Saturday, 10 March 2018

Barista School at 200 Degrees Review

A few weeks ago, I received an invite to check out the barista school at 200 degrees coffee shop in Birmingham with a couple of fellow bloggers. I love coffee, but I'm more of an instant coffee type of girl. Although I like to have the occasional cappuccino, latte and frappuchino at a coffee shop, I'm not one to visit coffee shops several times a week. As much as I love coffee, I know very little in the art of making a proper coffee using ground beans. So when I received the invite, I had to take the offer so I can go back to a classroom and learn all I need to know on how to make the perfect barista.

First thing is 200 Degrees is an independent coffee shop with a few shops across the Midlands. The shop that I visited was located on Colmore Row, in the heart of Birmingham. 200 Degrees have two floors, the first floor is where you can buy luscious coffee and lunch, on the ground floor is where they host the barsita class. The barista class is held once a month and is held in a light and airy room.

The knowledgeable teacher for the barista class was Alex who expertly taught myself and other keen bloggers the art of making barista. Also part of the class is learning all about the history of coffee, where in the world coffee is made, the process it goes through before it becomes much loved coffee beans and arrives in the UK. I found the information about the history of coffee informative, yet relaxed, knowledgeable and Alex expertly  answered all our many questions.

After our coffee lesson, we got to sample the coffee that is made on the professional coffee machines which cost a whopping £3,000. The bloggers first learnt all about the difference between a good and bad espresso. After we were taught about the importance of collaboration of water and crushing the coffee beans when making an espresso, I was given the opportunity to make my own espresso. Now, having never crushed my own coffee beans before, I initially struggled with using the coffee machine  I certainly didn't have the nack initially. However, once I realised how to do this, I was making several espressos - they were strong but good.

Following our successful go at making an espresso, we began to make lattes.

After we learnt how to make lattes, the group settled with a luscious light lunch. I must say the sandwiches and cakes were absolutely delicious.

Have I tempted you enough to treat yourself to a barista class? If so, check out 200 Degree Barista Schools website where you can book and learn how to be a master barista. 

Disclaimer: I was invited to check out the barista class from 200 Degrees. All opinions are my own. 

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