Coffee School: Introduction to Espresso

This one hour online course will cover everything you need to know to confidently make great espresso at home: espresso basics, theory, recipe building, and palate development. Price includes a one-on-one video conference follow-up with the instructor to refine your technique and answer any questions.

20% discount automatically applied when purchased with an espresso machine or grinder.

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    Clive and Coffee School present Intro to Espresso. This one hour course will cover everything you need to know to make great espresso at home. With coffee basics, recipe building, and dialing in, you'll get a taste of everything that goes into pulling the perfect shot. Following the class, you'll get one-on-one time with our coffee experts to make sure you not only understand how to pull shots, but you feel confident in how to do it on your equipment at home. 

    What you’ll learn:

    • Espresso Theory: a deeper dive into what constitutes an espresso and how espresso machines work. We will understand extraction and how it is the key to perfecting your technique at home.
    • Building an espresso recipe: we’ll measure the three components that make up a recipe: our dose (ground coffee), yield (liquid espresso), and time (seconds to complete the shot). We’ll look at different shot types: single, doubles, triples, and ristrettos, normales, and lungos. You’ll learn how to build a recipe from the ground up with any coffee.
    • Technique and tasting: the instructor will demonstrate how to pull a perfect shot of espresso by making adjustments on a grinder, distributing the coffee correctly, and proper tamping techniques. We will taste the espresso to understand the telltale signs of good and bad form.
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      Meet your instructor

      Sam has been a part of the Clive family since Sept of 2018. She came to us from Florida where her love of coffee was discovered by working as a barista. In 2015, Sam landed in Portland to work with Portland Coffee Roasters as their primary wholesale account manager and coffee trainer. During this time, she also did work for Pacific Foods Barista Series alternative milk in their lab and at SCAA. Sam has taught classes at the American Barista & Coffee Workshops in Portland, as well as leading home barista classes at Clive. Now spearheading the entire education department at Clive, her focus is on our learn espresso journal articles, live classes in Portland, and now online-only classes. Sam’s approach to teaching is thorough, careful, and most importantly, light-hearted and fun.

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