Making coffee is an art, and the coffee maker is an artist. That is what people say about barista – the coffee maker.
What is definition of barista?
Barista is generally understood as the people who make and serve coffee behind the counter at restaurant, café or coffee shop. However, it is much more than that. A barista is a coffee professional who has the experience and training to serve coffee and espresso-based beverages to customers that based on his/her craftsmanship and quality. It means that a person who does this job has to own a high level of skills in making espresso and different drinks related to coffee, including cappuccino, mocha, Americano, lattes, etc.
Originally, barista is an Italian word, indicating a male or female, working behind the counter and serving both hot drinks (espresso, for example) and cold alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. So, in Italy this is a bartender but making both coffee and alcohol.
Barista with his or her routine tasks.
Basically, such a coffee blender has to know how to make all of the coffee beverages, from basic drinks for a breakfast to the full-of-art cup of coffee that require artistic skills. They also need to understand the wide range of coffee knowledge, such as the history of coffee bean, the development of coffee making or every feature of different types of coffee.
As a barista, you need to be very skillful, fast-handed and importantly, always friendly to the customers. People usually drink coffee at the morning, before get to work. That’s why they don’t have much time to wait because they have to hurry to workplace. In addition, we all know everyone tend to be gruffer at the morning before they get a cup of coffee. Therefore, you need to make drinks in a super fast paced environment by following the standard recipes. You also need do multiple types of coffees and must do it right at the first time.
For customers want to enjoy a good coffee, they require not only a tasteful drink, but also a well-decorated cup with cream, milk, foam and front, especially for lattes and cappuccino. And, baristas need to become an artist, creating amazing “pictures” above the cup with their hand.
Especially, every coffee mixer has to use the commercial espresso machine with the master level. It is the most important equipment to make coffee. And he needs to know all the details of how to use the machine to adapt different preferences of drinkers. Generally, he needs to be trained to use this machine.
How to become a coffee master?
To become a coffe master, you have a lot of options. The best way is attending to a training course to have the most demonstrated and comprehensive knowledge about coffee practices and everything about coffee. However, since this job do not require serious academic professional, you also can learn to become a barista through the long time of working at the coffee shops. You can learn all the skills and methods by observing others and practice regularly. This job requires hard-working, skilled hand and a great passion. Therefore, you can completely learn it by yourself.
Barista and World Barista’s Championship (WBC).
There is a World Barista Championship (WBC) held annually by World Coffee Event (WCV), aiming to promote and honor the barista profession and engage the development of coffee making. Each year, a champion will win the preventatives from more than 50 countries around the world by making 4 espressos, 4 cappuccinos, and 4 original signature drinks to exacting standards in a 15-minute performance set to music.
To sum up, barista is the one who makes coffee recipes at art-like levels. This is a borrowing word from Italian. However, a barista today has been widely used as an assurance on highest level of coffee brewers within a coffee shop. He or she, of course, must be able to make excellent coffee cups and recipes and maintain highest quality for every single cup of coffees they serve. To become a pro-rated barista is like striving to be an artist. That is why there is a world’s championship for them named World Barista Championship to be held yearly to find the world’s champion in this field.