A barista is an espresso machine “coffee artist” who has extensive knowledge about coffee and prepares, decorates and serves drinks to the customer. Barista is the Italian word for barkeeper. The Italian plural form is baristi for male or bariste for female. The term was initially adopted in English, where its meaning changed. While a barista in Italy serves all kinds of drinks, the term in English-speaking countries refers to an individual who prepares and serves espresso-based drinks with an air of professionalism, primarily in coffee shops.
A barista is also a master of “latte art” who creates images when pouring the milk foam on to the espresso.
Baristas require a knowledge of coffee blends, coffee roasting, how to operate and maintain espresso machines, froth milk and much more. Knowledge such as this can be acquired in barista courses.
Fun fact about Barista
-Most coffee baristas pursue coffee as a full-time career. There are coffee classes where you can learn how to become a professional barista. Most people who are in coffee do it because they are passionate about coffee!
-The science behind making a latte is, a barista has to pull a decent timed shot, and steam the milk to the right texture to pour latte art! If the milk is steamed incorrectly, it can lead to a burnt taste instead of sweet and frothy.
-Each barista uses different techniques when making an espresso. it involves tamping pressure to pull the coffee shot. it required practice and muscle memory to master the espresso machine.
-Baristas are good at latte art and it adds a unique touch to the drink! What most people don’t know is latte art is a skill that takes a lot of practice. Most baristas can do hearts, rosettas and simple patterns. Baristas practice years to learn new and complex designs.
-There are many coffee and latte art competitions. Specialty coffee businesses and baristas gather around to compete from all over the world. These competitions are famous in the coffee industry. At the competitions, coffee companies come together to trade and commute. They go head to head in tasting coffee and pouring milk. A barista can win the title of national champion latte art or espresso making.
-Baristas are the expert! They have a broad knowledge about coffee. Baristas are able to evaluate different profiles in coffee. A good barista will be able to provide the differences between coffee origins, latte, americano and cortado.
Coffee was discovered by a goat herder in Ethiopia in the 1500s. He saw his goats eating coffee cherries. Afterwards, he observed a change in their behaviour. They gained a high amount of energy and they didn’t sleep at night. The herder shared his findings with local monks and then after they made a drink with coffee beans, they realized they could stay up all night and pray. Then, they spread the word to other Ethiopian monks and it reached across the civilized world.
Fun fact about coffee
-Coffee is the world’s 2nd largest traded commodity. Coffee is consumed in great quantities, making it the most beloved beverage after water. It’s worth is over $100 billion worldwide.
-Good coffee growing conditions require high altitudes, tropical climates, and rich soil. Hawaii is the only state that able to grow coffee. It has been producing coffee even before it was a state.
-Coffee was banned in Mecca in 1511. It was believed to stimulate radical thinking and idleness.
-Coffee stays warm 20% longer when you add cream.
-The word espresso comes from Italian and means “expressed” or “forced out”. Espresso is made by forcing very hot water under high pressure through finely ground, compacted coffee.
-Coffee beans grow on a bush. They are actually the pit of a berry, which makes them a fruit. There are two main varieties of beans, green and red
-Coffee culture is constantly changing as coffee drinkers seek new ways to enjoy their favorite beverage. Production, trading and distribution methods have evolved to meet these new needs but there are a lot more improvements yet to be made.