You are here

Espresso Fundamentals
 
Espresso Fundamentals
Espresso Fundamentals introduces the necessary ingredients for quality espresso and espresso-based drinks. Students will learn about basic principles and required equipment; and practice preparing, tasting, and evaluating espresso and milk. Information is presented in short lectures and reinforced by hands-on training. Participants can expect to work individually with instructors and in small groups developing espresso and milk skills, including espresso dosing and distribution, tamping technique, grind adjustment, milk texturing, beverage preparation, equipment cleaning and upkeep, and more.

Participants should expect to taste both coffee and milk.

Ideal for new baristas or as a refresher course for baristas with experience, Espresso Fundamentals attendance is required prior to registering for Intermediate Espresso: Tasting and Technique, and Milk Mechanics. (This lab replaces the Beginner Espresso Lab in the Counter Intelligence curriculum.)

Prerequisites: None

Full day lab: $250

Click here to view our full course schedule and register online.

Related Updates:
In this post, I'd like to dive in to what I mentioned in the first post as a good indicator of a coffee's sustainability: certifications. Wouldn't it be great if there were a certification and corresponding label that could simply tell us whether a coffee is sustainable or not? The good news is...
Click here to see this photo set on Flickr. Our annual Origin Field lab trip is an opportunity for  Counter Culture wholesale customers to learn about coffee cultivation in an immersive environment. We host this lab, in part, because we recognize that the dedicated professionals...
Theme This week, we'll familiarize ourselves with the current versions of three of our year-round products: Big Trouble, Fast Forward, and Slow Motion. Style of Tasting: Freestyle! Cup them, pourover compare them, or choose three different brewing methods to emphasize different flavors...
Theme This week’s tasting offers a us tour of Nariño, Colombia, which is arguably the coffee giant’s best region for the production of high-quality coffee, in three coffees: La Florida, Rosales, and Jorge Avilio Cabrera. Style of Tasting: Set up a cupping of the three coffees and brew...
NOTE We will not be hosting a weekly tasting on Friday, January 23, at any of our regional Training Centers. We will return to our regular schedule the following week. Thanks! Theme A preview of Underdog, our next limited-release blend Style of Tasting: Cup the four components,...