Do you fancy yourself a coffee connoisseur? Do you love the idea of having a gourmet coffee at home, but don’t know where to start? There are some very simple ways you can make your coffee the way baristas do at the shop. Here are the key steps to becoming your own barista at home.
The Tools You Will Need
These are the basic coffee tools that every new barista at home needs:
- A coffee maker (No, you don’t need a fancy espresso machine if you can’t afford one or want to use one! This really will do the trick.)
- Quality coffee beans (more on that below)
- A coffee grinder
- A measuring spoon
- A small metal pitcher
- A kitchen thermometer
- An assortment of spices and extracts
- Different milks and creams
- A blender
- A coffee press
Now, remember that the quality of the beans you grind and brew makes a huge difference in the taste of the coffee you prepare in your training. If you’re looking for the best coffee beans, we’ve got you covered! Go to our shop and make your choice of Benedito (dark roast), Jose Gourmet (medium roast) or Decaf, or you can buy on Amazon.
Lastly, this is the most important tool you will need: the eagerness to play around with your coffee!
There are so many recipes online of different coffees. If you’d like, we have several on our blog that you can check out for starters! To be the best barista you can be, here’s what you can do.
- Grab a notebook or scrapbook.
- Divide up into different sections for the different types of coffee recipes, lattes, mochas, macchiatos, iced, alcoholic, basic coffees etc.
- As you try recipes you find online that you like, add them to your notebook.
- Be sure to leave some blank pages to write in your own inspired recipes.
Don’t be afraid of trying different combinations yourself. Be creative! Maybe take a recipe you find online and substitute in some other ingredients?
Now that you’ve tried your recipes on yourself, you need some guinea pigs to give your gourmet coffee recipes to so you can see if others like it. Friends and family make great test subjects! If they like what you’re brewing, perhaps suggest hosting a party or gathering with yourself as the barista.
Don’t be afraid to ask the experts for tips and tricks! Next time you’re at your local coffee shop, talk to the barista if they have time. You never know—if you’ve ever wanted to have a professional job as a barista, this is a great way to get your foot in the door!
However you go about becoming your own barista, it should be fun! We hope you have lots of it, and best of luck to you on your barista journey!
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