Now a Certified Barista

Anyone who knows me knows I enjoy coffee more than any other drink out there.
I’ll drink it black, but prefer Lattes. I’ll drink anything though, and enjoy it. Unless it is cheap drip coffee.
Blech.
Anyways, I also plan to open up a small coffeeshop business, selling gourmet Teas, Coffees, etc. So, For my Birthday in Australia, mom and dad bought me a one day class where I became certified in the creation and serving of coffee beverages!

There is the machine I used. It was a simple one, but did all the things you need from an espresso machine. On the right, is the grinder. This machine brewed coffee through a pod into which you tamped the coffee. For this reason, the grinder was very important, as it had to be just right so your espresso would brew correctly.

The day went by very quickly. First we learned about the different types of coffee, and how to distinguish them as a bean, and in a drink. We then learned terminology and proper measurement ratios of espresso to milk. We practiced brewing certain amounts of espresso, and controlling the flow of the espresso as well.

After we mastered the control of espresso and got a consistent good tasting shot, we moved onto the milk portion. Steaming milk is the hardest part of a good Latte. To much froth and you get a foamy and airy top, to little froth and you get a milky warm coffee. We spent the majority of time on this step. I was able to get to a point where every other frothed cup was perfect.

After the creation of coffee was done. We had some spare time left over. So, we went about trying to make little pictures in the coffee Crema. I wasn’t successful in the least.

When closing time came around, we had a small little ceremony where our papers of certification where distributed. We all had to pass a written test in order to obtain the certificates.

So now, I am certified to make and serve espresso and gourmet coffee drinks.

Not bad for a day’s work.  :)

Advertisements

One thought on “Now a Certified Barista

Leave Your Thoughts

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s