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How good is your Barista?

01 Sep 2015

There’s a whole latte love that goes into making the right coffee and whether you’re a hard-core Americano drinker who likes coffee strong or if you’d rather enjoy the warm smoothness of a Cappuccino, either way your tastebuds will realise just how blissful a beverage well done can be. Even caffeine addicts will notice when their fourth hit for the day didn’t taste as good as their first, and so we figure it comes down to a few things like the art of coffee making itself, your Barista and their product, and of course - you. Here, we let you in on our Top 5 Tips for how to tell when your coffee is good.

1. The Aroma

A good coffee will be kind and it won’t make you feel guilty even if you spend a fine portion of your weekly budget on buying two or three a day, because it just smells so good that you have no choice but to embrace its tenderness. Before you taste it, it’s the smell that should first compel you. If done correctly, you’ll recognise the aroma, both gentle and exquisite, of a coffee properly grounded and culminated to perfection.

2. The Temperature

Go hot or go home, well...not too hot. The right temperature should be in-between partially cold and partially hot - it should be warm. A great indicator for knowing it’s the ideal temperature is by feeling your cup as soon as it’s ready and if it is the right temperature, your hands won’t feel like they’re going to burn or that you can’t feel any temperature because all you feel is the cup. But instead, your coffee should pleasantly warm your hands and after the first sip, you’ll know it will last long enough for you to enjoy it.

3. The Texture and Balance

Tasting your coffee and realising there’s too much coffee and not enough milk or too much milk and not enough coffee is very disappointing. While you may not be able to articulate where it went wrong, you just know that it’s not what it should be or in other terms, “you’ve had better”. This comes down to the texture which is absolutely essential in the making process of any type of coffee where the weight should be perfectly balanced to meet the requirements for each. Not having the right texture and balance is where your order goes wrong, which is probably why that skim cappuccino you ordered probably tasted more like that instant coffee you made at home and when you’re buying, no one wants to pay for something they can make better themselves. Here, it really does help to compare.

4. The Initial and Aftertaste

Determining an exquisite initial taste is hard to do because each coffee drinker will enjoy their order slightly different to the next but basically a great initial taste truly is, simply a “hug in a mug”. Initially, you should feel pleasant and calm as a good coffee will put your mind at ease at the same time as helping you to keep productive. Although a bad aftertaste is much easier to recognise because you shouldn’t feel a bitter taste lingering in your throat or a disturbance in your stomach, but you should instead feel satisfied enough to want another one sooner or later.

5. The Art

Depending on whether you take-away or dine in, you may not notice the beautifully delicate coffee art on your next latte. But if you happen to notice, coffee art is a true sign of brilliance in your barista. Coffee art takes much practice until perfection, and demonstrates an upper level of expertise in the art of coffee making.

And to consume such a delicacy, visit the award winning Bar 9 Central crew for the coffee that will have you hooked from your first sip. Find them on the lower ground floor.