A specialty coffee class, training in Chicago and Chicagoland. A barista pouring a cold brew coffee into a mason jar.

First Steps In Craft Coffee.

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We'll awaken your inner barista.

So, you are ready to start brewing amazing craft coffee at home, but you're not sure where to start. We've got you. First Steps In Craft Coffee is designed get you brewing, soon. There are two ways the training can take place—in-person or virtually, over a video call.

Step 1: Determining your needs (30 min)

Step 2: Gear selection (30 min)

Step 3: Set-up and gear training (1.5 h)

Step 4: Learning the technique (2 h)

Step 5: Overview (30 min)

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Q: Who is this class intended for?
A: It’s for beginners, so we’ll assume that you have no or very little prior experience with coffee. Our goal is to create a fun, non-intimidating experience to get you brewin'.

Q: Can I invite a friend or two?
A: By all means, the more the merrier! However, they (or you) will need to purchase a separate class. The good news is that you will be handsomly rewarded with a discount. You can invite up to 4 friends.

Q: Can we skip the gear selection part? I’m not sure if I’m ready to commit yet.
A: Not a problem! It’s actually a great idea to take it slow. You can always get the gear if you feel like you want to take it to the next level.

Q: Can I pick which brewing technique we learn?
A: Sure thing! Nothing is off limits. If you don’t know where you want to start, we’ve got you covered, too.

Q: Can you come to my place?
A: Yes. As a matter of fact, currently, that’s the only option we offer. An online class is always a possibility, too.

Q: Do you charge a travel fee?
A: Generally, no. If you live within 25 miles from our office in the Loop (downtown Chicago), there is no extra travel fee. If you live farther away, there may be a surcharge to cover mileage and extra time. We’ll work with you to make it feasible.

Q: Do I have to buy coffee beans myself?
A: No, we’ll bring amazing coffee with us as well as all the necessary equipment. Unless, we go the online route or if you prefer to brew yours—that’s fine, too.

Q: What are the minimum internet requirements for the online class?
A: For best experience, a high-speed broadband connection of 4Mbps down / 512kbps up is recommended. At a minimum, you will need a connection of 512kbps down / 128kbps up. We will use appear.in service in most cases. You are welcome to use a computer or a mobile device.