Do you like coffee? We love coffee. Good coffee. On our road trip around Australia we drank quite a lot of cappuccinos and started to wonder why the coffee taste and texture of the milk froth can be so different depending on who is making it. We wanted to find out the secrets about how to make the perfect cup of coffee and attended a barista course in Fremantle last week. It was worth every cent.
In Australia coffee is more than just an industry, it is a culture and a lifestyle.
We did a bit of research and luckily found Fremantle Baristas in the centre of town. We love Fremantle and it’s one of our favorite cities in Australia. Why? On our last road trip in 2009 we had the best cappuccino in Fremantle. So we really loved to do the barista course in Fremantle.
Drinking coffee in Australia is a culture
In Australia coffee is more than just an industry, it is a culture and a lifestyle. Australians love to drink coffee and wherever you go, there is always a cosy café around the corner. But not only the Australians love good coffee, we do too.
Our personal goal is to make the perfect cappuccino
We signed in for the Barista Basics course on Thursday morning. When we arrived five other students were already waiting. Ups, the Swiss are last. How come? The difference between us and the others – we did the course for fun and the others wanted to become real baristas.
Oli and Lea are our teachers for today. After the introduction we learned more about the fundamentals of a perfect coffee, the difference of Robusta and Arabica, grinder adjustments, the roasting process, milk texturing and pouring techniques and a bit of history. Did you know that coffee was discovered in Yemen?
Grinding and tamping is an important process
During our course we learned to use the grinder, to fill the basket with the right dose and to tamp with the right pressure. That’s the most difficult part. The appropriate pressure is about 18 to 20 kg. That was the trickiest parts of doing coffee, to put the right pressure on and to press that the grinded coffee is even. Why is it so important? The tamping pressure affects the flow through rate of the water. After a few tries we got it right. Yeah!
There is so much you can do wrong when making good coffee
Making good coffee is not as easy as you may think. During the Barista Basics course we realised that we did so many things wrong when making coffee back home.
Important things to make good coffee
- Grinding of the coffee beans
- Amount of coffee per shot
- Tamping pressure
- Flow through rate
- Type of milk
- Temperature of milk
- Well maintained and properly cleaned machine
The outcome: Ordering a coffee got more difficult
Well, the only disadvantage of doing a barista course is that we now know how to make good coffee. From now on, whenever we go in a café, we first listen than look at the barista and check how he’s making coffee before we order. And it’s scary how often we see things that shouldn’t be done the way they do it. Well, it’s always good to learn new things and our next project is to find the worlds best cappuccino. That means more travelling.
We learned a lot more than we expected during the barista course in Fremantle
Before we did the course, we didn’t know what to expect of the Barista Basics. Of course we hoped that we learn more about coffee and how to make the perfect cup. We are very surprised how much we learned just in half a day. We enjoyed it very much and it’s not the last time we’ve done a barista course.
A big thank you to Oli and Lea who did a great job. The course was very informative and it was great fun.
You want to become a barista? We can highly recommend Fremantle Baristas. We just did the Barista Basics course but there is also a Barista Pro and a Latte Artist course on the schedule.
Do you love drinking coffee? Tell us where you had your best cup of coffee.