Barista Training

Barista Training

Give your career options a jolt with Goodwill’s Youth Barista Training Program


Tailored around the growing demands of the specialty coffee industry, the Youth Barista Training program will guide you through the basic operations of a café and the skills required to be a barista. The 16-week certificate program is available to youth between the ages of 16-24.

The first half of the program introduces you to the world of coffee, the demands of a café, and the art of a barista. Training focuses on coffee history and theory, safety and sanitation, cash-handling accuracy, customer service excellence, and achieving consistent quality in drink preparation.

As an advanced student, you will have the opportunity to further refine your growing skills in new settings, mentor incoming students, participate in operational tasks, and hone the “soft skills” required to be successful in the workplace.

Industry professionals will 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.

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


The Coffee Buzz is open Monday-Friday from 7am-3pm. Students can expect training shifts during these operational hours, including opening and closing.

Daily attendance is critical to the successful completion of this program. The rapid progression and testing, as well as the frequent introduction of new materials and equipment, require you to perform classroom and café duties as if they were a job.


  • Small student-to-instructor ratio
  • Hands-on learning in an operational café
  • 16 weeks of on-the-job experience
  • Certificate of Completion to document your training for employers
  • Growing community partnerships offer employment and other training opportunities
  • Professional staff with extensive experience in specialty coffee and café management
  • Funding

Goodwill does not charge students for the cost of training.


If you are interested in learning more about the program:

  • Contact 253.573.6500
  • Attend a program orientation-  held at 1:30pm on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month within the REACH Center at Coffee Buzz.

COME VISIT THE BUZZ! Talk to a student firsthand and get a latte while you’re there.

Goodwill Coffee Buzz at Milgard Work Opportunity Center – 1st floor
714 S. 27th Street  | Tacoma


Goodwill Coffee Buzz at Hilltop Regional Health Center
1202 Martin Luther King Jr. Way  |  Tacoma

Barista students that “got the job!”

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