How great would it be if you knew how to crank out those pretty foam hearts on the tops of your homemade espressos? Or if you made coffee so good, you’d never be tempted to stand in line at Starbucks when you’re already 20 minutes late to work?
You don’t have to be a real barista to steam milk like a pro. All you have to do is get schooled by one.
Once a month, local roaster Intelligentsia holds its open-to-the-public Barista Training for the Espresso Enthusiast class ($200) at the company’s headquarters in Fulton Market.
You’ll kick off the afternoon at 1 p.m. with an educational tour of the building, during which you’ll hear about how coffee is sourced and roasted. (For coffee snobs, this is like Dorothy gaining access to Oz.)
After that, you and your seven classmates will use Intelligentsia’s beautiful commercial espresso machines--it’ll be tough to go home to your Alessi after this--during a three-hour course that covers the basics of espresso preparation and milk steaming.
You’ll learn to use tools like timers and scales to get consistent and accurate results--and why a great grinder can be as important as the espresso machine itself.
Just wait--it’s gonna be bliss at first sip.
Next class is on February 16; March date will be announced soon. Intelligentsia Coffee Chicago Roasting Works, 1850 W. Fulton St.; 312-563-0023 or intelligentsiacoffee.com