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Barista ethics, principles and practice

After working as a barista in various places since our return to the Netherlands in July 2019, I’ve learned that the coffee business is vastly better here than on Sint Maarten. The beans, the machines and the skills of the baristas working there are much better than there.

But what’s surprised me the most is that most places stopped after buying better quality beans or investing in a good machine.

Many places shamelessly use the same beans for espresso as well as “gewone koffie”, the historical Dutch name for normal coffee meaning filter coffee that our parents and grandparents used to make.

Some establishments use at least a different grinder when making “koffie”. But they opt using the same espresso machine because it’s there, so the “koffie” is most often approximated by a lungo.

A few use both a different bean as well as a separate grinder. A conscious decision. But I fail to understand why you don’t simply make “koffie” using a filter method?! After all, if it is about the money, and I think it is, then the math of making a liter of coffee from 57-63g of ground coffee is always better than turning 17-19g of the same coffee into 50ml of espresso or 90-100ml of “koffie”. Right?

And if you decide to use different beans for espresso and “koffie”, because of flavor I assume, then how come you don’t use different beans for cappuccino? After all, roughly 70% of coffee drinks sold in the Netherlands are “white coffees” aka milk-based coffees such as flat white, cappuccino, latte macchiato and large lattes.

I’m often disappointed by what I find in espresso bars during my Temper shifts. Large 3 group machines supplied by a caterer and left to more and more careless baristas who’s level of care and quality goes down by the month when management is not present, training is no longer provided and customers don’t know better.

Granted, many people working as barista are students either during the studies or directly after, earning money for leisure time, travel plans or settling down. They learn on the job while doing it and some of them are truly gifted and highly skilled by intuition. Nothing wrong with that. But as soon as they leave, and there’s always a better laying barista position coming next month – turnover is a bitch – knowledge is drained and whoever is left in charge has to pick up the slack. But pay is low, pressure is high and people don’t seem to care or know.

I’ve been searching for a better place to make excellent coffee now for 2 months and every place that I’ve talked to is stuck to bean contracts, doesn’t want to invest anything further and can’t train the people with SCA courses.

Well you can’t have it both ways! You want cheap high quality coffee fast, but you only pick two at any time. Not three. Skilled baristas cost more, care for the equipment, as well as customers. They know how to tweak the machine on a daily or even hourly basis to result in the best quality coffee.

Nothing makes a barista more happy than a great clean machine, new grinder or a kilo of fantastic beans to try out. Reward staff with perks, not salary. The effect is the same, if they truly love their jobs. Hire a legendary barista or roaster to give a workshop and spark their interest again, relight that fire (no, don’t go there!) and give the team a new boost of energy.

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Coffee Culture in Bussum en Naarden

Update: per 1 december werk ik niet meer voor Coffee Culture. We zagen er beide geen toekomst in. Dan heeft verder gaan geen zin.

Deze maand werk ik al weer voor het laatst bij Coffee Cabana in Utrecht. De drie maanden opstarten zitten er al weer op. Ik weet zeker dat het een succes zal worden want het concept is erg uniek in Nederland: een koffiebar met een Braziliaanse twist. Tapiocas, pão-de-queijo, cakes, natuurlijke vruchtensappen zonder toevoegingen uit Brazilie, biologische thee en limonades, acai bowls en meer. Binnenkort ook met bier en wijntjes dus bij uitstek geschikt voor borrels uit de hele buurt.

Ik ben blij dat ik Coffee Cabana heb kunnen helpen met de opzet van de lunchroom, in zoverre dat ik natuurlijk niks anders heb gedaan dan goede koffies maken! Hierdoor kon Galit zich zoveel mogelijk richten op de rest van de zaak en alles wat daarbij komt kijken. Tussendoor heb ik mijn kennis van de horecakeuken kunnen inzetten bij het aanscherpen van de menukaart voor belegde broodjes en de mise-en-place daarvan.

