BSA Level 1 PLUS: Coffee, Cocoa, Tea€420
About this course
BSA BARISTA Level 1 PLUS accreditation provides reliable theoretical and practical knowledge of the commercial products of coffee, cocoa, tea.
About the course
BSA BARISTA Level 1 PLUS Accreditation addresses either those who wish to join the HORECA industry, or to professionals who wish to improve and certify their knowledge, to gain experience in tastings, handling and serving coffee, cocoa, tea products, as well as the operation of the machines for the preparation of Coffee menu beverages.
It also provides a solid knowledge in the correct use of machines for the preparation of quality beverages. It is necessary for those who want to work as a Barista and / or Beverage experts in hotels, restaurants, coffee chains or for those who are already working and wish to improve their knowledge regarding raw materials and at the same time obtain credible certification with global recognition by the British state. This Certification stands out as particularly useful for professionals intending to work in the broader commercial industry involving the above products; for example, companies of coffee, tea, espresso machines and other related companies of the industry.
In total, this training program consists of 21 hours of courses and exams.
The results are announced within 4 work weeks from the date of the exam. Success in the exams is a requirement for obtaining of the Certification. and a requirement for moving on to BSA BARISTA Level 2 PLUS.
Course Programme & Curriculum
BSA BARISTA Level 1 PLUS
There are nine learning outcomes split into two units to achieve the Certification’s purpose.
Learning Objective 1: Knowledge of the basic varieties of green coffee, the producing countries, harvesting, processing, flavor profiles of the above, processing (roasting) and their impact on the flavor profile of the finished product.
- The coffee tree (Coffea) and the coffee cherry
- Main producing countries & climatic conditions
- Coffea Arabica & Coffea Canephora
- Methods of picking
- Methods of processing (Natural, Wet, Pulped natural)
- Coffee Grading and Roasting
- Blend: a mixture of different varieties for the creation of a specific tasting profile.
- Flavour characteristics of coffee based on the above factors
- Tasting drill
Learning Objective 2: Theoretical knowledge of all the different types of coffee drinks: espresso, filter, Greek, instant, as well as their composition, and the process of decaffeination.
- What is an espresso
- The importance of grinding in espresso/the grinder
- The espresso machine
- The espresso extraction
- What is a filter coffee/different types
- The filter coffee machine
- Basic theoretical principles of filter extraction
- What is instant coffee
- Different types of instant coffee
- What is a Greek coffee/History and characteristics
- The key theoretical principles in correctly preparing Greek coffee.
Learning Objective 3: Practical knowledge of the use of the espresso machine and coffee grinders for making espresso according to the specifications of the BSA and proper cleaning of the machines.
- Grinder calibration
- Weighing of coffee dose
- Steps to proper extraction
- Extraction in 20-30 seconds
- Espresso assessment
- Machine cleaning
- Grinder cleaning
Learning Objective 4: Knowledge of milk composition and handling.
- Theoretical knowledge on milk composition and the details related to steam treatment of milk.
- Practical knowledge of correct steam treatment of milk to produce microfoam in accordance with BSA specifications.
- Knowledge in the preparation of beverages based on espresso and milk: Cappuccino, Café latte, Flatwhite, Εspresso Μacchiato, and others.
Learning Objective 5: Greek coffee, filter coffee, instant coffee. Proper preservation of coffee.
- Practical knowledge and Greek coffee preparation technique
- Practical knowledge and filter coffee preparation technique
- Practical knowledge and instant coffee preparation technique
- Practical knowledge and cold coffee preparation technique (Espresso freddo & Cappuccino freddo).
- Practical knowledge and technique of correct preservation of coffee.
Learning Objective 6: Knowledge of the basic varieties of tea, the raw material and the processing methods.
- The tea plant (Camellia Sinensis)
- Climatic conditions and tea plant varieties
- The stages and the processing methods of the different types of tea.
- White tea
- Green tea
- Black tea
Learning Objective 7: Knowledge of the tea extraction, according to the standards of the BSA.
- Practical knowledge and proper extraction technique of the above varieties, in line with the BSA specifications.
- Tasting of the above tea varieties to determine the differences in flavour characteristics.
Learning Objective 8: Knowledge of the basic varieties of cocoa, the raw material and the methods of processing the bean.
- The cocoa tree
- Producing countries and climatic conditions
- Cocoa tree varieties
- Picking and processing cocoa beans
- Cocoa Press/From cocoa bean to Cocoa Liquor
- The chocolate production process
- Tasting cocoa types
Learning Objective 9: Knowledge of the correct preparation of chocolate beverages based on the specifications of the BSA.
