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Instructor Lem Butler demonstrates a proper pour at Milk Chemistry lab in our Durham Training Center.
Our Counter Intelligence coffee education program aims to empower everyone in the coffee chain. In addition to individual courses and an intensive Professional Series, Counter Intelligence also offers Counter Culture Coffee Steward and Barista certifications.
 
I took our Milk Chemistry lab yesterday and learned about the chemistry – and artistry – of milk and proper steaming. We tasted a variety of locally available milks – from Maple View Farm (in nearby Hillsbrough, NC) to an ultra-pasteurized grocery brand and a goat milk – and then worked on proper texturing. I'm still not ready for barista competition, but know there is a path and feel like I'm moving forward on it toward Barista certification.
 
This weekend, our Durham Training Center will host our next Professional Series, a 2-day, hands-on education experience designed specifically for coffee professionals to develop the broad range of specialized knowledge necessary to advance their careers. Enrollment is limited for this advanced-learning format, but, as you can see, there are plenty of opportunities to learn in any of our training centers with new labs in each location added regularly. Click here for our current schedule.
 
Thanks,
Nathan
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