The restaurant down the street from our office has a popular coffee bar. I was just down their enjoying one of those Blizzard drinks and I watched a “barista” make a shot of espresso that lasted all of 8 seconds.
Eight seconds is too short!
The guideline for a proper brewed espresso is between 25 and 30 seconds. Don’t believe me? See CoffeeGeek.
So I have been thinking a little bit about this whole concept of barista education, and I’ve come to the conclusion that while coffee shop owners and restaurant owners probably do not care, it might be interesting to have a barista training workshop. Maybe someone should think about doing this. I’m thinking that coffee shop owners and restaurant owners would pay to have each of their new barista hires attend this workshop. Maybe it would cost $50 and there would be 4 to 8 people in a workshop.
Most specialty industries require some education, so why not coffee? If the guy making your drink at a bar didn’t know how to make it, you’d be appalled. It should be the same at the coffee shop.