4 Rookie Drink-Making Mistakes (Help With Premium Syrups)
Specialty coffee-lovers everywhere enjoy making their own delicious coffee drinks. It’s a chance to take their coffee experience to the next level, and a way to share something special with others. Unfortunately, many rookie baristas are committing at least one of the following four errors, from using a bad “premium” syrup to throwing the recipe book out the window. Let’s take a closer look at four of the major mistakes…
1. Using a “Premium” Syrup that Curdles Milk
We can’t emphasize enough how important quality ingredients are. All of our premium syrups are made right here in Southern California where we can watch quality control like a hawk! Your specialty coffee deserves great ingredients. Not only do great ingredients taste better, but they make your job as barista easier!
That being said, it’s beyond us why so many so-called premium syrup brands will curdle milk. If you’re looking for a great premium syrup that won’t curdle your milk, allow us to recommend Amoretti Premium Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Bean Syrup. This is one of our favorite ‘Classic’ premium syrups for coffee.
2. “Flavor Pairings?”
Secondly, many would-be baristas don’t have a good grasp of flavoring pairings. Sure, one premium syrup may be all that your specialty coffee drink needs. But, wouldn’t you like to have the knowledge to effectively bring more than one premium syrup into your drink? Check out these great chocolate pairings.
3. Poorly Brewed Coffee
If you want to make a good specialty coffee drink… you’ve got to have properly brewed coffee. Many of us estimate our coffee to water ratio when we roll out of bed, and make that early morning pot. While that might suffice to get you into the car and on your way to work, it doesn’t quite cut it on the gourmet drink level. Make sure you’re brewing your coffee to the roaster’s specifications!
4. “I Don’t Need a Recipe.”
Lastly, there’s nothing wrong with relying on a recipe as you start making specialty coffee drinks. In fact, we’d encourage you to use a recipe. That’s how you can come to understand flavor pairings and combinations better. Plus, when you use a recipe, you then have a foundation to invent off of. So, make sure you learn a few drink recipes. Use them; enjoy them; then, make them your own!