Though it is not cheap by any means (we've listed some $40 and $75 classes before), I hear that the intensive Barista training class that Intelligentsia offers at their main Chicago location is rich in knowledge and worth the money.
The class starts with a tour at 1pm on the days it is scheduled, and the training starts in earnest at 2pm and goes for 3 hours. You'll learn all the beginner aspects of great coffee and espresso and some advanced things too, like latte art pouring and more.
Intelligentsia runs one of these classes every month. Class size is usually between 4 and 8 students but check with them to find out the max and minimum class sizes.
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