Posted Sun Jul 7, 2013, 11:55pm Subject: Very interested in professional training
I was curious about gaining more experience in the field of coffee and really would like to work with coffee and every aspect pertaining to it for a career. Does anyone know if there are any sort of opportunities such as this in the New Orleans area? My wife and I are wanting to move there next year for me to begin seminary to carry on my education in psychology, but I am also EXTREMELY interested in being a professional barista, as much as, if not more, than I want to be a professional counselor. =\
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Posted Mon Jul 8, 2013, 12:19pm Subject: Re: Very interested in professional training
NO is not a very espresso happening place as I recall. I don't live there any more but I believe you are better served going to either coast or north for training. Redline has very good videos that will help you a lot. I got my training in Seattle but it was not a good class for home baristas but it was good for a starting working barista. I did not feel I learned much other than latte art.
If you can find a good espresso place in NO and work there for a while you will learn a lot. And I would think long term you would want the desk job over the stand on your feet all day job. But it could be a money maker while in school and often college coffee shops are open late or even all night so there are more shifts to work with your schedule. And a Bartender of any kind can be a councilor :) .
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Posted Mon Jul 8, 2013, 3:04pm Subject: Re: Very interested in professional training
Thanks, coffeenoobie! I have worked in cafes for the past two years and love it. I love the interaction with the clientele, seeing their smiling faces whenever I have made them a drink that exceeds their expectations, educating customers on what they are wanting, etc. I had talked with a guy in New Orleans who owns a coffee shoppe and we talked for a little bit about employment. He asked if I was familiar with latte art and my skill level, which, I am not VERY good. I have taught myself because the last shoppe that I worked in, I was the chief individual interested in the craft. I need/want to learn more and I feel more at home behind an espresso bar than I do working with mentally ill individuals. It is my dream to live in the Pacific Northwest, so after I have my degrees, if I end up there, I can go on with more training as a barista. Ultimately, my wife and so would like to open a tea house/coffee shoppe and use that as a ministry of sorts. That may be something for when we are older, though.
I agree, you would not be the first, nor in the first 1,000,000 that has finished school only to find that they would rather do something else. If your heart is not in it, move on to where you are more interested.
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It isn't necessarily that I don't love the individuals that I work with, it is more a distaste for the system that they are contained in. I suppose that I should have phrased my sentence more clearly--I love the clients that I serve, but the environment is certainly not a good one, as it tends to create more problems for those who are mentally ill (i.e., increased presence of detrimental symptoms, lethargy, etc.). Talking to mentally ill men and women all day long while being forced to talked to them about their symptoms, like every other mental health professional does to the point that clients will repeat back to you what you want to hear because they are bored is not conducive. And it is not particularly rewarding to work with people who refuse to help themselves, but I digress. I apologize for my jaded-ness of the system.
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