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HOT: Australian Barista School – 131 Wickham Tce, Spring Hill.

Since I’ve known him, MM has always wanted to do a course on how to make the perfect coffee.  So, being the exceptional wife that I am, I bought him (and me!) a spot at Australian Barista School for his birthday last month. 

 There seems to be plenty of coffee schools around Brisbane, but this one seemed to have the right balance of cost and time.  It was a 3 hour introductory course for $75 which I thought seemed pretty reasonable.  After all, this is purely out of interest for us – we’re not about to run out and buy a café and become full time baristas.  

 Australian Barista School holds classes in Brisbane and Sydney and their schedule for introductory coffee making skills is twice weekly and you can book conveniently online.  MM and I attended the Saturday morning session with 8 other keen punters.  The classes are limited to 10 people, which is great for ensuring an intimate setting where by the teacher can spend time one on one with participants as required. 

 

The classroom is cosy, with one large table to gather around as the teacher does demonstrations and then six commercial coffee machines to hone your skills on.  There’s a good mix of practical and theoretical knowledge sharing and throughout the lesson the teacher makes a point of spending time with each student to check on their progress (or the mess they’re making).

Each participant gets their own spot on a commercial machine to learn and practice skills such as packing the head and making the coffee biscuit, frothing milk, making espresso and then pouring all the types of coffees that you’d find in your local café.  You’ll also learn how all the components of the coffee machine work and how to clean it after a hard day on the grind. 

Best of all, you’ll learn how to spot a bad coffee a mile away.  Since doing the course I have become the biggest coffee snob and now that I know how much mark up most cafes put on their coffees compared to how much it costs them to make it, as a paying customer I believe I (and you!) have a right to send it back if it’s not perfect.

The 3hour introductory course at Australian Barista School will definitely give you an insight into the art of coffee making and equip you with enough knowledge and skills to either get a job in a café as a trainee barista, or make your own perfect espresso at home.  It was a jam-packed 3 hours, and maybe a little rushed, but for the money it was well worth it.  MM and I had a fantastic time and would recommend it to anyone has a love affair with coffee.

  • Australian Barista School – 131 Wickham Tce, Spring Hill, 1300 838 962
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