They wear aprons, carry around clipboards, shake a lot of hands, and look very serious. But what’s happening behind the judges’ curtain that we don’t know about? I had the privilege of tech-judging during the Knoxville Championships, and am here to tell all.
Having well-trained baristas could make the difference between a coffee shop that succeeds and one that flounders. In this mini-series, I will share my experiences and tell you how you can develop a top-notch coffee training program.
Swirling around in your morning joe is a complex solution made up of plant cellulose, lipids, minerals, acids, caffeine, proteins and sugars. You can thank these materials for giving your coffee its flavor. Yum! Well... mostly yum: only about 30% of the coffee bean is dissolvable, and only 18-22% of it even tastes good. Yeah, I know. The math doesn't really seem to be in our favor, does it?
When I recently visited my coffee friend, Rusty Angell, he brewed me a cup of Ethiopia Guji Sidamo that was so very delicious: bright, fruity and tart with a creamy finish. It was that fresh-tasting good-good... So you can imagine my surprise when he told me that he'd been storing said good-good in the freezer, a practice I've long been taught is a major no-go for coffee quality.