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Barista Training!

August 26, 2010

Everyone, thanks so much for your comments on my last post. The ball of light idea really seems to help out… and now I just have to work on remembering it more throughout the day.

So a few weeks back, I trekked out to Cuvee Coffee Roasting Company for their barista training. It was so much fun! We got to tour the place, then learned all about how coffee beans are processed, then learned how to pull espresso, then learned how to make milk-based drinks. So now when I get coffee anywhere, I’m watching their methods and scoping out their machines and appreciating their latte art.

Here are a bajillion photos from that day. :)

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One of their growers painted these bags for them with the Cuvee logo! They’re so pretty.

More coffee bag art:

Evidence of the morning’s tastings:

The ginormous coffee roaster:

Basic steps for making an espresso drink, as demonstrated by my classmate:

1. Grind the beans

2. Tamp them down

3. Brew

4. Steam the milk

5. Pour the milk into the espresso

If you’re cool, your drinks might look like this:

If you’re me, your drinks might look like this:

So yeah, I need a lot more practice with latte art. :)

Still, it was so much fun, and it really helped me understand and appreciate coffee more.

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6 Discussion to this post
  1. allyn says:

    great photos! i’d drink your drinks! : ) looks like a lot of fun.

  2. Wei-Wei says:

    Latte art is haaaaard. I’ve tried at home, and I can’t even make a perfect circle, let alone a heart. -____- but still, I would LOVE to be a barista! I wanted to work at a cafe for a summer job but I was too young. Ah well, there’s always next year!

  3. Jodi says:

    What a cool experience, Crystal!

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