Barista Skills Training

Program temporarily closed

About the Course

Tailored around the growing demands of the specialty coffee industry, the Barista Training program guides you through the basic operations of a café and the skills required to be a barista.

Industry professionals lead classroom and hands-on training in espresso arts, coffee history, customer service, and café operations. Case management and job readiness assistance is also provided to each student. The 8-week training program is available to anyone over the age of 16.

A Goodwill Certificate of Completion will be awarded upon successful completion of all program contents.

What Do You Cover?

  • Coffee Brew Methods
  • Espresso Machine and Milk Steaming
  • Pantry Station
  • Standard & Specialty/Handcrafted Recipes
  • Catering
  • Kitchen, Café & Food Safety
  • Customer Service
  • Cash register / POS
  • Cafe operations

Sample Jobs You'll Be Ready For

  • Barista “Staff”
  • Pantry Station
  • Cashiering
  • Café Operations


  • Open to ages 16+
  • 8-week training program
  • Professional staff with extensive experience in specialty coffee and café management
  • Small student-to-instructor ratio
  • Training is provided at no cost to students


Monday-Friday | 6:30am – 3:30pm

Class, Café & Kitchen Learning

714 South 27th St. | Tacoma, WA

Requirements: Age 16 or older, reliable transportation, Completed CRED Course (Goodwill provided - 2 weeks), Skills Orientation (1 day)

Attend an Information Session

2nd & 4th Thursday of every month

1:00pm – Drop-ins welcome


3rd Floor of Goodwill’s Milgard Work Opportunity Center

714 S. 27th St., Tacoma, WA

Coffee Buzz

Student-run cafe
Milgard Work Opportunity Center

714 S. 27th St., Tacoma, WA
(1st floor)
Mon-Thu 7:30am – 3:00pm;
Fri 7:30am – 1:30pm

Coffee Buzz

Student-run cafe
Hilltop Medical Center

1202 M.L.K. Jr Way, Tacoma, WA
Mon-Thur 7:30am – 3:00pm; Fri 7:30am – 1:30pm

Dominique Success Story

Success Story

Dominique C.

Dominique had never been unemployed until last summer. For the past eight years, she has worked hard to provide for herself and her three young boys.

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