Exploring Practitioners 2: Barista – Low Jia Yi

Workspace:

At a cafe, behind the counter.

Tools:

  • Coffee Bean Grinder
  • Portafilter
  • Distributor
  • Automatic Tamper
  • Espresso Machine
  • Milk Jug
  • Steam Wand

Process:

Step 1. Grind the coffee beans and place them in the portafilter

Step 2. Use the distributor to evenly distribute the coffee grinds

Step 3. Use the automatic tamper machine to densely pack the coffee grinds together

Step 4. Put the portafilter in the espresso machine and make coffee

Step 5. Pour some milk in the milk jug and use the steam wand to froth it

Step 6. Pour frothed milk into cup of coffee and make designs if desired

Latte Art

Pain Point:

Most of the process is automated, like with the espresso machine. However, there was one main difficulty, which was to froth the milk correctly – which will be to ensure that the bubbles formed are small bubbles to ensure better integration with the coffee. Furthermore, the steam wand is extremely hot, so one has to practice caution.

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