Craving a latte just like the baristas make it in your favorite coffee shop? If only you had the skills …

While you’re sitting around your house during the coronavirus, staying home to stop community spread, you’ve probably decided a quarantine hobby might be a good idea. If you’re a coffee lover, we’d suggest this one from Charlotte-based Coffee Roaster Pure Intentions Coffee might be a great idea.

The local roaster has launched “Skills Campus Online,” with live and interactive classes that will dive into espresso, latte art and coffee origins. The 90-minute classes will be taught by Pure Intentions’ resident coffee expert and authorized Specialty Coffee Association trainer, Brady Butler.

“The stay-at-home order has challenged us to change our previous model of in-person education to meet people where they are: at home,” Pure Intentions Founder Matt Yarmey told CharlotteFive. “The Skills Campus Online is a transition of education as one of our core values to continue providing learning opportunities during challenging times; we needed to adapt to maintain a focus on it and give people a way to learn in a new way. We know that online classes are attractive now and will continue to be in the future as people adapt to a more digital lifestyle.”

You don’t have to be a coffee snob to sign up — classes are offered for anyone who is interested to learn more. They cost $30 each or you can splurge for the bundles that include coffee, private sessions and more.

Check out the schedule below for details:

PURE INTENTIONS SKILLS CAMPUS ONLINE SCHEDULE:

SEED-TO-CUP EXPLORATION

April 29, May 6 at 2 p.m.

Per Pure Intentions: Explore coffee’s long and fascinating seed-to-cup journey in this 90-minute online webinar. We’ll learn how to critically taste coffee, take a closer look at the farms where coffee is grown, see how flavors are developed during roasting, and discuss popular preparation methods. Along the way, we’ll also discuss how each step of this journey impacts the flavor in your cup. This course includes time for answering questions and debunking common misconceptions.

HOME ESPRESSO ESSENTIALS

April 30 at 10 a.m.

Per Pure Intentions: This 90-minute webinar introduces the essential skills required to properly prepare an espresso using a home or commercial espresso machine. This interactive course includes in-depth demonstrations of the Specialty Coffee Association’s recommended barista routine, our recommended espresso grinder adjustment method and basic espresso machine cleaning.

MILK STEAMING ESSENTIALS

April 30 at 2 p.m.

Per Pure Intentions: This 90-minute webinar introduces the essential skills required to properly steam milk and prepare a variety of espresso beverages. This interactive course includes in-depth demonstrations of our recommended milk steaming process, key aspects of dairy and plant-based milks, and recommended drink recipes and assembly sequence.

COFFEE BREWING ESSENTIALS

May 1, 2 and 7 at 10 a.m.

Per Pure Intentions: This 90-minute online webinar introduces the art and science of brewing coffee. We’ll discuss the essential elements of good brewing, then watch how they are applied using popular home brewing devices.

EXPLORING GRAVITY BREWING

May 8 at 10 a.m.

Per Pure Intentions: This 90-minute online webinar explores the art and science of brewing coffee using gravity drip brewing devices. We build on fundamentals learned in our Coffee Brewing Essentials class, examining how small details of brewing techniques can affect the finished results using popular brewing devices including Hario v60, Kalita Wave, Chemex and automatic drip brewers.

 

original article via Charlotte Five