Hey everyone,

I am putting together a Barista 201 class that will be designed for baristas that are just above the beginner level. I want to include a lot of troubleshooting exercises both for milk and extraction.

If anyone has ANY kind of feedback that they want to share that would be helpful. I am still in the brainstorming stage, so there are no bad ideas just ideas, so throw them out there.

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As you know there are different ways to extract different types of shots (i.e. Ristrettos and lungos) that takes some practice. Maybe go over espresso blend components. Start them on latte art basics like easy hearts and apples. Those were the first things that came to mind.
thanks. I am planning on doing a little jam style latte art thing. And the different extraction methods seems like something good to touch on.

I am hoping that my students are a little above this, but you have a pretty good idea of what I am talking about.

Anyone else?
I always include advanced maintenance in my 201 class; taking apart the grinder, backflushing the machine, etc. Also I break down shots pulled into 5 second intervals and have them taste at each to emphasize the different components. Advanced discussion of milks and the differences in steaming. Also I teach sharing a bar, splitting duties so when two people are making drinks during a rush it's not chaos.


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