- Practical knowledge of the correct preparation of chocolate beverage based on BSA specifications.
- Express your interest by phone (210 9882540 & 544) or via e-mail(firstname.lastname@example.org)
Your enrollment is finalized with the pre-payment of the tuition fees, either through eshop, or through a bank account deposit/ web-banking.
- After the deposit of tuition fees, a Registration Form is sent to you that you should fill in. Upon correct submission of the Registration Form, your registration is automatically completed.
- Participation permitted to all. Students under 18 years of age participate with parental consent.
- Candidate students must have an e-mail address to enroll. Any important information regarding your studies is sent by e-mail.
- Απονομή Πιστοποίησης BSA BARISTA Level 1 PLUS στους επιτυχόντες:
Το WSPC, αμέσως μετά την παραλαβή των πτυχίων από το BSA Λονδίνου, αποστέλλει στους επιτυχόντες με courier την Πιστοποίηση για το BSA BARISTA Level 1 PLUS. The cost for dispatching the certificates shall be borne by the recipient to make sure that this official document will reach the beneficiary on own responsibility.
WSPC shall assume no responsibility in case of negligence in receiving the certificate on behalf of the beneficiary. In case of certificate loss, re-issuing by the BSA® Awards costs €50.00.
- Enrollment corresponds to the course selected by the student. Fees shall not be refundable and shall not be used for enrollment on a next similar course.
- Upon lapse of the registration deadline, there will be no late registration. In the event of a late registration, students shall be encumbered with an additional charge amounting to €50 + V.A.T.
- WSPC shall reserve the right to cancel a course, if the required minimum number of students is not reached. In such a case, the enrolled students shall be credited the entire deposited amount.
Modes of payment:
By Bank deposit to:
- Alpha Bank IBAN: GR33 0140 1180 1180 0233 0000 482 (WSPC L.T.D).
- Piraeus Bank IBAN: GR73 0171 7270 0067 2711 3141 025 (private higher education school).
- Eurobank IBAN: GR06 0260 0190 0005 4020 1143 015 (private higher education school, Vocational Center).
Justification of deposit: Student’s full name, or corporate trade name, in case of a corporate expenditure.
By Credit/Debit card Visa & MasterCard
The purpose of this information is to help our students understand basic principles of behavior that need to be respected throughout the classes.
A class should provide a friendly and harmonious environment, able to promote a high level of learning progress, ensuring a smooth running of the course and respect towards all parties involved in the learning process-both students and instructor.
Don’t miss a class
It has been proven that students who do not miss classes and are assiduous in attending the course, have more chances to perform better in the examination and pass the test with a higher mark. It is students’ personal responsibility to fill in the gap and look out for notes, exercises, homework or/and flights of wines relevant to the class.
Don’t be late for the class
It is a sign of respect vis-à-vis your fellow students and your instructor. Should it happen due to special circumstances, students should enter the classroom as discreetly and quickly as possible, picking the first available classroom desk.
Come prepared to the class
Preparation constitutes an important part of your effort to better comprehend the teaching material and have fewer questions. Students who submit their papers within the deadlines set, manage to maintain a better flow in their studies and to better assimilate the material, significantly raising the chances of successful performance at the exams and with a higher mark. Any assigned tasks submitted overdue shall be dismissed. However, students may correct themselves at home, having as a guide the recommended form of answering applying in every task.
Switch off your mobile phone at the beginning of the class
It is a sign of respect vis-à-vis your fellow students and your instructor. The use of mobile phones in the classroom is highly annoying and distracts students’ attention. If you are expecting an urgent call, you are kindly requested to inform your instructor at the beginning of the class and keep your phone on silent mode. Once you see the incoming call, leave the classroom as discreetly as possible.
Be aware that any portable electronic apparatus (mobile phone, laptop, MP3 player etc) shall not be allowed during the class. For your reference, you may take a photo of the bottles used in wine tasting during the break or at the end of the class (the bottles remain in a visible spot).
Don’t talk to each other during the class
It is a sign of respect vis-à-vis your fellow students and your instructor. The noise provoked from chatting is likely to distract the instructor and other fellow students, thus disrupting the smooth flow of the class.
Don’t monopolize the floor by raising too many questions preventing your fellow students from submitting their queries
Questions facilitate a broad understanding of the lesson. The time allocated for questions is up to the instructor’s discretion (either during or at the end of the lesson). However, students should take into account the available time for questions, reducing the number of questions addressed to the instructor and enabling their fellow students to raise their own questions.
