Wonder how many barista's out there have formal training? Would like to hear a little of your experiences.
I was trained by Mike Marquard, of Kaldi's Coffee Roasters (who recently won the MWRBC, congrats!). He focused primarily on the consistency of the shot. We weighed dosings until I could consistently dose to within .05 grams of the goal. We then studied the pour- when to know it's a good shot, when to stop, etc. Then came the inner workings of the machine, maintenance, etc. Cuppings are a monthly even, required every other month from the baristas. Now I'm running my own shop! Any further questions, holla.
This blog hasn't moved for a while. I've been in the coffee industry for 12 years. I taught myself with the help of belissimo. Since then I've done a tour with Sbux, Peets, It's a Grind and a couple of independents. I guess I've had alot of people tell me how to do coffee, but I'd say that I'm the only one that makes me passionate about serving the perfect cup of coffee. I've trained countless people and the passion is what I've tried to impart. A love for coffee and the product one produces. I've stressed the importance of how the drink is built and how the shot is pulled. So in all I've taught more about coffee than I've ever learned simply because I love the experience. If there is a Barista training, it's not about the technical skill, it's about the passion.
why don't you considered hiring a well knowledge Barista trainor to do your training, standardizing the menu.