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Coffee Expert

The most complete course for bar professionals

Course program


An opportunity to enter the world of quality coffee via a comprehensive overview of the different activities associated with the product, the service and the management of the café, from both a practical and a theoretical standpoint. A general view of the bean’s journey, from the plant in its countries of origin to its transformation in the cup.


Day 1
-History, customs and coffee transformation techniques across the world;
-Cultivation, production and trading of green coffee;
-Industrial production process of coffee.

-Characteristics peculiar to espresso coffee;
-Practical and theoretical studies on the espresso machine and the grinder-doser;
-Rules for extracting the perfect espresso, maintenance and set-up of the machine;
-Cappuccino and other coffee-based preparations.

Day 3
-Practical tests on the visual, aromatic and gustatory tactile analysis of espresso coffee;
-Techniques and ideas for achieving a perfect cappuccino.

If the course is held in Trieste, it will include a guided tour of the illycaffè plant.

Type of course: practical and theoretical

Language: English

Duration: 3 days

Target participants: 
The course is aimed at all professionals and entrepreneurs wishing to broaden their skills or seeking to enter the food and beverage sector.

Cost: € 810 + VAT 22%. 40% discount for our clients: € 510 + VAT 22%


Where and when

via Flavia 110, Trieste Duration: 3 days 

Info and cost

How to enroll:
- by calling the toll free number 800 821 021 Monday to Friday, from 9am to 5pm (free from Italy only);
- by filling in the form More info.

A typical day
Lectures start at 9 am and finish at around 5.30 pm. In the classroom, teachers and students get to know each other quickly in the informal atmosphere. The courses involve many practical activities and participants can have a go at the different preparations themselves.


List price: € 850 + 22% VAT
illy client price: € 510 + 22% VAT

For courses held at the Università del caffè headquarters in Trieste, the fee includes:
- a shuttle service between the affiliated hotels and the Udc of Trieste (return);
- all lunches and coffee breaks plus dinner on the first day of the course.

The fee does not include hotel accommodation.