Just a few months ago, I had one of the biggest highlights of my coffee career. Participating in the Lithuanian Barista championship I won the second place in the competition.
In Lithuania, we can be proud to have many professional baristas. One of them, Laurynas Arlauskas, is the winner of 2016 and 2017 Lithuanian Barista Championship.
Six years ago London Coffee Festival was born, and today it's THE event to explore coffee culture, breathe barista lifestyle and find new trends. At the festival, you get to meet enthusiast roasters, product manufactures, baristas, and other industry professionals. It is so inspiring to see and feel their love and knowledge of this amazing beverage called coffee.
Have you ever wondered what happens in a barista course? Training Manager Ulla gives a sneak peak into her day when she organises a SCA Barista Skills Foundation course. So here you go: This is Barista Trainer's my day!
Coffee books are important source of knowledge and inspiration for baristas. Here is the list of my favorite coffee books and publications that I especially recommend for baristas that are looking for basic knowledge level. These coffee books are the ones that one should start exploring the world of coffee.
Have you ever thought how to make a perfect cup of coffee over fire outdoors. We gave outdoors coffee brewing a go and really loved the flavor of open fire coffee. Here are the best tips how to make coffee outdoors over fire.
Sustainability is one of our core values here at Barista Institute, we want coffee to both taste good but also be good for people and environment. Baristas are there to represent the whole value chain and we have an important role in communicating and executing the product in the best possible way.
I visited the city for the first time years ago and totally fell in love with, well, everything. Since I have visited regularly. It's a stunning mixture of history and modern, rough street corners next super posh high street shops and of course interesting coffee scene. Russia has been traditionally more tea then coffee country, and when 94% of people drink tea you could say it still is pretty tea concentrated nation.
For many of us word barista is very closely related to coffee but I feel there is much more to know if one really wants to be a great barista. We have talked a lot about milk, water and spices used in recipes and coffee brewing. But one thing we should talk a lot more is tea. Tea culture is something we should bring to next level in our coffee shops as there is more and more people bouncing between these two beautiful drinks.
Kombucha has become extremely popular a few years back as there are many health benefits in it and it is a naturally fizzy drink with sweetly fermented flavor. It has been around long before the hipsters found it and it became part of the today’s heath trend of functional beverages. Study of Wiley University tells that it originally comes from China where it was used for its health benefits as early as 220 BC.
The reason why most of us practice meditation is that it helps us to find inner peace, improves perception, helps brain to rest, helps us to stay in the present moment and most of all perfects our sense of contentment as a whole. There is plenty of research about the positive effects of mediation towards comprehensive well-being of people. Researches show that meditation helps people to concentrate on the present moment and prevents dilution of thoughts. Dilution of thoughts had negative effect on learning new and fulfilling tasks.