computers, tablets).

Some virtual classes may require students to provide their own equipment, such as burr grinders and kitchen scales. To view and purchase coffee gear, visit our online store.

Some class materials are included in the course fee and will be mailed to you. Please register before the cutoff time so we can mail out your class materials to arrive in time for your class date.

  • For students outside of the US: 10-14 days before class date
  • For students within the US: 7 days before class date

Additional shipping charges & import duty may occur for students outside of the United States, international shipment may be subject to import taxes, customs duties and fees levied by the destination country.

Kaleena Teoh is a co-founder at Coffee Project NY, the Academy’s Director of Education and a certified AST (Authorized SCA Trainer) and oversees all Academy lesson plans and curricula. She has a background in psychology, speech pathology, and social work and is fluent in Chinese, Japanese, and American Sign Language.

Introduction to Coffee is worth 10 points toward the 100-point SCA Coffee Skills Diploma requirement. Recommended follow-up classes are Foundation level in any other Coffee Skills Module. For more program details, see SCA Pathway Information.

All SCA exam and certification fees are included in the cost for tickets. Exams and certification are optional for students who take class recreationally.
Currently, we do not offer discounted pricing for SCA Members.

Due to highly limited seating and the cost of producing each class, we kindly ask that if you need to change or cancel your reservation, please let us know as soon as possible. While we don’t offer refunds for classes, we will accommodate changes based on when you reach out to us and how much advance notice is given before the date of the reservation.

  • Over 4 weeks notice: free rescheduling or credit of equal value toward any class
  • Under 4 weeks notice: $50 rescheduling fee or credit of original value minus $50
  • Under 72 hours notice: 50% rescheduling fee or credit of 50% of original class value
  • Under 24 hours notice: no credit available

Please purchase classes carefully. Thank you for understanding.



August 16, 2022
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Kaleena Teoh