Learning a new skill: Making Coffee

It all started when I was attending a prenatal class at the hospital. The class was almost 4 hours long and I was completely bored to tears. So out comes my iPhone and I started to fidget around. This meant surfing the web and checking my Facebook account.

Next thing I know, I saw an advert on Facebook about Barista training. A quick peek brought me to this page.

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I dropped a message and the response was extremely quick. After a couple of chats, I was scheduled for a class the very next day!

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The class was held at this shop located at Taman Tun Dr Ismail. Now mind you all, I am a complete newbie when it comes to coffee and I normally drink Nescafe or the coffee dispensed from machines. I went in with an open mind and decided to learn a new skill.

First, few things I learned was to get myself familiarised with the equipment and learning what to actually do with it and what not to touch.

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It was really important because I kept touching places that would potentially be extremely hot.

My first cup of coffee? A long black.

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A simple black coffee

It was pretty simple because it didn’t really include a lot of things such as milk!

Making a Latte

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The teacher schooling me in the art of pouring milk…

To me it gets tougher because it also involves frothing the milk, making sure that while I do it, it produces a “nice” sound and finally, the height and speed at which I am supposed to pour the milk into the coffee. Not to also forget, where I am aiming the milk!

Cappuccinos and the difference

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My crappy attempt at making a cappucinno

Mine didn’t turn out that well. Can’t seem to see any patterns on the foam.

My next attempt at hot chocolate as well didn’t really turn up perfect.

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Due to the makeup of just chocolate and water, pouring the milk into the chocolate really shows how shaky my hands were!

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At the end of the lesson, I was quite glad that I learned a couple of skills which include grinding the beans, mixing them into an espresso shot, measuring the milk and frothing it and finally assembling it together into a cup of coffee.

It was a great starter lesson and something I might consider returning to learn more about making other types of coffee.

Learned a couple of great tips as well I can immediately apply in my office.