BeanScene magazine - Danes Specialty Coffee Institute

BeanScene magazineWe are mentioned in an article in BeanScene magazine for September 2016.

For years, Danes has been sharing its world-class knowledge and methods to help baristas enhance the workplace.

Well-trained staff are integral to a successful specialty coffee business. With this in mind, Danes Specialty Coffee Institute (DSCI) has created the ultimate specialty coffee training facility. Using only the most current, best-practice methods in the industry, DSCI built a reputation as an outstanding centre for specialty coffee knowledge.

Located in Brookvale on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, the facility offers the most comprehensive specialty coffee training program for baristas in Australia. Danes is the only Australian licensed training partner of the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA). This enables DSCI to deliver the SCAA International Professional Development Program (IDP).

The SCAA is the world’s largest coffee trade association, and its training program is recognised as a world leader in specialty coffee development and training.

A wide range of barista courses developed in-house is on offer at DSCI, as are SCAA certified courses. DSCI’s robust course offering includes Le Nez du Café, Specialty Alternate Brewing Workshop, Espresso Bar Efficiency and Workflow, and Seed to Cup.

Since its formation in 1999, DSCI has welcomed thousands of international and Australian students, arming them with the skills they need to provide world-class coffee to an increasingly discerning customer base. DSCI trainers are highly motivated, accredited teaching professionals with a true passion for specialty coffee development, and have completed all components of the SCAA IDP.
Let us help your staff reach their maximum potential, and see your business thrive.

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Interview with Caleb Cha - Latte Art World Champion

SCAA updates the Coffee Taster's Flavour Wheel

SCAA FlavorWheel 200pxIn a major announcement, the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) has updated its Coffee Taster’s Flavor Wheel for the first time in its 21-year history. 

This is a story with great significance as it is the foundation of all sensory evaluation in the coffee industry.

SCAA have said "This is the largest and most collaborative piece of research on coffee flavor ever completed, inspiring a new set of vocabulary for industry professionals. This groundbreaking new tool will shift the way our industry thinks about and utilizes coffee flavor."

Coffee professional wishing to keep their skills up to date should consider the range of SCAA classes offered year round by the Danes Specialty Coffee Institute including sensory evaluation techniques.

Read the full announcement from SCAA

The Grand Latte Art Championships 2015 Video

The Coffee Experience

Join Danes and the SCAA at The Coffee Experience 2015 to build and progress your skills as a barista and coffee professional! After a series of successful courses at The Coffee Experience 2014 and the Melbourne International Coffee Exhibition 2015, Danes are excited to announce that they will be offering the classes at this year’s Coffee Experience. The classes offered at TCE 2015 include:

- Espresso and Milk Steaming Fundamentals

- Grind, Dose, Tamp and Extract

- Brewing and Extraction Workshop

- Orientation to SCAA Cupping

As well as the classes, practical examination slots for the Barista Guild of America Level 1 will be offered, along with Golden Cup Technician Examinations.

View the course calendar - available Thursday 3 Sept to Saturday 5 Sept 2015.

2015 International Grand Latte Art Championship Winners

iglac 2015 winner Sam Taylor

  • 1st Sam Taylor - Congratulations!
  • 2nd Sam Low
  • 3rd Axl Chan

Sam Taylor has won first place in the Danes International Grand Latte Art Championship, held at Café Pyd in Waterloo, New South Wales on 7 August.

The Head Barista at The Baron in Castle Hill out-poured 36 top latte artists to win the $3000 first prize and a Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) Level 1 and Level 11 Training Package.

Sam Lowe of Atomic Coffee Roasters took out second place and Axl Chan of The Bunker Café in Darlinghurst came in third.


“Thanks Paul it was a really great night!
Thank you to Helen and all the Danes team for an incredible job and a huge night!”
Marian Calabrisello - Saneremo Australia
“Congratulations again Paul. A smashing success.”
Charles Stephens - Espresso Company Australia
“Stunning location, awesome attendance and some great Latte art battles.
It was our pleasure to support such innovative marketing and industry initiatives.”
Rodger Williamson - Water Filter Services (WFS)

2015 International Grand Latte Art Championship

GLAC LogoDanes Specialty Coffee is pleased to announce the inaugural 2015 International Grand Latte Art Championship

The Format. Fast, Intense, fun, spectator friendly and interactive Latte Art competition that is an open competition for baristas and Latte Artists from all over the world. Three rounds of competition beginning with 1 knockout, elimination round that sees competitors create one Latte Art creation from the ‘Grand Latte Art Championship (GLAC) E-Wheel’. 

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SCAA Courses at MICE 2015

mice 2015The Specialty Coffee Association Of America (SCAA) will be running courses at the Melbourne International Coffee Expo (MICE) from 13th to 15th March 2015. Danes Specialty Coffee will be assisting with the Barista courses and coordination of the training.


SCAA courses are available all year round at Danes Specialty Coffee Institute.  Discounts are available for SCAA members and for group course bookings.


SCAA Courses

SCAAMember2014Danes Specialty Coffee has partnered with Specialty Coffee Association Of America (SCAA) to become an accredited SCAA training partner in our SCAA accredited training Lab. The courses and accreditation now include Specialty Coffee Association of America professional development program.

Courses will re-commence in February 2015

Danes Barista Trainers - Applications Open

The Danes Barista Trainer (DBT) opportunity is a full time role where the trainer is immersed in the Danes coffee world and will learn Barista training, barista accreditation, cupping, customer support, machine calibration, and much more. The outcome is to further develop their barista skills, coffee knowledge and palate to go to the next level and grow within the coffee industry.

A successful Danes Barista Trainer applicant must complete a three month trial in the role to assess suitability. If successful then a twelve month contract for a DBT is offered. During the twelve months the trainer is hands on in training and assessing coffee from all perspectives. The trainer will progress through the Danes accreditation ranks which begins with our Danes Formare Level, Barista Level I, Barista Level II and is expected to progress to our Danes Avanzato Level by the end of the term.

A DBT applicant must have a minimum of three years prior barista experience and a Love for great coffee. For more information on becoming a Danes Barista Trainer or if you would like to forward your resume to be considered for a DBT please email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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