Barista technique and Trading

channelingA busy Monday , at the non trading side, a tired Tuesday, and not so impressive Wednesday these sum up half of my week. I am not writing this post to tell you how were my days going, I don’t see a point of doing so. I have passed that stage.

Anyway, here is my infamous coffee thought of the day.

I start my day with a cup of coffee, everyday. A cup of freshly ground, and brew Espresso or Long Black is essential. I am not a coffee expert, but I am a coffee lover. I have my grinder and Espresso machine at home. Here is a snippet from Home barista

Barista technique breaks down into three time scales and skill levels:

 

The first is the minute or so spent grinding and making the shot. The key here is acquiring the skills to make shots consistently. One should be able to turn out four or five in a row with virtually the same timing, volume, color, crema and taste. This skill is a physical thing, that is, it’s a matter of training and practice rather than learning.

 

The second is the time spent carefully tasting an espresso or series of espressos, identifying the flavor balance and defects, and making adjustments to ones pull or machines to correct them. The “dialing-in” process for a new blend usually requires a series of shots to get a satisfactory result, and can proceed over several days to fine tune it. To do this well, one needs to have experience in tasting and analyzing good espresso. One also needs to know how changes in extraction variables and machine settings affect the espresso’s taste.

 

The third is acquiring experience and informed preferences with a wide range of coffees, blends, espresso equipment, and alternative techniques. If you or someone you’re serving wants an espresso with a specific pallette of flavors; you will know how to provide it. Home roasting and blending helps in this. So does visiting good cafes and roasteries, and talking with the knowledgeable people there.

I see a lot of similarities to trading. What do you think? Start making coffee…

 

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Comments

  1. I’m definitely in the “dialing-in” phase 🙂
    Lovely post, Gav.

  2. I’m definitely in the “dialing-in” phase 🙂
    Lovely post, Gav.

  3. Jules,

    After I wrote this post, I realized I am crazy. I was thinking of trading, while making coffee. Heck….

  4. Jules,

    After I wrote this post, I realized I am crazy. I was thinking of trading, while making coffee. Heck….

  5. Hi Gav,

    Yes, I think there are many similarities to trading. Firstly, people need to have the basic of trading, keep practicing. Then they will need to gain some experience before they can really be successfully in trading. Lastly, trading is like your life, you talk and live trading. 🙂

    Regards,
    Dan

  6. Hi Gav,

    Yes, I think there are many similarities to trading. Firstly, people need to have the basic of trading, keep practicing. Then they will need to gain some experience before they can really be successfully in trading. Lastly, trading is like your life, you talk and live trading. 🙂

    Regards,
    Dan

  7. It’s ok, Gav. I think of trading when I was watching Counterfeiters, Lion King, Kungfu Panda, and Iron Man, and when I watch my cats go after their tails. 🙂

  8. It’s ok, Gav. I think of trading when I was watching Counterfeiters, Lion King, Kungfu Panda, and Iron Man, and when I watch my cats go after their tails. 🙂