Hospitality, Tourism & Events Wine, Spirits, Sake & Coffee
此課程已列入持續進修基金 CEF 認可課程*
This programme is designed to provide a sound introduction to coffee and coffee brewing for those who are interested in deepening their coffee knowledge.
Students will learn about coffee's journey from its origins in Ethiopia to the major commodity it is today. From growing the beans through drying, roasting, brewing and finally drinking, this programme provides an overview of the coffee value chain. In terms of coffee brewing, students will learn about the various methods and devices for brewing coffee and the brewing variables that affect quality. A “coffee cupping” will be included to allow students to taste the various flavours coffee has to offer. The second part of this programme is activity-based and it provides hands-on instruction on grind profiles, brewing methods, measuring coffee strength and charting coffee's extraction to deliver a delicious, well balanced cup. Students will also learn how to manipulate brewing techniques to improve coffee quality.
INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES
On completion of the programme, students should be able to:
- explain the origin, species, process, roasting and freshness of coffee;
- compare and contrast different coffee brewing methods and devices;
- describe the essential elements of brewing;
- illustrate how brewing guidelines and brewing processes affect the balance of the brewed coffee; and
- demonstrate sensory skills and analysis of brew, and the correct use of brewing equipment.
Why HKU SPACE?
- Graduates of our coffee course will be awarded FOUR different certificates and will achieve points towards the award 'The SCA Coffee Skills Diploma' awarded by the Specialty Coffee Association (SCA).
- Students can taste various samples of coffees during the course of their studies, and they are systematically arranged by classroom session.
- Our coffee course is taught by qualified professionals who are also experienced in coffee education.
- Our coffee course will be delivered by a single teacher, where possible, throughout the entire course to ensure consistency in content and teaching style.
- All coffee beans are carefully and impartially selected from different recognized coffee suppliers to suit the genuine needs of the course.
- Small class-size (max.8) in our coffee course brings about better teaching and learning, and enhances teacher-student interaction.
What will you get?
Upon successful completion of this programme, you will receive:
- HKU SPACE Certificate for Module (Specialty Coffee: Introduction to Coffee and Brewing Skills) 證書(單元 : 精品咖啡之咖啡入門及沖煮技巧), awarded within the HKU system through HKU SPACE.
- "Introduction to Coffee" certificate (soft copy) by the SCA.
- "Brewing Foundation" certificate (soft copy) by the SCA.
- "Brewing Intermediate" certificate (soft copy) by the SCA.
- Free membership of HKU SPACE Alumni Association.
“Specialty coffee” is about all people involved in the coffee value chain work in harmony and maintain a keen focus on standards and excellence from start to finish, and these people include the coffee farmer, the green coffee buyer, the roaster, the barista, and the consumer.
In view of the popularity of fresh coffee and the emergence of coffee-drinking habits in Hong Kong, consumers and people working in the value chain of Specialty Coffee have growing interests to acquire more general knowledge in coffee, as well as coffee brewing skills, so that they can apply it in their workplace and widen their knowledge.
This programme is suitable to coffee enthusiasts so that they can deepen and broaden their coffee knowledge for social purpose; and those who wish to work with coffee as part of a larger beverage portfolio in the retail, wholesale and hospitality sectors, since students will acquire the job skills and competencies of coffee brewing. Students completing the brewing modules (foundation and intermediate levels) may fit with jobs such as sales & marketing (importer / exporter), head barista, coffee shop manager, retain chain manager/quality manager, sommelier, food & beverage manager, coffee machine sales / engineer, etc.
The programme consists of 30 face-to-face teaching hours, 3 hours in each session with coffee tasting, and they are structured into 10 sessions with the following key topics.
This syllabus is adapted from the Coffee Skills Diploma programme guidebooks by Specialty Coffee Association (SCA)
Introduction to Coffee
|VII||Cleaning and Maintenance|
Brewing Methods and Equipment
|V||Cleaning and Maintenance|
Assessment and Awards
This programme will be assessed by three Tests. Setting and marking of the test papers are conducted/verified by the Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) or its Authorized SCA Trainers.
