Sally Kang

why join the navy.

On Becoming A Barista

18 Dec 2019

[ Life  Coffee  ]

Breaking news, I just got my barista certificate yesterday! It is very easy (but not cheap) to get such one though, I have been dreaming about this for a long time.

Yes, I am a coffee nerd. To start with, I fell in love with coffee about 6 or 7 years ago, I was in the last year of my high school and studied intensely every day for the coming national college entrance exam (If you know what that means in China, well…). It was quite stressful, to keep myself efficient and energetic for school, I drank a lot of coffee, I can still remember the brand of coffee that I drank the most is Nestle.

Unfortunately, I was drinking the most unhealthy and cheapest type of coffee back then, which means it usually contains artificial sweetener and various creamers. As a result, I gained weight, a lot. But still, I have become addicted to caffeine since then, and probably not gonna quit it until I die.

Then I came to Australia, a place that people even look down Starbucks because they have their own good cafes almost every street. One of my favourites is the cappuccino, I like it so much that I would have one almost every time I hang out.

Anyway, I finally decided to sign in the Barista course during my holiday in Sydney, one of the reasons is that I’m boring like hell here too :p. To be honest, the course fee is sort of expensive for me, which is why I have hesitated for a long time. The whole course duration is 5-hour, which can be completed in one day. After the course completed, we would be assessed by trainers with the relevant qualifications as set down by the Australian Government. The assessment is pretty easy though, it is done in two ways:

  1. Face-to-face Q&A. It is more like an oral exam or interview, the examiner would ask some most important knowledge of making coffee in practical.

  2. Roleplay. The examiner would pretend to be the customer in a cafe to order any possible type of coffee coming from the menu, we are expected to give the right recommendation (for example, if the customer wants dairy-free coffee we won’t say cappuccino then)and make the required coffee.

Overall, I was taught how to use a coffee machine from scratch with no prior experience, with these key skills listed below:

Here are some images I took from my courses, it was fun : )

  1. The assessment instructions for the practical demonstration. It looks like a loooong list.

2.Espresso machines. The soul of everything …

  1. Practising

  1. Still practising…

  1. Etching techniques, I have to say it’s the easiest one compared with other techniques especially the latter free pouring…

  1. Free Pouring techniques, yep, I know I am shitty, keep it quiet :(

Finally, just want to show my certificates. : )

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