Lesson 2: Advanced Techniques in Barista Skills

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The objective of this lesson is to teach adult learners advanced techniques in barista skills, focusing on sophisticated and nuanced methods of espresso preparation, milk texturing, and coffee flavor profiling. By the end of this lesson, learners will be able to create complex coffee beverages, understand the subtleties of coffee bean origins and roasts, and execute latte art with precision.

Comprehensive Content Overview:

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In this lesson, we will cover the following advanced barista skills:

  • Espresso extraction parameters and troubleshooting.
  • Advanced milk texturing and latte art techniques.
  • Coffee flavor profiling and bean origin characteristics.
  • Equipment maintenance and calibration.
  • Customer service and experience enhancement.

In-depth Explanations with Actionable Insights:

Espresso Extraction Parameters and Troubleshooting To master espresso extraction, baristas must understand the four key variables: grind size, dose, water temperature, and extraction time. A balanced espresso shot should have a sweet, rich, and complex flavor profile without bitterness or sourness.

Variable Action Outcome Grind Size Adjust grinder to a finer setting for slow extraction or coarser for faster extraction. Changes the resistance water faces, altering extraction time and taste. Dose Use a digital scale to measure coffee grounds (18-20g for a double shot). Ensures consistency and affects the strength and flavor of the espresso. Water Temperature Set the machine between 195°F and 205°F. Affects the extraction rate of different flavor compounds. Extraction Time Aim for 25-30 seconds for a double shot. Time taken for the water to ...

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