Getting the most out of your barista course
Barista training can help to improve you or your staff’s skills, as well as provide opportunities for career advancement in the industry. There are plenty of courses available, from basic training to how to perfect your latte art, such as those offered by kimbo coffee. But if you’re about to start training, how can you make the most of your time on the course to maximise your learning? Here are some tips that will ensure you get the most out of every opportunity.
Starting any course requires a determination to succeed and a willingness to learn, so it’s vital that you approach your barista training with the right mindset. Some people will join the course of their own will, but others may have been asked to attend by their employer and not want to go. But if you go in feeling like you’re going to fail or like you don’t want to be there, it will show in your results. Everything you will learn on your course will be useful to you, whether it’s improving how to cup and refining your skills or helping to perfect the roasting of the coffee for the perfect brew. Have an open mind when you start the course and show an eagerness to learn, as you’ll not only retain more knowledge, but you’ll also enjoy yourself more.
Go in With the Right Mindset
Always Ask Questions
When we attend a training course or workship, we’re challenging ourselves. But we shouldn’t forget to challenge the knowledge we already have and the assumptions we make about making coffee and the ‘rules’. No-one is suggesting that arguing with your trainer is the right move, but don’t be afraid to ask questions and be curious about what you’re learning. If a topic comes up that challenges something you know, feel free to share your knowledge with the group and stay open-minded to the training. Coffee is a fun subject that can be experimented with and the more you question your learning and your prior knowledge, the more you’ll get out of your course in the long-term.
You’ve gone through the course and completed your training. But that’s not where the learning stops. The training doesn’t start and end with your barista course so it’s important to maintain your knowledge and continue to practice what you’ve picked up. This will keep the information fresh in your mind and will challenge you to keep learning as you use the skills you’ve acquired. There are plenty of ways to do this, from teaching your colleagues about what you’ve learned on your course to attending events, running your own experiments and even comparing notes as you practice. Keeping notes is also key to ensuring you don’t forget valuable nuggets of information. The internet is packed with information, from events such as the World Barista Championships to blog posts on different coffee blends and new roasters, so staying up to date will be valuable to your skills as a barista.