Whether you’re looking for a new hobby or you’re a coffee-drinking fanatic that is finally taking the plunge into learning how to become a barista at home, the skill of making the perfect cup of coffee is a precious one.
Not only will you save lots of money on those expensive coffee house drinks but you’ll also take great pride in your caffeinated creations. Your cups of coffee will taste better to you, and it’ll become a skill that you’ll love to share with all of your family and friends — who will certainly be impressed with your coffee-making abilities.
Being an at-home barista is a lot like being a professional that works in a coffee house — you’ll want to put as much effort into each cup as if someone were paying for it, however, you won’t have to wear a uniform and you won’t get a paycheck. Nevertheless, your at-home barista skills will pay off in many other ways.
We’re here to give you all the tips you need with a beginner’s guide on how to become a barista. Unlike a professional barista, you won’t need to learn all about the history of coffee and other specialized techniques (however, if you’re passionate about coffee, by all means, learn everything you can!) This quick beginner’s guide will show you how to become a barista in six easy steps.
Get the Essential Tools
Coffee Maker – Coffee makers come in a wide variety of options, including some that are manual and others that involve more complicated machinery. As a beginner, you still have several options to choose from that will most likely be within your budget.
Grinder – Because you should use whole coffee beans, you’re going to need to grind your beans in order to brew them. Coffee grinders either have a blade or a burr, which crushes beans between two surfaces.
Thermometer – The temperature of the water or milk that you use can make or break your cup of coffee’s flavor. Use a thermometer to make sure that the water that you use is between 195 and 205 degrees Fahrenheit.
Kettle – In order to heat up water for coffee, you’ll need a kettle with a spout in order to pour more easily.
Steam Wand – If you want to latte or add a frothy layer of milk on top of your coffee, a steam wand is the perfect accessory for taking your milk to this exciting new level.
Use Whole Coffee Beans
Packaged ground coffee beans might look appealing because they’re so convenient but because they are not fresh, they lack flavor. Your delicious cup of coffee starts with the beans so you should explore what is out there, as well as what kind of roast you prefer. Different kinds of roasts have their own unique flavors and aromas, so whether you find that perfect combination that speaks to you and stick with it, or try them all — the choice is yours. Nevertheless, coffee beans tend to lose their flavor when they are ground, typically within half an hour.
Use Filtered Water
For a better tasting cup of Joe, use filtered water to brew your coffee grounds. Using tap water to brew your coffee could make it taste more acidic and ruin the taste of your coffee. Using filtered water will not only make it taste better, but filtered water also is purer, which is better for your health.
Learn the Art of Steaming Milk
Steaming milk is the process of heating your milk while simultaneously turning it into a foam with the addition of air. When you use a steam wand, jets of steam come out through its tip, which then penetrates the milk with air. Once the milk has been properly steamed, it can be poured into the coffee, and once you’re more experienced, you can even work on your own latte art.
Learning how to become a barista at home takes practice, so don’t get frustrated if your first few cups don’t taste exactly how you want or if your coffee beans aren’t ground as perfectly as you’d hope. Also, don’t rush your coffee-making process — no matter how badly you think you need coffee right away. Take the time to craft your coffee with care, and you’ll soon develop a passion that won’t let you settle for anything less.
Keep It Tidy
If you don’t clean your coffee makers regularly, not only will you get a cup that doesn’t taste right, it’s not good for your health. The humid environment of coffee makers can harbor bacteria that you don’t want to put in your body. You should designate towels to use on your machine, steam wand as well as a towel to wipe away any spills.
We hope that this beginner’s guide on how to become a barista gives you some pointers on where to start on your journey to crafting cups of coffee that are better than anything that you could have made for you.