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    Commercial Upskilling

    Gene Cafe Coffee Roaster $850 - Free Beans Free Freight
    So, after quite a few years playing at home barista Im looking at what training I might be able to do to gain the right skills to get a job as a real one.

    Im in Brisbane and have been using a small HX machine for the past 4 years (Giotto Premium) paired with a Mazzer Mini and prior to that a bottom of the line SunBeam for another 4 years. *Ive been home roasting since January and really love what I can get out of my equipment these days. *I have friends who prefer my place to any commercial coffee they have found locally (most probably just stroking my ego, but its nice of them to say).

    My rosettas are pretty good about 70-80% of the time, I have a pretty good understanding of grind settings, shot length and at the very least, basic machine adjustment. *I have no experience on larger HX machines or any DB machines or anything with more than a single group. *(i.e. I think I need to learn/practise milk texturing on a stronger steaming machine).

    Sooooo... can anybody point me at suitable courses in Brisbane that are not so basic that I could probably give the course myself, but will also extend my skillset, point me in the right directions perhaps filling in any blanks and give me the confidence to move forward?

    Id also like to get more into commercial roasting and blending. *Ive been seriously home roasting since January on a HotTop (great mini roaster) and have a couple of friends helping lower my stock levels. *Any suggestions on where to start or go to move up from here?

    cheers,
    James

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    Re: Commercial Upskilling

    What are your objectives? I ask because your objectives will influence the answers. Are you trying to open your own roastery?

    If you have solid fundamentals, you would probably get the best bang for your buck in improving your skills by doing some work at a cafe and focussing on speed. If you contact Veneziano in Brisbane, they might be happy to put you on the machine for a few hours.

    If you want really serious, high level commercial roasting instruction, my understanding is that many pro roasters believe that it is necessary to book an international flight. Yeah, its a pile of $$$, but note that a lot of the best roasters in Australia have done it. Other than that, the most important things to do would be to roast, tweak and taste a lot of things head-to-head, as well as tasting offerings from other roasteries extensively.

    Hope that helps,

    Luca

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    Re: Commercial Upskilling

    My objectives at the moment are to primarily get back to work doing something I love but different to my professional history (information security/computer security) for change of pace and see how that pans out.

    I guess I have a problem in being a perfectionist that I would always be wanting to produce the best quality possible which to me means having a concrete understanding of the entire process and the practice of using it.

    At the moment, I am looking at improving my barista skills to a very high level and start to learn more about taste and roasting/blending to be useful to a specialty roaster.

    Thanks for your suggestions Luca.

    cheers,
    James

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    Re: Commercial Upskilling

    Hi James,

    Maybe you should consider just looking for a job at a decent roastery with a retail front/cafe? Thats what I did, and I can tell you that I learnt more from that than from anything else that I have done in coffee.

    People in the coffee industry tend to be amongst the nicest and most welcoming that youll find anywhere. If you contact some roasters, you might not necessarily come away with a job, but you will probably at least open some doors to learn more about what they do.

    Cheers,

    Luca

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    Re: Commercial Upskilling

    Where abouts in Brisbane are you? North/South?

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    Western Suburbs (Jindalee)

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    Behmor Brazen - $249 - Free Freight
    sorry, i know nothing about cafes out that way.



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