"I made over 75 cups of coffee that day so got to practice loads, which was excellent. My latte art came on loads and by the time I left I was literally buzzing"
After 35 years of hating coffee and really not understanding why anyone would want to drink such a bitter drink. I find myself attending a barista coffee training course at Limini coffee in Bradford. It all started at a coffee farm in Dalat Vietnam. It was a red hot day the smell of coffee was everywhere, I have always loved the smell just not the taste! My friends ordered a coffee but I passed on the offer as usual. However our Vietnamese friend ordered an ice coffee with condensed milk. The sweet tooth in me was curious so I asked to try it! It was really tasty and that's where my addiction started.
Drip coffee in Dalat
Slowly but surely I've moved away from the sweet stuff and educated my pallet slightly. A flat white is now my coffee of choice. wanted to find out more about coffee and using coffee machines so I could master making my favourite drink, and that takes me to Limini Coffee.
A flat white with a monks head
I signed up for a one day group class consisting of coffee making and latte art. I was the only person booked on that day so I was treated to one to one. The day started with an introduction to a beautiful coffee machine and Vicki my teacher (who was awesome by the way) showing me how it works. Within 10 minutes we were making expresso and running through the many variables that go into making the perfect expresso. It was interesting to learn that the most important part of equipment in the process is a grinder not the actual coffee machine. Getting the right grind consistency is the number one factor in making a great coffee. Throughout the day I picked up loads of info that will make you watch for different things next time you're in a coffee shop. My teacher warned me that by the end of the day I may be a coffee snob. That's ok though it can go on the shelf with my beer snobbery.
Trying out the old Italian had operated coffee machine
I'm not going to go into all the details of the day but one thing I was worried about was how many times you would get to practice making the coffee and doing the latte art. I made over 75 cups of coffee that day so got to practice loads, which was excellent. My latte art came on loads and by the time I left I was literally buzzing. I would definitely recommend this course. It was first class, relaxed and fun from start to finish and Vicki knew a hell of a lot about coffee. I was also provided with access to an online documentwith everything I had learnt that day. Now I'm hoping I can turn this new found skill into a job somewhere on the road, but we will see.