I'm looking for a beginner-level class that will cover: how to properly grind coffee and pull a great shot of espresso! Something that is maybe 3–6 hours long would be ideal. I am located in Somerville but anything in the Boston area would work.
Has anybody had any experience with Coffee Solutions (coffeesolutions.net) in Hopedale? It's a bit of a hike, but apparently they sporadically have beginner classes. Their bread-and-butter seems to be more advanced classes (for cafe owners, etc.).
The reason I'm thinking of this is that I plan to get my wife a new espresso machine and burr grinder for her birthday. I'm a drip coffee drinker but she makes espresso every morning, and our four-year-old Cuisinart EM-100 is on its last legs. (The pump is weak and getting weaker by the day.)
Also, we've been using a blade grinder and I understand that going to a burr grinder is the only way to get any kind of real quality espresso at home.
I thought that a class we could take together to get the most out of the new machine might be a nice addition to the gift.
Any suggestions are appreciated! Thanks.