Barista Tips

Welcome to Caffe Society’s barista tips, tricks and technique section.

If you are a novice or an expert looking to enhance your skills, or start learning the tricks and techniques required to become a barista, then you have come to the right place.

How To Set Your Coffee Grinder

Making adjustments to coffee grinders can be a daunting prospect, and contrary to many misconceptions it's actually not that hard to achieve. Finer or more coarse grinds will have a major effect on the taste and quality of the coffee served. Therefore in order to achieve espresso excellence, you will need to get to grips with your grinder.

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How To Tamp Coffee

Once upon a time, the consensus was that the coffee grinds should be tamped at around 30lbs of pressure, which is rather difficult to consistently achieve and required either mechanical assistance or continued wondrous feats of strength.

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How To Froth, Foam & Texture Milk

Overall, properly prepared milk for use in speciality drinks will always be foamed – even if you do not require any foam at all. By introducing air into milk and heating it, the milk will automatically improve in both taste and texture. Whether you use the foam that settles on top is a different matter entirely: for a cappuccino.

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How To Make Espresso

Paul Meikle-Janney, a leading judge for the World Latte Art Championships, guides you through the process of making the foundation to your speciality coffee beverages, the espresso. If you want your coffee to be taken seriously, then it's extremely important to make a consistently good espresso

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