Learn how to be a barista at home using your espresso machine
Coffee machine sales have soared in the last year due to the pandemic and more of us working from home. According to AO.com, sales of home coffee machines increased by 412% after the second lockdown was announced in November 2020. Coffee machines sold include pod machines, bean-to-cup coffee machines (coffee at the push of a button) and espresso machines.
Such home espresso machines that have seen an increase in popularity are Sage and De’Longhi which are the UK leaders in the UK domestic coffee machine market.
An espresso machine requires you to be your own barista at home and many people have taken this approach as they are missing their usual brew from their usual ‘go to’ workplace coffee.
Using an espresso machine however, isn’t quite as simple as it seems if you want a nice coffee that is comparable to what you are served in a coffee shop. There is certainly a skill level required to become a barista which can be fun but also daunting at the same time.
Here is a breakdown of different factors which should be considered when making a coffee:
Too fine or too coarse will hugely affect the espresso coming out from your machine. It’s good to understand the importance of grind size to ensure the espresso is neither bitter nor sour.
Having too much or too little ground coffee in your portafilter basket will also affect the espresso coming out of your machine. Too little and the flavour will be weak and too much coffee may cause a pressure build up and prevent a good stream of water passing through the coffee, resulting in a short and poor tasting espresso.
Coffee Machine Settings
Most machines are automatic these days and come with standard factory settings for the volume of water that is set for a single and double shot. However, these can and should be adjusted and reset to ensure you have the perfect volume for your espresso shot. Too much or too little will have a huge impact on the flavour of your espresso.
There is certainly a skill needed when steaming milk and it’s important to understand the basics for creating foam (perfect for a cappuccino) or silky steamed milk (for a flat white). Understanding the basic technique to create the right consistency is key if you want to create a speciality coffee at home. This comes down to learning the basics and then practice, practice and more practice.
Nowadays, there are plenty of video’s online that can give you the tools to self learn at home on your own machine. Youtube has a great selection of videos to choose from. We recommend watching The Espresso Guide for Beginners for a really brief summary covering the basics.
There are however, plenty of us that prefer to learn with a face-to-face, interactive coffee training course where you learn by seeing and doing. Maverick Coffee offers one-to-one barista training in the comfort of your own home using your very own machine. Although all espresso machines work in a similar way, it is useful to learn on your own coffee machine (similar to learning to drive in your own car).
If you want support with setting up and barista training on your own coffee machine then you can find out more here https://maverickcoffee.co.uk/pages/barista-training.
Alternatively you can get in touch with us: firstname.lastname@example.org.