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Favorite Coffee Spots From Off-Duty Baristas

Savvy eaters know that discovering great restaurants sometimes means following the best chefs after hours. But while Eric Ripert can turn a late-night-snack spot into an overnight sensation, would you trail your favorite top-notch barista to their go-to cafe after they finish a shift? Three baristas share their favorite spots. More

Bringing Coffee to Grand Cayman by Training Four Baristas in Two Weeks

Artisan coffee has flown south and landed on the beautiful shores of Grand Cayman in the Cayman Islands. The Brasserie Market, a streamlined café geared towards the expat business people of the island's capital George Town, happily welcomed Barrington Coffee (BCRC) to its new home away from home. Barrington, located in the Berkshires in Massachusetts, is a true independent roaster consisting of eight employees and has been passionately roasting coffee since 1993. Owner of The Brasserie Market, Lisa Flowers, hired me to train her staff and act as her official consultant on anything coffee. More

Barista in the Wild, Part 5: The Future of the Coffee Shop

It might be the largest Starbucks I've ever seen—or at least it appeared to be. As the first LEED-certified store in the company, the intention is to pave the way for future locations. In typical down-home coffee shop style, they offer drinks "to stay." No prices on the menu board means you should come with at least five dollars and cross your fingers. Employees encourage a cup of Clover-crafted coffee, made with small batch beans ground to order and miraculously prepared to enhance the flavor profile. More

Barista Competition Taking Place This Weekend in Los Angeles

This weekend, January 23 to 25, the 2009 Western Regional Barista Competition is being held at the Spring Arts Tower in downtown Los Angeles. The event is free and open to the public, so check it out if you want to see 25 competitors from California and Washington unleash their espresso-making skills. Of course, a steady stream of free coffee will be provided. [via Boing Boing]... More

What Makes a Good Barista?

Photograph from journeyscoffee on Flickr Last Saturday, Serious Eats member EtherMaiden asked, "What makes a good barista?" Cafe owner and barista ChelleyD01 gave this informative reply: A good barista knows their customers drinks when they walk through the door. They know when milk is to temp without having to use a thermometer. They know that fresh, cold milk will bring good volume and best taste every single time rather than dank, reheated milk over and over again. They know that many steaming pitchers are needed as when flavor syrups are steamed WITH the milk, as opposed to being added cold, it brings a better flavor to the drink. They know that good, freshly ground beans are amazing and will... More

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