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Coffee School: Introduction to Espresso

Ready to become your favorite barista? New to espresso or looking for a refresher? Introducing Intro to Espresso, training designed specifically for you, the home barista. This self-paced online course will give you the tools, tips, and tricks to confidently work your equipment and make great espresso. Included is a free one-on-one virtual coaching session with your instructor to refine your technique and answer any questions.

A 50% discount is automatically applied when purchased with an espresso machine or grinder.

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Coffee School one-on-one coaching with Sam

Coffee School: One-on-One Coaching

Book thirty minutes with Coffee School's Lead Educator. Having trouble dialing in your grinder? Need help perfecting your milk steaming technique? Or, maybe you want someone to tell you that you're doing everything right! Sam will jam-pack your one-on-one video call with barista tips and actionable advice tailored to your situation. You'll leave with your questions answered and the secret to better mornings (better coffee). 

Training is available Monday-Friday, 9:00 am to 6 pm PST. Once purchased, you'll receive an email to book a time with your instructor. Are you purchasing it as a gift? No problem! Leave your recipient's name and email in the notes at checkout, and we'll set up a time! Can't get off the 9-5 grind and need a weekend training? Email us at 

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Online Coffee School, Intro to Milk Steaming and Latte Art

Coffee School: Introduction to Milk Steaming & Latte Art

Whether you're new to home espresso or just in need of some guidance on perfecting your cappuccino, we've created Intro to Milk Steaming and Latte Art with you in mind. This self-paced online course will bust milk-steaming myths and show you up close how to pour basic latte art designs. Included is a free one-on-one virtual coaching session with your instructor to refine your technique and answer any questions.

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Coffee School: Water 101 with Third Wave Water

Coffee School: Water 101 with Third Wave Water

We are sure you've heard it many times before— your coffee is only as good as your water. As we believe your coffee depends on water quality, and your equipment's longevity rests in its hands, we wanted to make you an expert in all things water. So, we've partnered up with the co-founder of Third Wave Water, Charles Nick, to teach you how to test and treat your water so you can have better coffee and happy equipment in under thirty minutes! 

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Coffee School: Introduction to Home Brewing

Ready to stop spending three dollars on a cup of coffee every day? Learn how the pros make that cup of coffee you're so excited to drink the next morning you can hardly sleep. Intro to Home Brewing is a self-paced online course designed to get you making the best tasting cup of coffee as quickly as possible. Whether you use a pour over, French Press, or drip coffee maker, we are sure better coffee will be coming to your kitchen. No experience or prior knowledge is required. 

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Meet the instructors

Sam Pinkerton


Sam has been a part of the Clive family since Sept of 2018. She came to us from Florida where her love of coffee was discovered by working as a barista. In 2015, Sam landed in Portland to work with Portland Coffee Roasters as their primary wholesale account manager and coffee trainer. During this time, she also did work for Pacific Foods Barista Series alternative milk in their lab and at SCAA. Sam has taught classes at the American Barista & Coffee Workshops in Portland, as well as leading home barista classes at Clive. Now spearheading the entire education department at Clive, her focus is on our learn espresso journal articles, live classes in Portland, and now online-only classes. Sam’s approach to teaching is thorough, careful, and most importantly, light-hearted and fun.

Charles Nick


It took an entire year operating an aviation consulting business out of local cafes until I discovered great coffee. I always liked coffee but never loved it until an introduction to a high-quality African light roast coffee. I had no idea coffee could taste so good! When my perception shifted, so did my business mission from space and aviation to now helping others discover great coffee. The adventure started by creating a coffee subscription service called The Wright Cup. That experiment led to the co-founding of Third Wave Water due to a much larger need to discover the profound effects that water can have when brewing coffee. We launched Third Wave Water in 2016, quickly finding our way onto ABC’s TV show Shark Tank, sharing our solution to fix the water-for-coffee problem while spreading the good news of specialty coffee to the Sharks and their audience. Join us as we discuss why water is so essential to brewing a great cup of coffee and what you can do about it.



Hailing from New Orleans, Sean developed a passion for coffee at a very early age. With 10 years of barista and coffee training experience under his belt, he joined the Clive CX team in the Summer of 2019—wanting to give espresso enthusiasts more intimate and close instruction. Sean loves pouring lattes and he’d love to pour one with you sometime.



A Portland native, August has been in the coffee industry for over a decade. Getting his start in a well-known coffee chain and working his way through many specialty cafes, he served as the Director of Training for the American Barista & Coffee workshops before joining the team at Clive. August has consulted for Pacific Foods in the creation of their Barista Series alternative milks, created training programs for Trailhead Coffee Roasters and Water Avenue Coffee, and traveled around the country to help aspiring cafe owners learn the craft of specialty coffee. More than anything, August wants you to have fun with your morning coffee ritual, no matter how you brew it!