That's what it's all about. Building muscle memory. Figuring out fine-tuned details. But going further, how do you go from nothing to something in a few minutes? What does a good extraction taste like?
There can seemingly be more questions than answers when it comes to espresso, but we are here to help. Let us take you through a journey of dialing in, going through our checklists of what we are looking for, understand the mechanics of tamping, and so much more.
Espresso doesn't have to be intimidating, it's really just another brew method, one with a lot more pressure being applied to the coffee. Because of this, our approach to dialing it in will be different than other brew methods, but the same principles apply. Learn what those are and build your muscle memory to compete with the best of them out there, whether you are a home or pro barista, or perhaps just starting your coffee journey.
How To Brew Espresso will take place on 11/21/17 from 6PM-7:30PM at Bar Nine. We hope to see you there!
Cupping coffee is the most important tool in your arsenal in your coffee journey. It's the best way to understand tasting, evaluating, and appreciating all the nuances involved in a great coffee. It's how roasters evaluate green coffee samples, perform quality control on production batches, and learn as much about their product as possible.
Even as baristas, cupping proves to be invaluable as that becomes our guide in brewing coffee. It's how we know a given coffee is supposed to taste, and shows us all its hidden depths. We can then jump further into our extractions, truly getting the most out of every cup.
Cupping is also the best way to taste multiple coffees at the same time, as they are all brewing at the same time in their cupping bowls. That means we can see how each coffee is at each of its stages, from fragrance and aromatics to its acidity and sweetness to how it finishes on our palate.
This Workshop will give you all the tools you need to understand cupping, which will in turn give you so many further tools in your coffee journey.
How To Cup Coffee will take place on Tuesday 11/7/17 from 6PM-7:30PM at Bar Nine. We hope to see you there!
For many of us, pour overs are the principle way we enjoy coffee at home. From the classic Melitta cone to the simplicity of the Chemex to the flat bed style of the Kalita Wave, there is a lot of romance, as well as a lot of mystery, in making coffee one cup at a time.
The question becomes, how do I do this well? What variables are constant no matter what brewer I'm using, and how do I optimize my extraction for a particular brewer.
In How To Brew Pour Overs, learn about all these details and get some great hands on experience behind our bar, where you will find, it is truly all about the details.
This class will be held on 11/14/17 from 6-7:30PM.
Presentation. It's the final step in the brewing process of drink preparation, and has a wonderful mystique all its own. Pouring great latte art can be accessible to anyone, and that's what this class is all about.
But it's not just about making your drink look beautiful, it's about steaming milk perfectly to bring out its best attributes, from texture to optimal development of the sugars inherent to the milk. Properly steamed milk should taste like warm ice cream, and provide a great "paint" for your drink canvas.
Unlock the secrets of Latte Art with us on 11/28/17 from 6PM-7:30PM.