Are you a coffee snob like I’ve become?

barista espresso shots


I am a confessed coffee snob. Granted I still have much to learn, and since working at the café and learning to be a barista, I have found out just how much. Much as for a wine connoisseur, coffee is a very particular thing.

When someone looks for a quality café hoping to find coffee excellence, the barista doesn’t mind a little particularity, in fact it’s expected. Baristas will pull 2-3 shots before being satisfied with the perfect one sometimes. And a customer waiting for their Americano or latte, doesn’t mind the wait generally. Brewed coffee is for the hurried. 😉 The grind, tamping and water temperature all affect the quality of the espresso shot.

Corporate coffee shops with specialty coffees are known for their idiosyncratic customers, with their non-fat, sugar-free, flavored espresso drinks – but is the focus really on the espresso itself? I’m not sure. I just know that if I want a personal touch I look for the homegrown café with the locally fresh-roasted fair-trade organic beans.

Which is why I was dismayed to discover at a small town shop with a quality supplier of beans, that when I ordered my Americano it was made with a pre-portioned/packed puck of espresso. Why on earth would you bother with an espresso machine, if not to pull a fresh ground espresso shot? I figured we may as well have been using the single-brew specialty coffee-makers that are used for convenience in many homes and offices.

At a good café the barista doesn’t mind pulling a new shot if the customer is not satisfied with the crème. They don’t mind waiting for the water to heat to it’s optimum temperature before pulling the shot. And will work to froth the milk just right for the perfect pour into a lovely bit of latte art.

I may never become the skilled barista, but I now have a greater appreciation for what my barista does for me, and am on the hunt for an inexpensive quality home espresso machine 😉

I hope to keep my newly gained skills practiced, but am on to new horizons, having finally secured employment in my field of study, social work.


About Trish

family legacy curator, social justice advocate, blogger, amateur photographer, reader, cyclist, runner & swimmer, mom of two