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Is there such a thing as an espresso/barista/coffee class you can take?

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Is there such a thing as an espresso/barista/coffee class you can take?

olynyk | May 22, 2013 12:14 PM

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.

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