Barista Training

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


Tailored around the growing demands of the specialty coffee industry, the Barista Training program will guide you through the basic operations of a café and the skills required to be a barista. The 8-week training program is available to anyone over the age of 16.

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, 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-Thursday from 7:30 am-3:00 pm; Friday 7:30 am – 1:30 pm. 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.


  • 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



If you are interested in learning more about the program:

  • Contact 253.573.6656
  • Attend a program orientation-  held at 2:00pm on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month on the 3rd floor of Goodwill’s Milgard Work Opportunity Center.

The Barista Training Program is in partnership with:

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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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