Any tips for someone who wants to be a barista, but has no experience?!

Question: Any tips for someone who wants to be a barista, but has no experience!?
i want to work for a coffee shop, but im afraid they won't hire me because i have no experience with making drinks!.!.!.and i know very little about the differences in drinks!.!.!.for example which drinks have more milk, steamed milk, or which drink has more expresso!.!.!. AND WHAT THE H IS CHAI!?

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you don't really need experience, they will train you!. really it's so easy a trained monkey will do it!. they will train you how to work the espresso machine, which will either be a manual or automatic, and steam milk!. i've used both a manual and automatic machine over the years i've worked in coffee shops and both are very easy to use the superautomatic is just faster!. then they will train you how to make drinks!.

the basic elements to most espresso drinks are milk foam

a latte is an espresso shot (or shots), steamed milk, and a little bit of foam on top!.

a cappuccino is espresso a little steamed milk and a lot of foam!. traditionally cappuccinos are 6 oz with 1-1-1 ratio of milk foam and espresso!. but us americans love our milk so typically in an american coffee shop there will be much more milk and foam!.

chai is a spiced black tea often served as a latte with steamed milk!.

a macchiato is espresso with just a little bit of foam on top!.

an americano is espresso shots and hot water!.Www@FoodAQ@Com

Chai is: Chai from India is a spiced milk tea that has become increasingly popular throughout the world!. It is generally made up of:

? rich black tea
? heavy milk
? a combination of various spices
? a sweetener
The spices used vary from region to region and among households in India!. The most common are cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and pepper!. Indian chai produces a warming, soothing effect, acts as a natural digestive aid and gives one a wonderful sense of well being!.

If you want to become a barista look on craigslist or in your local newspaper for small coffee shops that do not require experience or try Starbucks as I am pretty sure they train you and they are a great company to work for at least that is what I have heard!. Another thing that you could do to bump up your skills pick up a cheep small expresso machine and coffee maker get some recipies off the internet and practice!. I am sure if you let your potential employer know you were that interested and dedicated to wanting to learn the art you will get a job!. Good Luck!Www@FoodAQ@Com

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Haha I can help you!. I am almost a career barista!. The drinks are easy to get the hang of!. What you must know are these simple few drinks, and everything else is about which flavors to add!.

1!. Latte - the latte is 2 shots espresso, steamed milk (140 degrees), and a dollop of froth on top!. This is usually called a Latte Machiatto!. machiatto means Marked With Foam!.

2!. Cappuccino - the cappuccino is 2 shots espresso, the rest of the cup is about 1/2 steamed milk and 1/2 milk froth!. the milk froth at the top insulates the drink and adds a distinct flavor with each sip!. Plus, if you mix cinnamon in, it makes a nice flavor!.

3!. Cafe Au Lait - This is 2/3 regular coffee, 1/3 steamed milk!.

4!. Breve - This is a prefix used before the 3 drinks above!. This means you replace milk with half and half!.

5!. Chai - chai has been messed around with in coffee shops!. Real chai is black tea boiled with cinnamon and cloves and many other spices!. In coffee shops, chai tea is a light brown powder that you mix with hot milk!.

Oh an Mocha means chocolate!.Www@FoodAQ@Com

i worked in a coffee shop and i didn't know anything how to make coffee or which drinks had what and they trained me and taught me all of those things!. it just takes a little bit of memorization and practice!. chai is a tea!.Www@FoodAQ@Com

They may train you on the job!. If not, there are Barista courses one can take!. Seriously!.Www@FoodAQ@Com

Avid coffee fan!.Www@FoodAQ@Com

JUst work at a strip club and serve drinks!.Www@FoodAQ@Com

If you go to most coffee shops like Starbucks, they will train you!. You won't be making any drinks your first day on the job!. A small coffee shop will probably give you better training than major chains!.

Coffee drinks:

1) Straight espresso: The base for most coffee drinks!. It's made with an espresso machine that takes about 15 grams of compressed coffee and forces water through it so you have a 2 oz shot in less than 30 seconds!. If not done exactly right (huge variations in beans, roast, grind, compression & time), it tastes horrible!. If done right, it's a little sip of heaven!.

Various names: Ristretto (short shot - 3/4 oz), Single (1 oz shot), Lungo (long shot - 1!.5 oz), and Double (2 oz - what's usually used in coffee drinks)

2) Americano: A shot of espresso + hot water to make a regular coffee

3) Espresso Macchiato: Macchiato ("marked" in Italian) is a shot of espresso marked with a small amount of foam spooned on top!.

4) Espresso Con Panna: Like a Macchiato, except with whipped cream instead of foam!.

5) Cappuccino: A real Cappuccino is just espresso with steamed milk poured over without holding back the foam!. Most coffee shops make it with equal amounts of milk, foam, and espresso!. It should be smooth & velvety, not with a mount of foam on top!.

6)Caffe Latte: A single shot of espresso in a 6-8 oz cup, fill to 75% full with steamed milk (hold back the foam), then top with foam (this is where you attempt the artsy designs)!. In Italy, asking for a "Latte" will get you a hot milk, so don't forget the Caffe part!.

7)Caffe Mocha: Pretty much a Caffe Latte, but with a shot of chocolate syrup added before the steamed milk!.

You can make endless variations with flavored syrups (I don't touch them)!. It helps if you like coffee, it will make it easier to get into it & learn!.

As far as Chai; It is just plain tea in India!. What everyone calls "Chai" here is actually Masala chai or spiced tea!. If you ask for Chai tea in India, you are actually asking for Tea Tea & will get some strange looks!.Www@FoodAQ@Com


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