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Mar
2006

WA Barista Academy

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Just been hanging out with Ben of the newly formed Western Australian Barista Academy. Soon to be holding the WA state heats of the Australian Barista Championships.

Here’s a nice shot taken a few short minutes ago on my phone. Trying to put them roughly in sequence to show a bit of the technique Ben uses to dose, tamp and pull shots…

Mazzer Robur

Dosing

Hands of a master Part 2

Levelling

Hands of a master Part I

Tamping

LaMarzocco Linea

The Linea

Espresso shot LaMarzocco Linea

The shot (not the best one we pulled)

Was a Rosetta

The latte art… just after Ben had almost knocked the cup over :)

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  1. Wow, nice art indeed!!! How did you do this? It looks great!!

    March 18, 2006 at 10:02 am Reply
  2. Hey Bea,

    This one was nowhere near as nice as the art than Ben can do most of the time… I’ll have to post some better shots soon.

    Basically its about pulling a really nice shot of espresso with lots of dark brown crema… and then texturing/steaming the milk so its at just the right thickness and consistency to be able to pour nice patterns through the espresso. Once you’ve got the milk textured right, then you need to be able to pour properly, and steadily to get the rosetta shape (or heart, apple, whatever) … which is not as easy as it seems (if it did seem easy).

    Needless to say, I need a lot more practice :)

    March 18, 2006 at 10:36 am Reply
  3. Ben

    Yeh, thanks for showing my slip up to the world Matt! ;)

    Hi Bea,
    As Matt said, latte art starts with getting exactly the right texture with your milk: too thick and you’ll get big blobs with no definition, too thin and you’ll wash away the crema as you pour. The next step is lots and lots of practice! Trust me, this not-so-hot rosetta is the result of hundreds and hundreds of attempts.

    Anyway, maybe you can drop in some time and we can chat about it a bit more.

    Cheers,
    Ben

    March 20, 2006 at 3:03 pm Reply
  4. Thats just me showing how your slip ups still look better than my concerted efforts mate..

    And as much as I’m sure Bea would love to drop in, the fact that she’s in Boston in the US might make that difficult :)

    I managed to make something vaguely rosetta shaped this morning… might post it up later.

    March 20, 2006 at 3:17 pm Reply
  5. Yes, I wish I could do that. Where is the academy? Do you have a site?

    March 22, 2006 at 7:13 pm Reply
  6. Hey Miles,

    The academy is on Lake St in Northbridge, 135 Lake St to be precise, just on the other side of Newcastle St away from the city.

    The website is in the works… however in the meantime you can get in touch via ben AT baristaacademy.com.au

    March 23, 2006 at 12:11 am Reply

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