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Meet the Trainer - Dan Smith

Hey guys, I’m Dan, I’m the Head Coffee Roaster at First Fruits and founded FF Coffee in 2014 in my garage in Brisbane, shortly after leaving the Army. I am passionate about coffee and business and enjoy sharing what I have learnt along the way.

A little while ago we decided that education was something that we were about, we even included it in our core values.

I would love to have you along to one of our training sessions

Please see the calendar to book yourself into a course.

Cupping and Sensory Development

This course gives insight into how coffee roasters, baristas and Q graders test and evaluate coffee. You will learn how to taste coffee using methods taught by our Head Roaster - Dan Smith.

Teaching Points

1. Cupping introduction

2. Learning the cupping protocols

3. Cup different coffees and evaluate

4. Taste the same coffee as espresso and learn the difference

Can’t wait to show you the depth of coffee. This course would be a great present for family or friends and there needs be no prior learning. It may be a great course to complete before doing one of our barista modules or if you just want to develop your sensory skills.

Cupping is the wine tasting of coffee, and in this course we will teach you how to truly appreciate the coffee that we all take for granted. Not simply a cupping course, this will take you through the ‘why’ of flavour, and you will learn how the flavours you taste in cupping transfer to the espresso and other coffees you drink every day.


Professional Barista

The course has three levels, and each level runs for three hours. The first time through students will cover all of the basics of being a barista. This includes things like approaching any general café set up and the different equipment. Students will learn to ‘dial in’ coffee and steam the milk, and then pour some beautiful latte art to boot! Among all this, we’ll be sure to teach the other side of the coin: cleaning and maintaining the equipment, and other information that is often overlooked.

We are excited to offer you our barista courses. We have 5 levels of course with levels 1-3 being the most completed as they range from beginner to competent. Please see below for the teaching points for each course.

Level 1, 2.5 - 3 hours $100pp

On this course we set the foundations for making espresso based beverages.

Teaching Points

  • History of coffee, growing regions and coffee processing

  • Components of a coffee machine

  • Dosing a coffee handle

  • Dialling in the grind

  • Basic milk texturing

  • Maintenance and end of day close

  • Workflow and cafe work

Level 2 , 2.5 - 3 hours $100pp

On this course we really get stuck into how to make the different types of coffee that customers order.

  • Work through the coffee menu

  • Coffee vessel selection

  • Workflow and cafe work- we go a bit deeper into the workflow aspect of how to make multiple beverages quickly and efficiently

Level 3, 2 hours $100pp

This course is the culmination of all the previous training. We will put you on a machine for an hour and give you dockets simulating a cafe environment. This is a pass/fail course and students will need to reach the appropriate skill level to be given the title of First Fruits Coffee Barista. You will have 3 attempts but don’t worry there is plenty of practice time and students will usually pass if they have applied themselves correctly.


Latte Art

This fantastic course will teach you the foundations of latte art. You will learn how latte art works and how you can manipulate the milk to make amazing patterns. The course will scale in difficulty depending on the level of the group. It is suitable for every level of skill.