June 14, 2007
After my 202 to my dad’s 226 in wii bowling, I buckled down and finished up the Octane Barista Certification prgram. I think this will be a great way to get people into the craft as well as refine them into the best baristas Atlanta has to offer. This is the email I’m sending out to the staff.
“Alright guys, the barista certification has been developed and is waiting for you to start the process! It is a three-part operation.
Part I: Consistency Skills
Grind. The grinder will be at an incorrect setting and the barista will adjust it to the proper grind size within 3 shots being pulled.
Dose. The barista will dose, distribute, tamp, then weigh the portafilter, it should be between18 and19 grams. No more than 19 and no less than 18. This will be completed twenty times in a row. The excess ground coffee that is distributed off the edge of the portafilter will then be weighed and will not weigh more than forty(40)-grams, to prove minimal waste.
Milk. To test milk-texturing skills, the barista will pour a heart in a macchiato, and rosettas in both a cappuccino and a latte.
Once this section is passed, the barista will be able to attempt the second portion of the certification.
Part II: The Written Exam
This will be a 100-question test, to judge the barista’s coffee knowledge. All of the questions will be directly out of the Octane manual and will be multiple choice. To pass this section the barista will have to receive at least an 84%, since that is a prestigious score in the cup of excellence program.
There is one final portion to be completed after the written section is passed.
Part III: Competition Evaluation
We all know that barista competitions are a big part of the community, so the third part of the Octane Barista Certification will be a mock competition. It will be slightly altered to be only against yourself and the numbers. There will be only two sensory judges and one technical judge and one will act as the head judge to break a tie in scores if necessary. The barista will pass if a certain score is reached. The score sheets for the competition will be passed out once the barista has passed the first section of the process to begin learning how they are scored.
On passing all three sections you will be an Octane Certified Barista! You will pick out and receive your own tamper, as well as a membership to the Barista Guild of America, and perhaps more goodies.
We will all learn a lot through this and we will all be badass baristas. If you want to sign up for additional training or start on the certification, I’ll be posting a sheet on the kitchen door on Monday and contact me if you want training with Chris Owens at the CCC training center.
Thanks guys! I’m really excited.”
I hope it goes over well and all the kids start signing up as soon as they read it.