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efrench
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Posted Sun Jul 28, 2013, 9:50pm
Subject: Barista Practice
 

I have been a long time lover of a quality espresso, but I have had a lot of trouble getting a position as a new barista. So I signed on with the ...more quantity focused Starbucks.

While the espresso leaves more than a little to be desired I definitely have access to a very expensive machine calibrated to all of the great standards for steaming and foaming milk, and I was wondering if anyone else had experience both with this company's training and improving on it, and their equipment and how I can use it to practice before buying a decent quality home machine. I would love to take this opportunity to practice my skills for a good while before trying to move into a espresso focused shops.
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Posted Mon Jul 29, 2013, 6:07am
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The local Starbucks where I am from use full auto machines and brewers.  I don't think they will be able to teach you the basics you are thinking of unless you are in the market for an auto machine.  I would check out some of the mid to high end range espresso machine suppliers.  If you have them available to you they sometimes offer hands on training.  I personally learned all I know from Youtube, CG, Home Barista and Seattle coffee gear. :)
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CMIN
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Posted Mon Jul 29, 2013, 6:15am
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About the only thing you'll learn at Starbucks is skills in dealing/handling with customers. Otherwise they don't even do pour overs correctly like mentioned, last time I had one i almost gagged but then again not much will help when you carry burnt stale beans lol. That super expensive machine, is a super auto, that makes horrible coffee and shots. You press a button, so not much to learn there. They still manage to scald and burn milk to give the coffee an even worse flavor. You sure as heck won't learn tamping, grinding, dialing in shots etc there.

Are you trying for home or to get a job as a barista at a real cafe? A real coffee house, least a good one, would help train an entry level person I'm sure. They have to learn somewhere, and sure as heck isn't Starbucks. If at home your way better off watching youtube vids, thats how I learned as well. You didn't mention if you have machine/grinder to use at home though.
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