The coffee industry has been in existence for many decades. Many coffee shops have arisen from humble origins to that of industrial machines that help keep up with the demands of its customers. However, the people who enjoy coffee the most are those who have increased in wisdom about the facets involved in making a delightful coffee drink. Starting with the essentials, here are some educational ideas that may be presented in a series of customer-oriented workshops at a local coffee shop.
- Water: purification; minerals and additives; mechanical, biological, and chemical filtration; ideal brewing temperature
- Coffee beans: region of origin; coarse to fine grinds; light to dark roasts; sensual notes; freshness
- Grinders: blade vs. burr; electric vs. manual; mortar and pestle
- Brewers: Manual such as pour-over, French press, Turkish-style pot, Moka pot, and cold-coffee brewer. A machine such as a drip-coffee maker, espresso machine with milk steamer; coffee to water ratios
- Condiments: different milk percentages; milk with cream; sweetener such as packaged envelopes and natural; added flavors
- Containers: coffee beans and grounds; brewed coffee drink; drinking cup or mug; water kettle or pitcher
- Accessories: filter-media fabric, paper, plastic, and metal; strainers; measuring spoons; measuring scales; measuring cup
In closing, coffee workshops are a great way to heighten the enthusiasm of coffee drinkers and further their appreciation for a delightful coffee drink. Although these are a few ideas, they can be developed as profound as the attending audience is willing to embrace them. Consequently, it may raise the credibility of the coffee shop, increase return customers, and escort the local coffee community into greater maturity in their wisdom of coffee.
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