Home Barista – Tips For Espresso Baristas

by Daniel Harrington on April 13, 2011

Become the Ultimate Home Barista Preparing Gourmet Espresso Drinks

Are you a gourmet espresso lover who enjoys fine l coffee beverages including freshly-roasted, freshly-brewed whole bean coffee and espresso-based specialty coffee drinks like  Cappuccinos and Caffe Lattes.

Do you want to prepare these coffee beverages at home for much less cost than at your local premium gourmet coffee shop.

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Do you want to make great coffee drinks even better than they do, using your own fine gourmet coffee and with complete control over the way the beans are stored, roasted, ground and brewed, while also accompanying your drinks with fantastic Espresso Cuisine.

Making Fine Coffee Beverages At Home – Barista Tips

There are many great espresso drink recipes and all can be made by following the tips below on how to pull a proper espresso shot and also how to Steam and Froth Milk properly so that it has a creamy and velvety texture.

The home barista will need a good Espresso Machine as well as a quality Conical Burr Coffee Grinder. Then follow the tips below for perfect home espresso drinks.

The first step is to master your espresso brewing techniques so that you can Pull the Perfect Espresso Shot. Make sure and check out the Barista Guide to Perfect Lattes and Cappuccinos, and also read up on the important skills a Barista should have in Barista Resume.

You may need to adjust the grind size depending upon your espresso machine. For example, a steam-driven espresso machine will differ from a pump-driven espresso machine and require a slightly finer grind. In general the grind size for espresso is very fine, almost powdery.

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When brewing espresso it is essential to follow precisely the Espresso Technical Specifications which include the proper brew temperature around 194 degrees Fahrenheit and 8 to 10 atmospheres of pressure (e.g., 135 pounds per square inch) of pressure.

The proper amount of gourmet coffee to use may range from 6 to 9 grams of roasted and ground coffee for each shot of espresso.

Home Barista – Tips For Espresso Baristas continued:

Espresso Brewing requires the Barista to allow the brewing to go for just the right amount of time so that the shot is not weak and watery from under extraction nor overly bitter from over extraction. A typical brewing time ranges from eighteen to twenty-five seconds with twenty-two seconds being a good time to try first, then fine tune the process.

If the shot pours too slow out of the spout you may need to use a coarser grind size or tamp the coffee less firmly into the portafilter of the espresso machine. If the shot pours too quickly then you may need to tamp the coffee more firmly or grind the coffee more fine.

To be a great home barista you should study up on some basic knowledge regarding coffee harvesting, processing and grading, and learn about the different styles of roasting for particular gourmet coffees.

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Some people prefer using ESE Pods – Easy Serving Espresso Pods or Hyper Espresso Capsules.

To enhance your home barista skills learn a little about the basic coffee flavors and characteristics including the body and aroma and the acidity, bitterness/sweetness and finish.

Spend some time researching the different types of Coffee Makers including Single Serve Coffee Makers and Pod Coffee Makers that brew Coffee Pods. Also popular are Coffee K-Cups and T-Discs and the traditional barista method of brewing a fine gourmet coffee, the French Press coffee.

As a home barista you need to appreciate the finest part of the espresso shot, which is the crema, the golden brown layer atop the shot which contains its finest flavors and aromatic qualities and retains the prime intensity of the shot.

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Steaming and Frothing the Milk for Espresso Coffee Drinks

One of the most important skills of the home barista is the ability to Steam and Froth Milk so that it has a creamy and velvety texture that blends with the espresso in a harmony of flavors for a delicious espresso drink.

Tips For Espresso Baristas – Home Barista Tips

The foam that is created during the steaming and frothing process should be pourable and shapeable, and not dry or large bubbled.

The first step is to purge the system by turning the steam on for a moment while holding a wet towel over the end of the steam wand. Use very cold milk and fill the steaming pitcher about one third full.

Place the tip of the steam wand just beneath the surface of the milk and turn on the steam, aiming it just off-center so that the milk begins to circulate in a vortex. If you position it just right you will hear a hissing sound which lets you know you have found the sweet spot for optimal injection of air into the milk to create a velvety-textured milk.

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You won’t need to move the steaming pitcher at all except to slowly lower it as the volume of the milk expands. If you are going to make a cappuccino then keep the wand near the surface a bit longer to create more foam.

Make sure the milk doesn’t exceed a temperature of 145 degrees Fahrenheit so the milk doesn’t get burnt creating an off taste.

If you want to learn more about the fine points of gourmet coffee attend a coffee cupping (professional coffee tasting) or perhaps the World Barista Championships. Also investigate Organic Coffee, Fair Trade Coffee, Bird Friendly Coffee and Shade-Grown Coffee.

Thank You for Visiting Espresso Coffee Guide and Reading Home Barista – Tips For Espresso Baristas. Savor Your Coffee and Espresso!

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