What happens in SCA Barista Skills Professional course? Couple months ago I completed the SCA Barista Skills Module with its' last level: Professional. I spent three days in Amsterdam geeking the hell out of coffee, water and milk. My trainers were Onna and Florian from Stooker Coffee Roasting Co. This is what we did during the two training days and exam day.
Perhaps the world's true heroes, Baristas are the reason that we can make it through our days - Especially during the long and dark Finnish winter. Many think that being a Barista is an effortless job. Being a Barista takes a lot more than pushing buttons on a machine or pulling espresso shots, if you want to make a career of it. You will discover a whole new world and fall in love with it. The fine balance of art and science.
Our sourcing manger Anna Vänskä (read here more about Anna and her passion about coffee) introduced me to a pretty new brewing equipment called Vandola. It really caught my eye because it’s really pretty and doesn’t look technical at all which is somewhat fresh in the coffee scene where all the novelties normally have lots of shiny parts and technical details. Vandola is made out of clay and it looks like something out of ancient times. Sooo what there is not to like?
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.
So, you would like to learn this artisanal craft, but maybe you are still wondering how to become a barista? Well, the stereotypical tattoos and beard-combo probably won’t make you a barista, but they sure won’t stop you from becoming one. Here are my best tips how start your path to become a pro barista!