Coffee is the most popular beverage in the world and Americans are its number one consumers. Many of us enjoy or rely upon drinking this invigorating brew daily, but rarely stop to consider what it takes to get the coffee into our hands. This seminar will provide foundational coffee knowledge for industry professionals and home enthusiasts. From legends of dancing goats to written historical accounts of Sufis in Yemen, we will explore the history and cultivation of the coffee plant as it traveled the globe. Coffee variety, terroir, growing region, micro-climate, processing, and roast level all play a major role in the resulting flavor of a particular coffee, before brew method and ratio are even considered. Learn about these factors in this 2 hour seminar and taste some coffee with us.
This hands on Barista Lab offers the basic knowledge and practical skills needed to prepare high quality espresso and espresso based beverages. With an emphasis on sensory perception and tactile experience our instructors will guide students in the following areas of focus: espresso extraction, milk steaming and pouring, drink building and workflow.
Our Training Lab features professional equipment from La Marzocco, Fetco, and Mahlkonig and classes are taught by instructors with years of experience in the Specialty Coffee Industry.
Guidelines for class- Wear closed toe, non-slip shoes. Avoid any strongly scented body products.
DATES: Monday September 25th - 9am-1pm
Monday October 9th - 9am-1pm
Monday November 27th - 9am-1pm
Whether you’re working in a busy café or trying to make the perfect cup at home, this hands on course offers participants the opportunity to learn proper brewing techniques. Our instructors will explain how variables like water temperature, grind size, weight and more can affect extraction and taste. Participants will have access to a variety of brewing devices to see how the same coffee can taste entirely different when made with different devices. This class will run 2.5 hours and be prepared to taste a lot of delicious coffee!
DATES: Monday August 28th, 1pm-3:30pm
Monday September 25th, 1pm-3:30pm
Monday October 23rd, 1pm-3:30pm
Monday November 27th, 1pm-3:30pm
**Barista Fundamentals is a prerequisite for attending this class**
For many, Latte Art is one of the most fascinating and engaging elements to being a barista. In this class, participants will learn the foundations of latte art from basic to more complicated designs. Our instructors will teach the mechanics of how latte art is performed and review how to create simple, yet beautiful designs. We will review how to properly aerate and blend milk as how the numerous variables can contribute or detract from building a pattern. Barista Fundamentals is a prerequisite for attending this class.
DATES: Monday September 18th, 9am-12pm
Monday October 16th, 9am-12pm
Monday November 13th, 1pm-4pm
In this course, participants will learn about all the incredible machines used to make coffee as well as the evolution of the espresso machine through time. From its initial beginnings in Italian cafes to some of the most technologically advanced systems they now utilize, Equipment Fundamentals will explore the world of coffee machinery and how to use it effectively. Ideal for cafe managers and home enthusiasts alike, learn all about the fascinating history and functionality of these machines.
Monday September 18th, 1pm-3:30pm
Monday October 16th, 1-3:30pm
Monday November 20th, 1pm-3:30pm