Thursday, September 12, 2013

Barista In Training

Tonight I start training to become a Barista! For those of you who have no idea what a Barista is, let me tell you.

You know that wonderful person who makes your triple, soy, sugar-free, caramel macchiato, with extra whipped cream (or "fancy coffee" if your not hip on your coffee lingo) every morning? Well, that person is now going to be me! (I can also get you a plain cup of joe, but that's not as exciting to talk about).

I will learn how to pull espresso to get a perfect crema. I will see just the right way to stretch milk to get it smooth and foamy, but not bubbly. I will learn to prefect the art of coffee to make it not only taste good, but look good as well. 

Boy, I think I am already starting to sound like a professional Barista! Look what reading the Barista instruction manual can getcha!

Now all I need is to do is learn exactly what my new Barista vocabulary means!

Thankfully I do have some knowledge of coffee.

First off, I drink a LOT of coffee, so I think that gives me a good advantage.

Secondly, Mona and I, are thinking about opening our own coffee shop in the next few years, (you may have heard me talk about this before in my HappyCappi Post) so I have done some research.

Working at this local coffee shop does kinda make me feel like a top secret double agent! I will learn all of her tips and tricks, just to pull the rug out from under her and become her competition.

The fact that I want to open my own coffee shop did not come up in the job interview.

This does make me feel a little guilty.

But healthy competition is good and she does need help and who better than someone who loves coffee and is going to be the best Barista then can and what if the new shop never works out? This is a good thing. I don't need to feel guilty...right?


  1. I worked in a coffee shop for a few months before the bookstore it was in closed. I wasn't a big coffee drinker until I began working there! It's so easy! I also got to read when I didn't have customers!

    now I wasn't skilled enough to make the designs like in that picture you have. When I was in San Francisco I went to a coffee shop there (waited about 15 min in line! The line was out the door!) and they made cool designs. If you learn how to do that then your good to go!!

    1. I really want to learn to do the looks so cool. If i will actually be able to do it is another question.

  2. Guilt free, caffeinated, employed and working on your Masters Degree in delicious coffee drinks. You are on the way to the top.