Home Barista Training in LA
- sku Jan 5, 2011 08:26 AM
So I have a new espresso machine and I really want to learn latte art. Does anyone know any shop or other place that does training for home baristas? I tried Intelligentsia, but they told me they don't have that in LA.
Oh, here's the machine: http://recenteats.blogspot.com/2010/1...
Latte art is all about how you steam the milk, and each machine could have a different approach; a commercial machine takes mere seconds to create microfoam, while the Silvia takes 30sec or more. That's why I don't necessarily think a training program would help you unless the barista were familiar with the machine.
The quickest way would be to have a Silvia owner come over and teach you.
Meanwhile, you can peruse coffeegeek's latte art boards: http://coffeegeek.com/forums/espresso...
There are plenty of posts on steaming with the Silvia. Many videos on youtube as well.
Ahh, didn't realize you were that far ahead. If you're producing microfoam with a velvety smooth consistency resembling latex paint, then it's really a matter of mechanics and the machine is out of the equation.
There are probably thousands of posts on technique. What exactly is happening when you pour?
BTW, some cafes that do latte art will let you pour the milk they've steamed (not Intelly, though). They might be able to critique your method.
It's geared more for the coffee professional, but you can call the Specialty Coffee Assocation of America and ask if their classes might cover what you're seeking. If not, they might have leads for a shop that will work with you. They're located in downtown Long Beach.
Also - Coffee Klatch in San Dimas has a barista who's won a world championship. Since they are expanding to other locations, I imagine they train their own staff on the finer points of pulling espresso. Perhaps you can charm your way into a lesson?
806 W Arrow Hwy, San Dimas, CA 91773
re: Professor Salt
You must be thinking of Heather Perry, although she never won a world championship. She finished second, which was the highest an American ever scored although an American has since won the Barista world championship.
She's also in charge of training for her family's stores, but IIRC, she charges $500 to train outsiders.