If you really want to get into the profession of making coffee, it is no longer simple like in the good old days where a chirpy personality, up to date resume and a great smile was all that was required. The people in the profession today ranging from coffee roaster to journalist are all dedicated, highly skilled and well experienced. If you really want to get into the art of coffee making here are some of the ways in which you can successfully do so.
So where do you start?
It can happen two ways. One is that you can approach a good coffee shop and express your interest in learning about the art of making coffee. If they place you for work you will initially be given jobs such as shadowing, expediting and the likes until you prove with consistency that you are capable of making quality drinks. The other way is to start off by doing a barista course which is now available with several highly recognized bodies. But just because you have the certification it does not mean that you will get a bar shift. You need to prove that you can make quality coffee even then for you to be placed at the bar.
What can you expect to learn in your certification?
During the time of your studying to become a professional coffee maker you will be taught normal skills such as how you can be hospitable, how your manners should be towards other employees and customers and the likes. In addition, there are also more specific skills such as how you can learn to properly “dial in” the coffee or how you can correctly operate a eurocave wine fridge. At the end of the study program you will be equipped with all the knowledge that you really need to make it work but the practical application remains entirely in your hands.
What contributes to making a great coffee maker?
You will need to be able to create great quality drinks which can only come from a genuine passion for coffee. You will also need a good palate because after tasting, you will need to adjust brewing recipes as they should be to feel really good. Next, you need to be hard working and energetic because you will be expected to stand for long periods of time without looking like you will pass out any moment. After these have been met you need to have the usual workplace ethics, punctuality and other characteristics usually expected at any job.
Working late nights, or just sick and tired of dealing with everything that goes around you can make you skimp out on meals quickly. But for the times you need to fix up a quick supper or dinner to easily gobble down and do something else, here are some fast and easy recipes to try out. As you can find most of the ingredients in the fridge or around the house, ingredient hunting at the supermarket can be postponed to a fancy dinner day.
Creamy risotto with ham and corn
For this unusual method of combining corn kernels and smoked ham together you need these two base ingredients, olive oil, shallots, Arborio rice(or the rice type you got from the Italian restaurant you went to last), garlic, chicken stock, grated cheese of preference, salt and pepper. Firstly cook the shallots and garlic together with olive oil and add the rice and keep stirring for around 2-4 minutes. Add some white wine if you would like to, stir for a minute or two and then add salt and pepper. Then add one cup of the chicken stock and keep stirring for 5 or 6 minutes. Repeat this step of adding chicken stock and stirring twice more. Then you will have to keep this on low heat and keep stirring until the rice has cooked, at which point you need to add the shredded smoked ham and cook for a couple of minutes. You can add some fresh chives before serving.
Veggie tacos with carrots and black beans
For the times when you think that you have had too much of a carnivore streak recently, try this awesome recipe. Although it will not look as awesome as when served on a great Mexican place or a rooftop restaurant Bangkok, they taste far better than what it sounds like. You will need some olive oil, onions, chili powder, salt and pepper, canned black beans (rinsed and drained), fresh lime wedges and juice, carrots cut into thin sticks, ground cumin, sliced avocado, queso fresco crumbled and taco shells that are warmed. Firstly get your oven going at 450 degrees of Fahrenheit. Then in a saucepan get the oil heated up high and add onions and pepper and cook till tender. To this add the chili powder and cook for 30 seconds and add black beans along with one third cup of water. Reduce the heat and cook till the mixture thickens (which takes 4-6 minutes). Once done, mash the beans and swirl in some lime juice. Add salt and pepper for taste. Toss the carrots with cumin and roast on the oven for 10 minutes. Divide the beans and carrots on the taco shells and top with the avocado, queso fresco and serve with lime wedges.
Try out these recipes when you need a short break but still want to eat!
With romance, you can never go wrong with a classic, dinner and a show. It maybe overused, cliché and old fashioned but you have to admit the concept is brilliant. The point of a first date is to get to know a person, what better than to start a conversation than a sure fire topic you both have in common, the show you just saw. With the variety of shows available today, you can choose to either watch a new release, a comedy act, a stage play or even an outdoor performance. Either way whatever you will choose will give you something to talk about and get over those awkward silences.
A first date is something that can either make or break your love life. Most people think that it’s the art of making a move that determines your place in the dating game but really it’s the first date that counts. You might be a smooth operator but when it comes to dating, you need to be able to do more than catch someone’s attention, you need to keep their attention as well. A first date is an idea place for you to show the other person that you have more than the good (or bad) flirting skills that got them here in the first place.
A great first date is going to a carnival. It’s sweet, it’s romantic and it also shows that you have a carefree fun side that might win you some major points. Whether it be going on a few rides, playing a few games, enjoying a nice ice cream cone or candy floss, there is always something to do which will counteract any awkwardness there might be in the initial stages especially if you’re not the world’s greatest charmer. Another unique date idea is an activity date. Go do something that both of you might enjoy, bungee jumping, rock climbing, parasailing, jet skiing, miniature golf wine or beer tasting or even a cooking or dance class is great way to get the evening off to a good and interesting start. So when the activity is done and you’re enjoying the sushi you made at class or enjoying an ice cream cone on the boardwalk, you will have some interesting opinions on the date or at least you’ll have some good stories to tell.
The thing with first dates is that you have a chance to make an impression that will last or at least set the tone for your relationship. You might have had an awkward first meeting, a very alcohol induced moment of courage when asking them out or it simply might be a blind date. Either way the reason so many people put pressure on a first date is because of the first impression. So remember to be responsible, respectful and dashing and hopefully our ideas will help you as well.