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    Sydney TAFE Espresso course

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    I have signed up for a Espresso course on Sydney TAFE. (STATEMENT OF ATTAINMENT IN ESPRESSO COFFEE SKILLS). It is three Saturdays, 6 hours each day. It starts this Saturday and I am quite excited. Not that I ever plan to work in that field it is more for my own development as an espresso maker.

    If you are interested I can keep you up to date with whats going on there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mipl View Post
    Hi

    I have signed up for a Espresso course on Sydney TAFE. (STATEMENT OF ATTAINMENT IN ESPRESSO COFFEE SKILLS). It is three Saturdays, 6 hours each day. It starts this Saturday and I am quite excited. Not that I ever plan to work in that field it is more for my own development as an espresso maker.

    If you are interested I can keep you up to date with whats going on there.
    Ah cool, have fun! Yeah I'd love to hear how it goes, and what they teach distribution-wise

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    Quote Originally Posted by simonsk8r View Post
    Ah cool, have fun! Yeah I'd love to hear how it goes, and what they teach distribution-wise
    Did my first day of the course. After some difficulties to find the building and room the course is taking place in I finally made it. First activity was filling out some forms as you would expect. I didn't count but I think there are about 12 - 15 people in the course. I reckon mostly students who are looking for work in cafes. The first half of the day the subject was Food Safety and Hygiene. This I assume is a prerequisite certification to work in commercial hospitality. Second half was actually making coffees: Espresso, Long Black, Cappuccino, Latte, Ristretto Piccolo Latte, Flat White and Mocha. After shown each reach recipe by the instructor we then had the chance to try it ourselves. There were 3 commercial machines with 3 groups each available. I had a lot of difficulties at the beginning to pull a proper shot because being unfamiliar with the equipment. After a number of unsuccessful attempts I managed to get usable results. not something that you would actually sell aor really enjoy yourself but usable for the purpase of the receipes
    So next week we will finish off with the Food Safety and Hygiene learn more about coffee (regions, processing, roasting) and get more into the coffee making. In order to get the certification you will need to prepare 10 espresso based coffees in a commercially acceptable quality.

    So far I am enjoying the course, it is good fun. It gets a bit busy at times with only 9 groups and 6 steam wands for the number of students but taking into account the whole course is only 50 bucks it well worth it.

    And Simonsk8r, the instructor just tapped the group handle on the site a few times to distribute the ground coffee.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mipl View Post
    So far I am enjoying the course, it is good fun. It gets a bit busy at times with only 9 groups and 6 steam wands for the number of students but taking into account the whole course is only 50 bucks it well worth it.

    And Simonsk8r, the instructor just tapped the group handle on the site a few times to distribute the ground coffee.
    Pleased to hear your enjoying the course mipl.

    As far as distribution is concerned, a few taps on the sides of the PF is all it takes, I use the top of my tamper handle, it has a Delrin insert designed for the purpose.

    Reg (Barber) originally added the inlayed Delrin crown to prevent damage to your equipment from tapping the sides of the porta-filter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mipl View Post
    Did my first day of the course. After some difficulties to find the building and room the course is taking place in I finally made it. First activity was filling out some forms as you would expect. I didn't count but I think there are about 12 - 15 people in the course. I reckon mostly students who are looking for work in cafes. The first half of the day the subject was Food Safety and Hygiene. This I assume is a prerequisite certification to work in commercial hospitality. Second half was actually making coffees: Espresso, Long Black, Cappuccino, Latte, Ristretto Piccolo Latte, Flat White and Mocha. After shown each reach recipe by the instructor we then had the chance to try it ourselves. There were 3 commercial machines with 3 groups each available. I had a lot of difficulties at the beginning to pull a proper shot because being unfamiliar with the equipment. After a number of unsuccessful attempts I managed to get usable results. not something that you would actually sell aor really enjoy yourself but usable for the purpase of the receipes
    So next week we will finish off with the Food Safety and Hygiene learn more about coffee (regions, processing, roasting) and get more into the coffee making. In order to get the certification you will need to prepare 10 espresso based coffees in a commercially acceptable quality.

    So far I am enjoying the course, it is good fun. It gets a bit busy at times with only 9 groups and 6 steam wands for the number of students but taking into account the whole course is only 50 bucks it well worth it.

    And Simonsk8r, the instructor just tapped the group handle on the site a few times to distribute the ground coffee.
    Ah that's awesome, can't believe it's only $50, I'd do that if it were around for that much! But sounds like a really thorough, comprehensive course.
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    Pleased to hear your enjoying the course mipl.

    As far as distribution is concerned, a few taps on the sides of the PF is all it takes, I use the top of my tamper handle, it has a Delrin insert designed for the purpose.

    Reg (Barber) originally added the inlayed Delrin crown to prevent damage to your equipment from tapping the sides of the porta-filter.
    Yeah, don't know why the topic of distribution keeps coming back to me, just so much stuff out there saying do this do that, don't do this and that etc, so much confusion as to what's an optimal approach. But I for one am leaning towards a simpler approach for sure

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    Quote Originally Posted by simonsk8r View Post
    Ah that's awesome, can't believe it's only $50, I'd do that if it were around for that much! But sounds like a really thorough, comprehensive course.Yeah, don't know why the topic of distribution keeps coming back to me, just so much stuff out there saying do this do that, don't do this and that etc, so much confusion as to what's an optimal approach. But I for one am leaning towards a simpler approach for sure
    The price is actually the reason why I have signed up :-). I was looking for courses mainly to improve my dosing skills. If you look for Barista courses in Sydney they are $150 to $200 for 5 hours, When I saw this one, 3x6 hours for $50 I thought I cannot go wrong.
    I am not sure if I will improve my dosing skills but I can say I have already done coffee recipes that I have never done before :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by mipl View Post
    I am not sure if I will improve my dosing skills but I can say I have already done coffee recipes that I have never done before :-)

    Mike
    If you are interested, this is a link to the official unit description:

    https://training.gov.au/Training/Details/SITHFAB005

    and this is the link to the course (next start)

    https://www.tafensw.edu.au/offering/...Coffee-Skills-


    Mike

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    Quote Originally Posted by mipl View Post
    If you are interested, this is a link to the official unit description:

    https://training.gov.au/Training/Details/SITHFAB005

    and this is the link to the course (next start)

    https://www.tafensw.edu.au/offering/...Coffee-Skills-


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    Ah thanks mate, in Victoria though but appreciate it . Have had a lot of training over the years, but thought would be good to check out an official certified course

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    I am sure you will find a SITHFAB005 course in Victoria as well

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    Looks to be great value, I might put my name down for the August/September intake.

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    Behmor Brazen - $249 - Free Freight
    Great find Mipl, pricing reminds me of when Tafe used to be good value, seems it is again.

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