Summer School with Heather

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Seriously, folks: I’m not a barista, but if I were, I would want Heather Perry kicking my ass into being all I could be. This woman means business: I actually think I would hire her to kick my butt about getting better at anything (watch out, Cole)—she’s a fighter, she’s a winner, and she expects big things from the people she spends time with.

Heather Perry is one of the best barista trainers in the biz: she has trained loads of barista competitors and has seen amazing results.

Heather Perry is one of the best barista trainers in the biz: she has trained loads of barista competitors and has seen amazing results.

Heather was the United States Barista Champion in 2003 and 2007, and when she came in 2nd in the World Barista Championship (WBC) in 2007, she achieved the highest ranking an American had ever reached. Though two Americans have won the WBC since then—including reigning champ, Heather’s dear friend Pete Licata—Heather still holds the record for highest ranking woman in the WBC competition.

She's tough, man: Heather will make you work hard. But you'll become a better—much better—barista for it.

She’s tough, man: Heather will make you work hard. But you’ll become a better—much better—barista for it.

Get it? This is why you should seriously consider letting her kick your ass as your barista trainer.

Heather offers regular classes through her family’s company, Klatch Coffee, in Southern California. But folks: if you want some Heather time, don’t delay: she’ll be taking some time off to have her second child in November, so who knows when she’ll be offering these training classes again!

Here’s a description of the classes:

Trainings will be held at the Upland Roaster, 1848 W 11th St Suite A, Upland, CA 91786, Tel # (909) 981-4031 

Latte Art – $245 / August 23
If you want to get in touch with your inner barista, latte art is a critical skill needed. In this class, we will go over milk streaming techniques and tricks in making consistently beautiful heart and rosetta latte art. This class is specifically geared to teach how to free-pore latte art, which means an intense hands-on class. This session starts at 9am and wraps up at 12pm.
If you don't want to share your Heather time, she's available for one-on-one consulting and training.

If you don’t want to share your Heather time, she’s available for one-on-one consulting and training.

One-Day Barista Training – $495 / August 16
Training sessions include lectures and demonstrations followed by hands-on practice. Our small class structure insures a personalized experience.

One Day Barista Training covers the basics of espresso extraction and milk steaming. Students will learn proper extraction techniques, milk steaming techniques and latte art. Also focuses on equipment overview and maintenance. In other words, our one day class covers all the basics:

Overview:

  • Introduction to Equipment
  • Espresso Step by Step
  • Grind Adjustment
  • How to Taste
  • Milk Preparation
  • Latte Art
  • Machine Maintenance

Space is extremely limited so sign up early.

Training sessions with Heather are kept small—tiny even—so students get lots of one-on-one attention.

Training sessions with Heather are kept small—tiny even—so students get lots of one-on-one attention.

Three-Day Barista Training – $1,295 – August 6-8

Training sessions include lectures and demonstrations followed by hands-on practice. Our small class structure insures a personalized environment, providing the best quality of learning experience.

Our Three Day Training will start with the basics of espresso extraction and milk steaming, and will move on to explore more advanced techniques. Other topics to be covered include palate development through single origin espresso and a traditional cupping, advanced latte art techniques, drink building recipes, training strategies, and most importantly, maintaining consistency throughout.

Our three day class covers coffee literally from seed to cup:

  • Introduction to Equipment
  • Espresso Step by Step
  • Grind Adjustment
  • How to Taste
  • Milk Preparation
  • Latte Art
  • Machine Maintenance
  • Advanced Dosing and Tamping Techniques
  • Single Origin Espresso
  • Advanced Latte Art Techniques
  • Seed to Cup Presentation
  • Brewing Techniques
  • Cupping
  • Drink Building and Recipes
  • Blended Drinks Building

Space is extremely limited so sign up early.

Two-time United States Barista Champion, Heather holds the record for the highest achieving female barista in the World Barista Championship.

Two-time United States Barista Champion, Heather holds the record for the highest achieving female barista in the World Barista Championship.

Private Training with Heather Perry – $1,250 – Contact to set up an appointment.

Looking to learn how to improve your skills, or build a quality brand? Let the two-time Barista champion, Heather Perry teach you her secrets to success!

Training sessions include lectures and demonstrations followed by hands-on practice. Our private training insures a personalized experience led by award-winning barista professional, Heather Perry, who is a certified SCAA instructor and examiner and operates successful retail coffee shops.

We will begin with the basics of espresso extraction and milk steaming, and will move on to explore more advanced techniques. Other topics to be covered include palate development through single origin espresso and a traditional cupping, advanced latte art techniques, drink building recipes, training strategies, and most importantly, maintaining consistency throughout.

The class is completely customizable and can include the following:

  • Espresso basics
  • Advanced espresso
  • Milk and latte art basics
  • Advanced milk and latter art
  • Espresso blend development
  • Palate development
  • Development of training strategies
  • Competition training

About the Author

Sarah

Sarah Allen is co-founder and editor of Barista Magazine, the international trade magazine for coffee professionals. A passionate advocate for baristas, quality, and the coffee community, Sarah has traveled widely to research stories, interact with readers, and present on a variety of topics affecting specialty coffee. She also loves animals, swimming, ice cream, and living in Portland, Oregon.