THE ABOVE PRINCIPLES APPLY ALSO DURING THE EXAMINATIONS
Important Information on the examinations
The examination for the BSA BARISTA Level 1 PLUS Certification is a closed-book assessment comprised of:
- A theoretical examination consisting of 15 questions of short written answers that should be answered within 60 minutes. All examination questions are based on the learning outcomes. The main study material and the supplementary manual constitute the Program’s curriculum.
Successful performance at this unit requires a minimum mark of 60 per cent.
- The practical examination in which the candidate is assessed by the Accredited/Trainer/BSA Examiner in the preparation of products may last up to 60 minutes. Across all stages and objects of examination, the candidate should prove adherence to the steps and specifications of the organization during the preparation of products.
- The language of examination will be Greek.
A minimum total grade (Written & Practical Assessment) of 66% is required for successful performance in the Educational Program and the awarding of the BSA BARISTA Level 1 PLUS Certification.
|Mark of 92% and above||Pass with Distinction|
|Mark of between 82% and 91%||Pass with Merit|
|Mark of between 66% and 81%||Pass|
|Mark of 65% and below||Fail|
BSA® Awards does not award Titles of Studies/Certificates unless all prerequisites and assessment requirements regarding the studies and the examinations for each Program of studies are fulfilled (aegrotat pass).
Persons with Disabilities
Candidates with special examination and assessment requirements, are requested to inform the Enrollments officer and/or the Examinations officer on any such requirement prior to enrollment on a Program. It is the policy of WSET Awards that such candidates should not be placed at a disadvantaged position during the courses or at the examinations. Where appropriate, WSPC and WSET may request from the student to submit an official medical opinion by a qualified state body related to the candidate in question.
Candidates may apply to resit the examination if they failed the examinations. There is no limit on the number of attempts to resit the examinations. Candidates who have passed the examinations are not allowed to resit to improve their grade.
- Examinations are compulsory. If a candidate does not sit the examination on the fixed date and time, it will be possible, to request and sit the next possible examination (non–show re–sit exam): €49,00.
- If a candidate fails it will be possible, to request and re-sit the next possible examination on a (re–sit exam): €95,00.
- Enrollment in BSA BARISTA Level 2 Plus requires successful performance in the BSA BARISTA Level 1 Plus examinations.
Requirements, regulations and examination conditions
1. To participate in the examinations, candidates must adhere to the following specific conditions:
- At the start of the examination, all candidates must submit to the invigilator a statutory identification document with a photograph (identity card or a driving license or a passport).
- Candidates should bring their own: Hb2-type pencils, erasers, pencil sharpener.
- Candidates must bring their own bottle of water.
- The examination should be completed within the time foreseen.
- No note or explanation is to be made on any material, in whatever form, other than the examination multiple-question paper and answer sheet.
- Any communication between candidates of any kind shall not be permitted.
- The use of electronic devices of any kind (mobile phones, smart phones, smart watches, tablets etc) shall be prohibited.
- Candidates shall be forbidden to take photographs of the examination room or the examination material.
- The use of any kind of dictionaries is forbidden.
- The use of audible alarms from any kind of watch is prohibited.
- It is at the invigilator’s discretion to allow entry to late arriving candidates and only if this does not disturb the examination process.
- Candidates are not allowed to leave the room before the first 15 minutes of the examination time have elapsed.
- Candidates who complete the examination prior to its official ending, may leave the room on condition that they do not disturb the other candidates. After leaving the room, re-entry shall not be allowed.
- The invigilators have no authority to comment, interpret or express an opinion on any examination question or/and on any conceptual question raised by candidates.
- Any candidate suspected of inappropriate behavior, shall be called upon to leave the examination room immediately and his/her examination paper shall be submitted to the Examinations Committee which shall determine its validity and any future prohibition to participating in the examinations.
- The sheet with the examination questions shall not be removed from the examination room. Candidates who fail to submit the questions sheet along with their answer sheet, shall be considered to have breached the rules.
- It is forbidden to reveal the examination content to others or anyhow reproduce it.
2. Candidates must also comply with the invigilator’s instructions. Failure to do so may result in the examination results becoming invalid.
3. The examination papers submitted for assessment belong to BSA® Awards and shall not be returned to candidates.
BSA BARISTA Level 1 Plus to students successfully completing the course
On receiving the certificates from BSA London, WSPC sends the BSA BARISTA Level 1 Plus qualification to successful students by courier. The cost for dispatching the certificates shall be borne by the recipient to make sure that this official document will reach the beneficiary on own responsibility.