Students have to obtain ‘Pass’ on all assessment components (Test 1 pass with 60% or above, Test 2 pass with 60% or above, and Test 3 pass with 70% or above) and attain 70% attendance for completion of this Certificate for Module programme. Students can re-attempt assessment components if they fail, subject to a fee.
Assessment Type and Weighting
|Assessment Format and Duration||
|Test 1 (20%)||Online MC Questions (22 mins)||
60% and above
|Test 2 (35%)||Online MC Questions (32 mins); and Practical Questions (60 mins)||60% and above|
|Test 3 (45%)||Online MC Questions (60 mins) and Practical Questions (90 mins)||70% and above|
Upon successful completion of the programme, graduates will be awarded the 'Certificate for Module (Specialty Coffee: Introduction to Coffee and brewing Skills)' (證書(單元 : 精品咖啡之咖啡入門及沖煮技巧) within the HKU system through HKU SPACE. In addition, graduates will also be awarded the corresponding SCA award certificates (awarding body: SCA) and will achieve different points towards the award “The SCA Coffee Skills Diploma” (awarding body: SCA) if they fulfill the assessment requirements set by SCA.
|Application Code||2085-2075AW||Apply Online Now|
|Start Date||06 May 2023 (Sat)|
|Apply Online Now|
- 30 hours
3 hours per session; 1-2 sessions per day
Island East Campus
Room 901 or 903
Kowloon West Campus
(Medium of Instruction)
17 March 2023
24 March 2023
31 March 2023
14 April 2023
21 April 2023
|12:00NN - 6:00PM||Kowloon West Campus||
(Cantonese supplemented with English materials)
|21 April 2023||28 February 2023|
6 May 2023
13 May 2023
20 May 2023
27 May 2023
3 June 2023
|12:00NN - 6:00PM||Kowloon West Campus||
(Cantonese supplemented with English materials)
|3 June 2023||15 April 2023|
- The programme team reserves the right to change the above timetable if necessary.
- All classes are subject to sufficient enrolment.
OUR coffee TUTOR
Mr. Chris So
Chris has great passion in coffee and has been certified as a Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) Trainer since 2015. He holds the SCA Coffee Skills Diploma and is a licensed Q Arabica Grader of Coffee Quality Institute. Chris is a professional coffee consultant and his focus is on training, quality control and coffee buying. Chris has been a Head Judge for multiple Hong Kong Coffee Championships and he is also a Certified Sensory Judge for the World Barista Championship, World Brewers Cup, World Coffee in Good Spirits Championship and World Coffee Roasting Championship. Chris won the Hong Kong Coffee in Good Spirits Championship in 2018 and represented Hong Kong and ranked 8th at the World Championship. He has also successfully coached four Hong Kong Champions and one World Champion in Coffee.
In addition to his coffee knowledge, Chris is also a longstanding Wine and Spirit Educator at HKUSPACE and he is an international judge for Wine, Spirit, Sake and Beer. Chris was awarded the "Outstanding Teacher Award of HKUSPACE College of Business & Finance 2018/19" for his teaching excellence.
2012 Hong Kong Siphonist Champion
2013 Hong Kong Siphonist Champion
2013 World Siphonist Champion
2015 Hong Kong Brewers Cup Championship 2nd place
2016 Hong Kong Brewers Cup Championship Champion
2016 Hong Kong Latte Art Championship Champion
2017 World Latte Art Championship 5th place
2018 Hong Kong Siphonist Champion
2018 World Siphonist Champion 4th place
2018 Hong Kong Latte Art Championship Champion
2019 Hong Kong Brewers Cup Championship 3rd place
2013 Hong Kong Clever Cup Contest Champion
2016 Hong Kong Coffee Power Rangers Team Championship Champion
2018 Hong Kong Coffee in Good Spirits Champion
2018 World Coffee in Good Spirits Championship 8th Place
Mr. Keith Tse
Keith is a professional barista and has been working as a barista for over eight years. He is very passionate about coffee and he wishes to share coffee knowledge and professional techniques to more people by being an Authorized Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) Trainer. He holds the ‘Brewing Professional’ and ‘Barista Skills Professional’ from Specialty Coffee Association (SCA).
