My 1st bar shift today. Yikes it went okay a little stressful. I am learning the menu and the drinks they offer. hopefully the next shift will be better. I had a good time. It was cool I have alot of practical development as a home barista with professional equipment. Working the bar is a totally different experience. I did get some nice latte art on a couple of drinks. Adjusted the grinder finer when no one was looking so the shots where not coming out so fast. Why you may ask because they never have to adjust the grinder. It is always set at the right level. Well we all know a little better. Adjust your grinder at the beginning of your shift and time the shots to make sure you are getting your 25 to 30 second extractions. Continue to adjust it through out the shift as needed to keep the shot volume pouring correctly with in the correct time frame. Changing things a little at a time. I am hopefully optomistic. I hope to be doing the roasting soon as well as I ran my own roasting business for 2 years. Thanks for the support and encouragement everyone. Baristas Rock

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Comment by rob on January 23, 2008 at 11:12am
gratz and good luck

a tip: USE BOTH STEAM WANDS...it is a key to success and I see many baristas not utilizing both....
Comment by nik orosi on January 23, 2008 at 9:13am
yes!!! another barista, another angel! welcome aboard! dont be afraid...may the force be with you
Comment by Mike Shipley on January 22, 2008 at 9:04pm
Gotta start somewhere... good luck man!

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