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Baristas Have the Best Job in the World

Meister 22 comments

I wake up excited every morning, because being a barista is the best job in the whole wide world. Want to know why? More

Favorite Coffee Spots From Off-Duty Baristas

Drinks Meister 5 comments

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

The Barista: Your Other Bartender

Drinks Erin Hulbert 5 comments

A professional barista does more than just prepare a cup of espresso. Here's what the dedicated "coffee sommelier" learns to give customers the best coffee experience. More

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

Drinks Erin Hulbert 4 comments

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

Baristas Test The Slayer, the New $18,000 Espresso Machine

Drinks Erin Hulbert 20 comments

Fewer than 20 of these fancy espresso machines exist at coffee shops. One barista walks us through the experience of using The Slayer (much better name than The Impaler and The Beheader, no?) to see if it's worth all the fuss. More

Coffee Chronicles: Stumptown Opens at the Ace Hotel

New York Allison Hemler Post a comment

[Photographs: Allison Hemler, unless otherwise noted] New York Times readers in 1872 demanded it, just like the coffee-obsessed in 2009 on the streets of New York: "Let us have this one needed reform everywhere...hotel and restaurant keepers, please do... More

Coffee Chronicles: Reconsidering New York's Coffee Identity

New York Allison Hemler 3 comments

Editor's note: Longtime Serious Eats contributor Allison Hemler knows her coffee, having spent two years as a barista and more than five in the service industry. She'll be joining us each week with Coffee Chronicles, taking a look at the... More

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

Drinks Allison Hemler 15 comments

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 in the Wild, Part 4: A Relationship With Espresso

Drinks Allison Hemler 4 comments

Espresso is not all art and perfection. It can be hellish and frustrating when shots change speed at the drop of the hat, causing that delicious dark crema to turn to watery dirt with no warning. It's all part of the relationship with the manual espresso machine. More

Barista Competition Taking Place This Weekend in Los Angeles

Robyn Lee Post a comment

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?

Robyn Lee 10 comments

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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