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Home Barista Course – Virtual

Fri, 14th Aug 2020
10:00 - 13:00

£75.00

SOLD OUT

Description

FOLLOWING THE CLOSURE OF OUR COFFEE ACADEMY THROUGHOUT THE COVID PANDEMIC, WE ARE DELIGHTED TO BE ABLE TO OFFER THIS VIRTUAL COURSE FOR YOU TO COMPLETE IN THE COMFORT OF YOUR OWN HOME.

Please note this is a live course that will take place with Ollie Sears leading you through the power of Zoom over a 3 hour session designed to help you get the most from your home espresso setup. This course used to run in our coffee academy utilising our machines, the beauty of going virtual is that you can use your own machine and grinder to ensure the training provided is bespoke to your equipment and workflow. Read on to get a feel for the equipment/skillset required…

 

  • This is a practical course aimed at the home barista or coffee enthusiast wishing to learn more about how to create great espresso and milk-based drinks from their own kitchen. This session lasts for three hours and includes both presentation on extraction theory along with demonstrations and guided brewing on your own machines with plenty of time for questions too. 

 

  • Throughout the course you will gain the opportunity to clarify any coffee-related questions you may have on your mind, as well as fielding enquiries about products on the market and how to buy things to suit your needs. We will also be able to detail and evaluate the pros and cons of choosing particular types of equipment, and develop appropriate workarounds for whatever situation you have at home currently.

 

  • During the course we will explore the key principles of using coffee, in addition to covering the following areas in depth: workflow relative to your equipment design; the essentials of sensory skills for tasting your filter coffee & espresso; introducing the confusion of the modern coffee supply chain and how to navigate buying within it; the clear differences between commodity & specialty grade coffees, and of course the fundamentals of milk and latte art.

 

  • Once completed, you will be comfortable in knowing what to expect from coffees found on all sides of the coffee market, including the vast array of coffee ‘types’ within even the specialty niche. We will detail the impact of various commercial priorities on coffee as an end product. This will not only help you as coffee consumers, but will guide you towards finding the right coffees for various preferences. You’ll also learn about grinding to your needs, and creating a water specification to form the fundamental background to your set-up of quality espresso.

 

During (and after) the session you will have an open line of communication with us for tailored feedback, quality control and improving your practical skills and results in the cup. We’ll aid you setting relevant goals and aims to keep in mind, in order for you to further improve your skill set in coffee going forward.

 

You’ll receive a wealth of barista training materials following the course, and get the chance to keep in touch with Ollie with any equipment or coffee-related questions too. This is particularly useful for avoiding the inevitable crisis of forgetting important information after it is told to you during the course. 🙂

 

This session is limited to 6 participants to ensure ample time to answer bespoke questions and to facilitate smooth discussion between the trainer and attendees. 

 

Required

 

Espresso machine and grinder – bean to cup machines are also suitable

Supply of suitable cups for preparation of espresso, cappuccino, flat whites and lattes

Milk jugs for steaming

Milk

Cleaning cloths

Tamper

Cleaning powder for your machine

Device to stream the training (laptop, tablet, smart phone) with a built in microphone

Wifi

Headphones (optional)

 

 

What we will provide

 

Upon placing your order for the course, we will send out a box to your address including the following:

Coffee for use during the course

North Star branded note pad for taking notes

Copy of the SCA Flavour Wheel

 

Before the course you will receive an email with a Zoom link to give you access to the training session. If you have any queries about this course, please do not hesitate to get in touch by emailing hello@northstarroast.com

Booking Details

Upon booking, you will receive a confirmation email stating the course and date you have signed up to. If you have chosen to attend a course in our North Star Coffee Academy, you will receive an email from our trainer ahead of the course taking place to confirm the address and start time along with parking info/directions. If you are attending a virtual course, you will be emailed with the Zoom details required to join the session.

All physical courses are held at our roastery in Armley located here.