He is an experienced teacher for barista programmes and he taught barista training programmes for nearly five years for ‘City & Guilds’ and ‘Employees Retraining Board (ERB)’. Students enjoy his coffee classes very much since he is a friendly and open-minded teacher delivering highly interactive and informative classes.
His creativity in practicing latte art has brought him to a world-class level, and he won 4 times the Hong Kong Latte Art Championship in 2016, 2018, 2021 & 2022. He is also the one of the semi-finalists for the 2022 World Latte Art Championship.
2016 Hong Kong Latte Art Championship – Champion
2017 World Latte Art Championship 5th Place
2018 Hong Kong Latte Art Championship – Champion
2021 Hong Kong Latte Art Championship – Champion
2022 Hong Kong Latte Art Championship – Champion
Applicants shall not have any health conditions that made them unfit for coffee tasting.
Note: Applicants who have already obtained SCA "Introduction to Coffee" / "Brewing Foundation" / "Brewing Intermediate" certificate should approach Programme Team before application.
- HK$16,800 per programme inclusive of:
1.) Learning materials in English
2.) Coffee tasting for various types of coffee beans
3.) Test Fee for SCA "Introduction to Coffee" qualification
4.) Test Fee for SCA "Brewing Foundation" qualification
5.) Test Fee for SCA "Brewing Intermediate" qualification
6.) SCA certificate(s) (soft-copy) for each qualification upon successful completion
Note: A Student Service fee of USD 50 for SCA “Introduction to Coffee” Examination, USD 50 for SCA “Brewing Foundation” Examination, and USD 50 for SCA "Brewing Intermediate" Examination will be paid by students directly to SCA, and this is an additional fee on top of the tuition fee (i.e. HK$16,800) to HKU SPACE.
- The CEF Institution Code of HKU SPACE is 100
|Certificate for Module (Specialty Coffee: Introduction to Coffee and Brewing Skills)
證書(單元 : 精品咖啡之咖啡入門及沖煮技巧)
|COURSE CODE 43C133921||FEES $16,800||ENQUIRY 2520-4607|
|Continuing Education Fund
This course has been included in the list of reimbursable courses under the Continuing Education Fund.
Certificate for Module (Specialty Coffee: Introduction to Coffee and Brewing Skills)
Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) is a non-profit trade association worldwide, with a purpose to foster global coffee communities to support activities to make coffee a more sustainable, equitable and thriving activity for the whole value chain. The SCA acts as a unifying force within the specialty coffee industry and works to make coffee better by raising standards worldwide through a collaborative and progressive approach.
This programme is designed for students to acquire some points towards ‘The SCA Coffee Skills Diploma’ awarded by Specialty Coffee Association (SCA). Students completing this programme satisfactorily will simultaneously complete the “Introduction to Coffee” module [10 points], and 2 out of 3 levels of the specialist module “Brewing” (namely Foundation level of Brewing [5 points] and Intermediate level of Brewing [10 points]). Students will also be awarded a SCA certificate (soft copy) of the completed module of the level. If students wish to continue to study other specialist modules, they can choose to study and earn the points they need; once they have achieved 100 points, they will be awarded the SCA Coffee Skills Diploma by the SCA.
Graduates of this programme with a mark of 60% attained in Test 1 will be awarded the “Introduction to Coffee” Certificate (soft copy) by the Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) and will score 10 points towards the SCA Coffee Skills Diploma;
Graduates of this programme with a mark of 60% attained in Test 2 will be awarded the “Brewing Foundation” Certificate (soft copy) by the Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) and will score 5 points towards the SCA Coffee Skills Diploma;
Graduates of this programme with a mark of 70% attained in Test 3 will be awarded the “Brewing Intermediate” Certificate (soft copy) by the Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) and will score 10 points towards the SCA Coffee Skills Diploma.
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