Tools Every Serious Barista Needs to Make Gourmet Espresso Drinks
A lot of people “love” coffee. But, then there are those of us who could spend hours working on the perfect latte. If you love to make gourmet espresso drinks, then you probably already have your espresso machine set up and ready to go. But, do you have all the tools you need to make the very best lattes, cappuccinos, macchiatos, and more?
If not, run through this basic checklist, covering everything from coffee syrups to tampers.
Apron: Every good barista needs an apron. It will keep you clean, and also give you a place to stick that tamper and brush. No matter how clean you are, an apron is going to come in handy if you like to make gourmet espresso drinks. Sooner or later, that frothing milk is going to jump out at you!
Brush: You’ll also need a brush to clean away any espresso ground residue after you pull that perfect shot of espresso. Keeping your gear clean will yield better quality drinks, and ensure a long life for your machine.
Espresso Shot Glass: Speaking of that “perfect shot,” we hope you aren’t using a standard cocktail shot glass. A standard shot glass will do the trick, but a double-walled espresso shot glass that marks the one ounce line will be better for the novice barista.
Coffee Syrups: Of course, you’ll also want to have at least two or three coffee syrups to mix and match or enjoy alone. This fall, why not add something especially seasonal and unique to your lineup? Try Amoretti Premium Gingerbread Syrup, delicious and crisp, just like the real thing!
Milk-Steaming Pitcher: If there’s one accessory you really put your research into, make it your milk-steaming pitcher. Of everything on this list, this is the device you’ll use most often as you make gourmet espresso drinks. Do your homework to determine which ones have the best insulation, most even heating, and cleanest pour. Trust us; it’s worth it.
Tamper: Every espresso-lover knows that how you pack your grounds makes a big difference. Get a good, heavy tamp with a wide face to be sure you get the best pack for your machine.
Thermometer: Lastly, if your machine doesn’t read the temperature of the milk it steams, invest in a quality thermometer. Once you gain experience, this won’t be necessary. However, it’s a smart and safe way to get your start.
Don’t forget to pick up some Amoretti Premium Coffee Syrups this fall!