Italian coffee, cappuccino and latte art courses
From the 2007 “Aprire un bar” group run courses about the world of Italian coffee, cappuccino and Latte art. The courses are held in the center of Florence.
The courses are held in English by teachers with a long experience in coffee and working as trainer and export manager for Italian coffee companies. Our school is a partner of La Marzocco, one of the most famous manufacturers of coffee machines in the world. In our courses you can arrange a visit at the plant "La Marzocco" in Florence.
The courses are:
- Discovery: a glance on the world of Italian coffee
- Quality: the basic professional knowledge of an Italian Barista
- Latte art: all the secrets of the cappuccino with the heart, the leaf and so on.
- Advanced: tasting, roasting, blending... the world of the coffee behind the counter.
- Coffee fanatics: the most innovative course, for barista and home barista geeks!
The courses, that include a part dedicated to the coffee tasting, with the possibility to evaluate different coffees in blend or single origin, are held in the very center of Florence, a few minutes walking from Santa Maria Novella.
Our group works with the WBC: World Barista Championship
To book a course we just need an E-mail with name, surname and a telephone number. There is no payment in advance. For any information firstname.lastname@example.org
The courses are held in the center of Florence. The meeting point of the courses is in front of the bar Gilli, the oldest cafe in Florence (1734!) in Piazza della Repubblica, close to the Duomo and just five minutes’ walk from the Santa Maria Novella main railway station.
If you are not staying in the center of Florence train is the best option to get the meeting point.
Parking a private car can be complicate and expensive and most cars are not allowed to drive or park in the city center and often get ticketed.
If you must drive in, consider parking at Piazzale Michelangelo- which usually has some free parking available and a great view to start your day in Florence! Just consider around half an hour/ forty minutes of a very nice walk to get the meeting point.
The course lasts only three hours and it is structured in order to offer both the gourmet and the coffee lover a closer approach to the world of coffee, and to allow all those visiting Florence to get easily acquainted with such an important aspect of the Italian way of living. The course will deal briefly but clearly with the main types of coffee, the processing, the ways to recognize, to make and to taste a good espresso and the secrets of a true cappuccino!
CAPPUCCINO AND LATTE ART
Cappuccino is a symbol like no other, a social event and a cultural characteristic of Italy. There are, especially in foreign countries, plenty of articles, essays devoted to it - and even a novel: "The Cappuccino Year".
The course starts from the right equipment and continue with a lot of practice: the basic rules of latte art, learning how to make leaves, hearts, dragon, bear and other figures, until the latte art championships!
The course starts from the knowledge of coffee blends to the maintenance of machines, coffee grinding and blending, espresso, cappuccino, latte macchiato, latte art, the iced “espresso shakerato” and more.
A course designed for those who really want to become professional in coffee.
During the course we will visit a roasting company; we will have a wide part dedicated to the coffee tasting, both for blends and single origin coffee. Again we will practice on espresso, cappuccino, latte art, coffee cocktails having a glance to the world of the international coffee “Starbucks way"
More than a course a workshop about the latest frontiers of espresso, for professional and “home barista geeks!”. From theory and practice about Italian espresso roasting, to the examination of the most innovative espresso machines and the more “cool” tools of the coffee world!
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