Barista in the making
Trip Start Apr 17, 2011
87Trip End May 10, 2012
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Working in hospitality is missing off the CV and as a traveller (or soon to be) I feel its customary to work in a bar or cafe if not both.
I watched a few dodgy safety videos and a video that explains what makes up the different coffee's and then we were shown a how to use a coffee machine then it was let loose on making latte's cappucino's, mocha's, hot chocolates and macchiatio's in a piccolo latte glass.
I have much more sympathy now for those that work in Starbucks and such like especially at the rush hour times. In my class however there was no measurement on a shot of espresso and we were told to measure it in our heads although if we were to work in a coffee place its likely the machine would be pre-set...somewhat pointless in my opinion but I did have a couple of strong coffee's in the meanwhile.
We were made to do a 'test' where as the trainer read out the questions he answered the question as if he was being tested himself and then went onto say he has a 100% pass rate...well obviously as you don't bother the check what people have written and you're just following a formality!
Regardless of the irrelevant test the day was good to be able to use the coffee machines and learn the terms for potential jobs in the hopefully near future for Perth and the amount of coffee's I have drank that day...wow was it actually hard to go to bed at night. I like my coffee but about 20 glasses in the space of 6 hours should definitely carry a health warning!
The second part of the course was latte art which is quite a big thing over here and I recall seeing a rosetta tree when I had a coffee in my first week here and was quite impressed with the pattern on the coffee instead of using a template heart shape as they do in the costa back home in south harrow.