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MagicPrincess707
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Posted Tue Apr 16, 2013, 11:05am
Subject: Need Espresso Extraction and Milk Texturing Classes
 

Hi!  Iím really new to the whole coffee/espresso scene and am interested in taking basic espresso extraction and milk texturing classes and workshops.  I started working for a new tradeshow coffee bar company, but am unable to work my first event with them until I at least have the basics down.  

Iíve done a ton of research online to try to find classes, but all the barista schools, academies and workshops I have found cost $1,000 - $2,000 for 2 Ė 3 day classes that are a bit more advanced then I need.  I have also contacted several local cafes and coffee bean companies in my area, and none of them seem to offer any type of barista classes (just free cupping and tasting seasons.)

If anyone can give me recommendations on where I can take some basic espresso extraction and milk texturing classes that would be great.  I live in the greater San Francisco, CA area, but am willing to travel anywhere within CA to the take classes.  Iím open to attending a structured school/class, or if there are any die-hard baristas willing to train me one-on-one I am open to that too.  Reasonable cost would be appreciated as well.
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Posted Tue Apr 16, 2013, 11:49am
Subject: Re: Need Espresso Extraction and Milk Texturing Classes
 

welcome to CG!

klatchroasting.com offers one day classes with 2 time US champ Heather Perry.  The classes are limited to 5 attendees (unless they've expanded the room or added a third station, in which they'd be able to have 6 students.  It's located in Upland (part of the LA area between Pomona and Ontario). You won't be a pro after the class, but you'll definitely have a good understanding of the entire process from bean to cup for espressos, cappuccinos and lattes.  When I took the class we spent the afternoon frothing 10 gallons of milk, and I was making rosettas by the time I went home.  Before that, I was struggling to get decent frothed milk on a regular basis (using a v1 Rancilio Silvia).  The morning session was all about beans, and I learned enough to appreciate the difference between shots of the same blend at different dose weights and hone in my skills at home.  In al, it was a fantastic experience and one I'd highly recommend to anyone wanting to improve their "barista skills".

Do you have gear at home? If so, I'd be surprised if you couldn't find a local barista to spend a day with you for free lunch and a reasonable fee.

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Posted Tue Apr 16, 2013, 11:54am
Subject: Re: Need Espresso Extraction and Milk Texturing Classes
 

Thanks for the great recommendation!  I just checked out the klatchroasting.com website, and their 1-day class looks like it's exactly what I need (the the price is resonable as well.)  I just emailed them, so hopefully I can get signed up to take that class.

Thanks again for the help!
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Posted Tue Apr 16, 2013, 1:42pm
Subject: Re: Need Espresso Extraction and Milk Texturing Classes
 

I took a milk texturing class at the old Barefoot Coffee Roasters cafe in Santa Clara.  That location is now Chromatic Coffee, but there's significant overlap in the people on bar there and the last time I was in I spoke to the barista that taught me to pour hearts.  He said that they're starting up classes again.  It might be worth checking out if you just need practice.

I have a feeling that the classes at Klatch will be more comprehensive (and probably a bit more costly).

Good luck, what ever you chose.

 
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