When it comes to talking about coffee, you don't have to ask us twice, which is why we were delighted when La Marzocco asked us to host a workshop at this years Manchester Coffee Festival.
So we got to brainstorming, what could we teach these budding home baristas that they wouldn't already know. Then we got it, EXTRACTION! Not pulling shots per-say, but analysing what really goes on when you slide the paddle and your espresso starts to pour out of those portafilter spouts.
We put together our presentation, packed our coffee and hopped on the 4:52am (Yes, that's how serious we are) service to Manchester Piccadilly.
The workshop was fantastic, and was enjoyed by everyone who attended (One of the attendees even said it was the highlight of their day). We spent one full hour geeking out over the fine details of the extraction process, best practice for perfect espresso and how to recognise when your espresso is tasting good or bad. We finished the session pulling salami shots (splitting the extraction process into three cups) and tasting the espresso at the different points of extraction.
Thanks so much to everyone who came along and, of course, thank you to La Marzocco for giving us the platform to share our knowledge.
Finished reading this and thinking you could learn a thing or two about brewing great espresso? Why not book onto our newly launched Barista Skills course in early 2024? Book your spot.
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