The industry of hospitality is growing fast owing to many social and economical reasons in the modern world and this has brought up different career opportunities in the industry. Barista, Bar attendant, Chef, Concierge, Food and beverage manager, Hotel Service supervisor and waiter are only a handful of the career opportunities out of the endless list.
If you are interested in shaping your future as a barista, you will be glad to know that more than 2 billion coffee cups are made around the world in a day. According to payscale.com, the average hourly salary of a barista in Australia is $17 which can vary from $12.15 to $21.43 and qualifications and experience can boost it.
The term barista refers to a professional coffee maker but the obsession for coffee of a barista cannot be limited to a single term. It is an art that has to be nurtured with passion for coffee and this art can polish up the skills of a barista to make and serve coffee.
In the early days, the position of the barista was restricted to a qualified few who did not wish to share the techniques and tips of coffee making and therefore the occupation was dominated by particular set of families.
However in the modern world, these traditional techniques as well as new innovative tips and methods can be learnt by barista courses. The key tasks that are focused in coffee training can be summarized as –
- History of coffee and coffee making
- Coffee styles
- Selecting and grinding coffee
- Extracting coffee
- Operating the coffee machine
- Texturing milk
- Pouring patterns
- Roasting and blending
- Serving and presenting espresso
- Coffee presentation
- Cleaning, proper use and maintenance of equipment
Apart from the above mentioned tasks, cooperating with team members, greeting customers, taking orders and operating the cash register are also skilled in these courses.
In order to become a barista and work in a restaurant, the passion for coffee making is not sufficient. Formal qualifications play a significant role in fine tuning the skills and present you as a professional barista.
Unless you are learning to make coffee to impress your friends at the next dinner party, getting your hands on a recognized and legal document that certifies you as a barista is absolutely valuable. In Australia, Certificate III in Hospitality produces a qualified waiter and the same certificate is applicable to become a qualified barista.
There are many barista training schools that offer various types of certificates and the outcomes of each course, duration and course fees may vary. Most of these courses are offered by institutes that are linked to cafes, coffee shops, restaurants and hospitality training schools. With the advance of technology, online courses too are available but I doubt the efficiency of these courses since coffee making involves physical training.
The most important aspect to consider is the correspondence of the certificate with your expectations and it is wise to do a little personal research before deciding on the course you wish to join.…