Barista Basics

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Information about Barista Basics

Published on March 12, 2014

Author: epenczar



Learn about Espresso Drinks

A barista is the name for a person who is a professional coffee maker

 Espresso is simply another method by which coffee is brewed.  Espresso is a beverage that is produced by pushing hot water, between 192⁰F and 204⁰F, at high pressures, through a bed of finely ground, compacted coffee. Kw1p8m-g

 Fill portafilter with ground beans  Tamp ground beans into the portafilter  Tap the side of the portafilter to loosen grounds at the edge and tamp again.  Make sure the beans are tamped tightly into the portafilter and that they are not above the fill line.  Insert the portafilter into the espresso machine  Put a cup under the portafilter  Hit the start button and count to 25

 Crema is a flavorful, aromatic, reddish-brown froth made when air bubbles combine with fine- ground coffee's soluble oils.  The strong presence of crema in an espresso shot indicates a quality, well-ground coffee as well as an experienced barista  Crema helps give espresso a fuller flavor, and a longer aftertaste than drip coffee.

 How to steam milk Never steam milk over 160⁰F

  1/3 each espresso, steamed milk, and foam

 How to Make a Latte’  Shot of espresso, fill with steamed milk, garnish with foam

 Equal parts regular coffee and steamed milk

  Shot of espresso & chocolate syrup, fill with steamed milk garnish with foam

 After each use clean and sanitize the following:  Portafilter  Group Head  Steam Wand  Frothing Pitcher  Keep milk at 41 ⁰F  Always use a clean cup to brew espresso

 Always hold the steam wand at the rubber cover  Never point the steam wand towards yourself or others  Keep work area clean and organized

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