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Portrait of a Barista

The barista is the Italian word for the skilled person who prepares coffee (ultimately espresso) in a coffee house.

What would you want your barista to be like?

This is not a trick question. The more I reckon of it, the more I believe it, that the world of coffee making must be laying on the shoulders of a barista.

I believe that because the coffee I am beeing served in a coffee house, I expect it to be excellent. On the other hand, the manager of the bar expects me to be pleased with the service and come again. If the coffee is not excellent, I will not do that.

Now who is responsible for this small gearing to work? You probably have guessed it, the barista.

Are you wondering what a barista is and how can you recognise him or her?

1. Well, he or she does not have a specific age or appearance. Nor nationality. In Italy, the country that gave the name of the job, a barista is most likely a man around the age of 40. In America, there are more chances that you find a young lady. But not necessarily.

2. One sure thing is they’re susceptible to be found behind the bar-counter, always ready to prepare several varieties of coffee ‘expressly for you’ – by the way, did you know this was the initial definition of the espresso coffee?

3. A skilled barista, the one you want to have prepare your cup, has several years of experience.

4. A excellent barista carries out to near-perfection four operations: dosing, tamping, pulling and steaming.

5. A excellent barista knows that no. 4 is not enough and sometimes helpless. For example, tamping depends on the finesse of the grind. The finer the grind, the less vital the tamping.

6. A really excellent barista pays atention both to the quality of the coffee and the presentation.

7. The skilled barista is capable of performing more operations at the same time.

8. The barista you like interacts with his or her customers.

9. A excellent barista can manage to make a pretty excellent cup with less sophisticated appliances. Meanless to say, the opposite is not right.

10. A excellent barista can make a flourishing business out of your modest ancient cofee-shop. Again, the opposite in not right.

About The Author

Iulia Pascanu writes for madcoffeemaker.com” target=”_new www.madcoffeemaker.com where you can find more information about The Mad Coffee Maker

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