Portrait of a Barista

By: Iulia Pascanu

What is a Barista

The barista is the Italian word for the skilled person who prepares coffee (ultimately espresso) in a coffee house. The world of coffee lies in the hands and the shoulders of a barista. Are you wondering what a barista is and how can you identify a good barista?

How to be a Good Barista

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 would like to have prepare your cup, has several years of experience.

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

5. A good 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 important the tamping.

6. A really good 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 good barista can manage to make a pretty good cup with less sophisticated appliances. Meanless to say, the opposite is not true.

10. A good barista can make a flourishing business out of your modest old cofee-shop. Again, the opposite in not true.

That is what it takes to be a good barista.

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