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How To Look and Act Like a Professional Barista

How To Look and Act Like a Professional Barista

If you are going to be working as a professional barista (or as a professional anything), here are some words of advice that you should heed above all else: "What is crucial to your success is your ability to get along with your customers, your co-workers, and your managers. Having outstanding technical skills will not bring outstanding success. Having outstanding interpersonal skills is even more important." Most interpersonal skills are merely common sense, but many of us haven't spent much time thinking about them at a concious level. You should focus on your interpersonal personal skills and work daily to...

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Calibrating Your Shot Sizes Correctly, and Setting Up Your Machine to Reproduce Them

Calibrating Your Shot Sizes Correctly, and Setting Up Your Machine to Reproduce Them

In this article, we explain how to set up an automatic commercial espresso machine (or a home automatic espresso machine) to give you the right shot sizes for the various espresso drinks that you are likely to make. The Volumetric Keypad Automatic commercial espresso machines will have a keypad for each group. The keypad will have at least two (and usually more) keys with icons depicting various partially-filled cups. (Click on the image above to see an enlarged view of the front of a commercial espresso machine. The keypads for the groups are easy to see in this picture.) These...

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How to Clean and Maintain Your Equipment after Closing

How to Clean and Maintain Your Equipment after Closing

It is very important to keep the commercial espresso machine and commercial coffee grinder in your coffee shop or espresso bar neat and clean. You should do a routine cleaning of your commercial espresso machine and your commercial coffee grinder every day after closing. In this article, we take you through the simple steps you need to do to clean this equipment. Cleaning your commercial espresso machine and coffee grinder should take you less than 10 minutes from start to finish, and will pay off handsomely in customer satisfaction, and in the lifetime of your equipment. There are three very...

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A Dozen Basic Drinks at the Foundation of the Barista Arts, and How to Make Them

A Dozen Basic Drinks at the Foundation of the Barista Arts, and How to Make Them

In this article, we explain a dozen drinks that should be the basic repertoire of any barista. These are the fundamental and essential drinks of the trade, and none of them are difficult to master, once you have mastered espresso itself. We have separated these drinks into three categories: those that don’t use milk; those that use milk; and those that don’t use espresso (i.e., hot-milk drinks). Before attempting to make any of the drinks using milk, you should know how to steam milk, you should know how to froth milk, and you should understand the difference. If you’re not...

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When to Adjust Your Coffee Grinder, and How to do it Properly

When to Adjust Your Coffee Grinder, and How to do it Properly

Calibrating your commercial coffee grinder is something that should be done every morning prior to opening. And if the weather is changing, it may be appropriate to adjust it during the day. In many coffee shops and espresso bars, no one bothers to do this. The result is inconsistent espresso. If you have excellent coffee beans, an excellent machine, and a skilled barista, but do not have the coffee grinder adjusted for the day's conditions, the drinks produced can be of poor quality: either watery and weak, or bitter and burned. In fact, most of the time that you get...

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