genecounts wrote: I'm talking about something that wouid help me improve as a home barista, not commercial.
The question is what are you looking to improve, and in what areas you think you have weaknesses. Based on the answer, this course might or might not be the good fit for you. I'll explain.
It is geared toward a commercial environment. They will teach you to prepare a shot, steam milk, and make the basic rosetta art. Understand that this course is designed for shop owners to send their new baristi for a one day training so that the next day he/she can start pulling shots and make milk drinks. So they teach you to grind into the PF, to level the grounds, tamp and pull. They teach you when to stop the pull (blonding) and to adjust to grinder for the 25 seconds. Then to steam correctly and pour a rosetta. That's it. You have all the rest of the day to practice and practice, taking turns on the machines with the others.
What they don't teach you is to dial in a shot. (I guess because in the shop environment there will be another person who'd do that for the shift). Point is, they want you to practice and practice the basics (more like, your shop owner wants someone else to teach their new barista to a point where they can start preparing drinks for customers). You see the difference?
I think, for a home barista, we pretty much get the basics right here in this forum. What a home barista will want is the dial in and to learn to recognize flavors, defects, and how to correct them and to dial in the espresso beans into their best potential. For that reason, that course (Beginner Barista) is not exactly what you might want. CC might have courses for that, but it is definitely not the Beginner Barista one, and you can't take an advance course before taking their basic.
I think your best bet will be to find a shop's manager or a head barista to come and give you a couple of hours one on one. Either at your home, or at his/her shop.
Don't get me wrong, their course is very good. If you want to get the basics to the level of a working beginner shop barista and practice pulling shots and doing art with trainers for hours, this course is A+.
If you'll ask me blindly if I'll say to take it or not, I'll say take it. It can't hurt, that's for sure.