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Coffee Culture

Ik heb weer een hoop geleerd over wat er komt kijken bij een eigen zaak en ben klaar voor een volgende stap op weg naar de Dutch Barista Championships 2020! Vanaf november ga ik werken bij Coffee Culture in Bussum en Naarden! Dat is vlakbij en hoogstens 15 minuten fietsen voor me. Aangezien er in december een 2e kleine aankomt is het verkorten van de reistijden heel erg gewenst.

Coffee Culture

Vrijdag 1 november begin ik op het station van Naarden-Bussum en zaterdag 2 november op locatie in Naarden Vesting! Kom gezellig langs! Hierna zal ik een beetje zweven tussen de locaties in Bussum en Naarden, dus wil je mij zien en spreken, check het dan even van tevoren met mij via WhatsApp.

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Sociale Hygiëne geslaagd

Zojuist online vernomen dat ik 37/40 vragen van het examen sociale hygiëne van maandag 7 oktober j.l. in Amsterdam goed heb. Daarmee is de voorlopige uitslag dat ik geslaagd ben!

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Sociale hygiëne examentheorie

Dus nu ben ik bevoegd om namens een eigenaar of leidinggevende van een horecabedrijf achter de bar te staan, als bartender en/of barista. Helaas dat barista zijn ook vaak bartender zijn inhoudt, maar heel erg is het ook niet. Het ene kan goed in het andere overgaan. En als Sommelier opent dat ook weer deuren, achter de bar staan.

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Officially Registered “No Pressure Coffee”

No Pressure Coffee is now an official one-man company and registered at the chamber of commerce in Utrecht.

My KvK number, for tax purposes is 75493039.

So I’m available for all your short or long term shifts, projects or events! Use my contact page to get in touch with me.

I’m also on several modern temp and traditional job sites or services. You can find me on:

Look forward to hearing about your coffee business, your plans or your dream! I’d be happy to help any way I can!

Checkout my certificates as well as my services. I have been a member of the SCA since 2018.

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Out with the old, in with the new

Tickets are set, container has been shipped off already, apartment in the Netherlands arranged.

We leave in three weeks and will be back home by the end of Spring.

I’m selling most of my barista equipment because I can’t use it on 230V or 50Hz or both. Check Facebook and Instagram for good deals.

If you are a coffee house or catering company in Amsterdam, Utrecht or Amersfoort (of anywhere in between) and you are looking for a skilled (head) barista to cover shifts during the Summer, please get in touch with me using the contact form on this site.

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Barista Christian Peper on island92 radio

I had an interview with the famous Dr Soc of island92 radio last Monday. We talked about coffee in general and what you can do on the island of St Maarten make a better “cup ‘o joe” in the morning.

Summary:

No matter what ground coffee you are using on Sint Maarten, use a filter coffee maker and

  1. use Volvic (bottled) water
  2. boil the water and let it cool a minute or two
  3. pick a spoon to measure the ground coffee and always use the same exact one!
  4. use between 50 and 65 gram ground coffee per liter of water.
    I recommend starting with 30 gr for 500 ml and see how that tastes.

    • If too bitter: use less coffee, for instance 27.5 gram for 500 ml
    • If too bland: use more coffee, for instance 32.5 gram per 500 ml
  5. pour a little bit of the water onto the grounds and let the coffee “bloom” for 30 sec
  6. pour the rest of the coffee not taking more than 3 minutes for all the water to seep through
  7. let it cool a little bit before drinking

Enjoy!

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Double Dutch Café enriches Market Garden supermarket

Daily Herald of Sint Maarten features a new article that explores the supermarket Market Garden in Simpson Bay. The store management has created a whole range of healthy ready to eat products around the Double Dutch Café where Christian Peper from No Pressure Coffee is Head Barista.

The cafe provides a low threshold factor to enter the store for a cup of excellent coffee and then tries to entice you to try and buy something from a whole range of food and drinks.