WSPC shall assume no responsibility in case of negligence in receiving the certificate on behalf of the beneficiary. In case of certificate loss, re-issuing by the BSA® Awards costs €50.00.
Where do classes take place?
At our state-of-the-art facilities in Paleo Faliro. In a facility of 1,250 sq.m, in the specially designed Coffee-Cocoa-Tea Lab (CCT Lab) in line with the strictest health and safety specifications. virtual tour
Are there any on conditions in place for my enrollment in live classes and therefore for entering the school?
WSPC is subject to an educational and health protocol. Therefore, the registration in all in person educational programs is for students who meet the requirements, as defined by the bodies responsible for ensuring Public Health.
Is there an age requirement for participation in this programme?
No. In the event of students under the age of 18 parental consent is required.
How can I better prepare myself for the class?
Is there a V.A.T rate applied on the tuition fees?
No, because WSPC is an educational organization certified by the Ministry of Education.
What do tuition fees include?
Everything. The fees cover the Greek edition of the Program’s books (, the enrollment in BSA London, the examination cost, the exam paper and the issuing of the Title of Studies from BSA London, the teaching hours by a certified instructor, the tasting samples bought (free samples are not accepted), as well as any logistics cost for the overall program.
May I be absent from the class?
Attending the courses and sitting the examinations is compulsory.
What happens if I do not show up at the examinations?
You may enroll to participate in the next scheduled examination of the Program, either in the same city or in another city where exams will be held, paying the non-show re-sit exam fee standing at €49.
What happens if I fail the examinations?
You may enroll to participate in the next scheduled examination of the Program, either in the same city or in another city where exams will be held, paying the re-sit exam fee standing at €95.
How long does it take for the results to be announced?
It takes four (4) work weeks following the examination date.
How do I get informed about the results?
By e – mail from the WSPC Admissions & Awards team.
What does it mean to succeed in examinations?
You become holder of the internationally renowned BSA BARISTA Level 1 PLUSCertification awarded by the BSA (Beverage Standards Association) headquartered in the United Kingdom (London), and you may advance to the next level of studies (BSA BARISTA Level 2 PLUS).
How do I receive my certification?
On receiving the certificate from London, WSPC (BSA), sends your Certification by courier. The cost for dispatching the certificates shall be borne by the recipient to make sure that this official document will reach you, as the beneficiary on own responsibility.
May I pay the fees in installments?
Is there a possibility for corporate enrollments?
Yes, it is possible. Contact us to fill you in.
What action is taken in the event of interruption of live classes due to force majeur, as was the case with the pandemic COVID-19?
Should an unforeseen situation occur, classes continue through an online platform. Online classes constitute an accurate extension and continuation of your studies, fully aligned with the requirements as set by the circumstances and the Ministry of Education & Religious Affairs.
The high level of seminars, the well-structured educational material, and the participation of renowned professionals with high working experience raised the level of teaching. The knowledge I was exposed too, was practically applied, and helped both my professional and personal development.
After years of experience as a Barista, I decided to try a more responsible position in the hospitality sector. I had to enrich my CV with a relevant qualification to be able to claim the position I coveted at the hotel where I had worked in the past. After a lot of research, I decided to enrol on the BSA seminar due to its prestige and international acclaim because the hotel unit I was interested in working was a foreign interest company. Indeed, it was the best step I took because I was finally selected for the job, after also completing a seminar in bartending. This is indeed a truly substantial and interesting seminar useful to any barista wishing to make a career.
I chose this seminar because its thematic units, both in theory and practice, span across the entire range of a Barista responsibilities. As I didn’t have previous working experience in the field, the theory on coffee and tea, learning the proper use of an espresso machine and the training in the different extraction methods, enabled me to look for a job and to now being employed by one of the largest Greek coffee chains.
On top of being my job, coffee is also my passion and therefore I wanted to broaden my knowledge. After doing research, I discovered that many seminars are offered on coffee, without providing either international certification, or a degree. So, I chose the BSA and it was the best thing I could do for myself. The training was awesome, and I was able to practically understand all the theory; the tutors, with their high level of expertise and the ability to transmit knowledge stood by my side, always smiley and patient, ready to answer all my questions (many indeed!); I acquired abundant knowledge building on the already existing one. The most important of all was that on completion of the program, I went back to my workplace, fully capable of applying all this knowledge. For all the above reasons and for many more, I decided to pursue my training at BSA and my experience became even more fascinating achieving also the Level 2 high-end qualification.
