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Published December 1st 2015
Life's too short to drink bad coffee
There was a time when a basic cup of instant coffee sufficed, as long as it gave us a dose of caffeine, but our palates have become much more refined and we've all become coffee connoisseurs. Now we appreciate a good quality coffee and have our favourite way of consuming our caffeine, from latte to cappuccino, to long or short macchiato. The skill of extracting a deliciously smooth coffee shot with divinely textured milk is revered.
Barista School Perth offers a range of courses, to teach the professional barista or home aficionado, the knowledge and skills to make a sensational coffee. I attended the Signature and Professional Barista Training Course and now I am enjoying making deliciously smooth coffees on my home coffee machine.
The Signature and Professional Barista Training Course offers plenty of hands on practical time using commercial machines to allow even a novice coffee maker to gain the experience and confidence required to make a café quality coffee.
I assumed most of the people doing a barista course would be doing it for employment but in the Signature and Professional Barista Training Course I did, there were plenty of people doing the course like me, for their personal enjoyment and use. In our group of 10, 2 were planning to start a coffee making business, 2 were doing the course to gain employment and the remaining 6 were interested in impressing their friends and enjoying a great coffee at home or work.
The 3.5hr Signature and Professional Barista course begins with an interesting and informative lesson on the history of the evolution of coffee from simple strong coffee to the fancy and complicated variations of coffee that we enjoy today.
As well as providing the skills and experience required to make a great coffee the class provides extensive knowledge about everything you need to know about coffee. From how coffee is grown and harvested, to the process of roasting the beans to perfectly caramelise the oils and sugars in the beans and what to look for when purchasing beans and optimally storing the coffee for the best flavour.
I was unaware of the complexity and rich variety of coffee beans that are available. My mouth watered as our course trainer, Gemma, described coffees with caramel, nutty and fruity notes. Then the fun began as we started practicing making our own delicious coffees.
Gemma taught us to engage our senses, to listen, feel and smell, to create a perfect coffee. We listened for the change in sound when the milk was finished frothing; smelt the perfect extraction to avoid scorching the beans; watched for the change of colour and wiggle as the coffee ran and felt for the correct temperature of the milk so it was hot but not burnt.
We learnt how to correctly tamp the coffee and tweak the grind to ensure a perfect extraction and how to stretch the milk, by introducing air, to create smooth and luscious froth.
All along the way we tasted our trials, so by the time the class was finished we went home buzzing with a huge caffeine fix, as well as a certificate of completion and a bag of delicious coffee beans to enjoy.