I attended this seminar because I wanted to focus on hot beverages; there is a whole philosophy behind this category that I wanted to learn about. It was an excellent seminar with tutors displaying a high level of expertise both in theory and practice. First and foremost, it was a useful seminar because by learning the history of raw materials, we learn to respect the raw materials quality and quantity. The techniques being taught are also very important as they impact on the outcome.
Coffee is for me a journey in a world of unique experiences, high demands, and successive changes. Therefore, as a professional I need to continuously update my knowledge to offer myself and consumers the pleasure of this journey. So, picking Marilena, Vaggelis and the rest of the team, I discovered a unique interactive, educational experience. In addition to the abundance of knowledge found in the full and perfectly structured educational material, I discovered mistakes I used to make, and I was able to drastically improve myself, helped by the structure of the seminar and the application of knowledge in real life. It is also worth mentioning the state-of-the-art equipment, the impeccable running of exams and the ongoing professional support on completion of seminars. I would like to thank my buddies for the beautiful and special moments. Keep going.
The seminar offered me targeted knowledge, without dwelling on generalities. The tutors provided analytical teaching both in theory and in practice. I totally recommend that all young passionate practitioners, with love for coffee, enrol on Levels 1 & 2 to acquire the basic knowledge required for every young Barista starting a career and for further building up knowledge, combined with the work experience, in the immense and ever evolving world of coffee.
In 2014, following a recommendation by some professionals in the wine industry, I began my studies in WSPC, attending the WSET Level 1; at this point I couldn't begin to imagine how long and special this journey would turn out. The excellent structure of the school's curriculum, the imparting of knowledge on every aspect of wine, the familiarisation with all the wine regions of the world combined with the high level and the ethos of tutors encouraged me to continue studying, advancing to higher levels with an increasing momentum. So, in 2017, and while being professionally active in a totally different industry, I found myself in Santorini, kicking off the fascinating path of WSET Diploma. It is an uncommon, demanding, but above all an exciting journey that I managed to successfully accomplish by obtaining the much-coveted qualification in 2019.
The well-structured, rigorous education and the charm of the teaching staff motivated me to go as far as WSET Level 3 and WSPC HESTIA Advanced Certificate and I am now seriously thinking of attempting the WSET Diploma. My job is not related to wine but to printings of refrigerator food labels and content production for various sectors. However, wine is an important part of my life and in the upcoming period I will expand my professional activities in this sector.
I began my studies in wine and spirits at WSPC where I attended Levels 1,2,3 in wines, HESTIA Certificate and Spirits. In 2017, I embarked on WSET DIPLOMA and I will never forget the top level of education and teaching. A very important part for me is the Pan-Hellenic Association of Sommeliers.
Knowing that WSET is the top school for studies in wine, in 2016 I began my studies at WSPC Wine & Spirit Professional Center. The school’s excellent organization, the highly trained tutors, the very well-structured curriculum per level of qualification offering a thorough education and the school’s new premises were my incentive and inspiration to fervently complete, notwithstanding the challenges, the first three WSET L1-L2-L3 and the L3 HESTIA Certificate. And although my career, for many years now, is in stark contrast to the world of wine, as I am a mechanical engineer, the world of wine cast its spell on me and I am now attending at the WSPC, the WSET Diploma, the most challenging, albeit fascinating, wine journey.
Through WSPC, the best organization in the wine industry, both in Greece and abroad, I met wonderful people with dedication and love for wine. A team of professionals ready to teach students everything about wine. Acquiring WSPC Level 4, the WSET Diploma, I expect to complete this journey having in parallel started the Court of Master Sommeliers (CMS Europe), a program with a hospitality-oriented focus. All these studies combined with my working experience in wine restaurants and in Michelin-star rated restaurants led me to the ‘wine paradise’ where I am currently working, the Private Members Club 67 PallMall in London.
It was back in 2015 when I became a student at WSPC. I didn’t have to think it twice, the wine training offered by the school is excellent. First and foremost, the school offers wine education and behaviour! Students acquire critical thinking. Not only are we taught by top level tutors to describe, judge, and score a wine but also to respect wine, its culture, the land, the winemaker and the vine grower. I would like to personally thank WSPC, Mr. Konstantinos Lazarakis and first and foremost my mentor, Mr. Yiannis Koulelis who taught me how to love wine and broaden my wine horizons daily; to long for learning, to constantly discover why this journey in the world of wine is endless!