Spilling the beans on coffee
WANT to know the secret to making the perfect coffee?
Baristas at Merlo Coffee's Orion Springfield bar will spill the beans on all things coffee at special appreciation sessions over the coming months.
Coffee lovers who attend the sessions will learn how coffee is made and how to get the best results at home.
They also will take a behind the scenes tour of the roasting facility, sample beans and listen to a short history of coffee.
Merlo Springfield barista Samantha Mason said making a delicious coffee had a lot to do with the quality of ingredients.
"You can't go wrong with a fresh espresso blend," Ms Mason said.
"A lot of people don't realise coffee beans and ground coffee have a short shelf life. Beans last four weeks and ground coffee lasts two to three weeks, so after that time you're not going to be getting the best coffee.
"Coffee should be kept in a dry, dark place, like the fridge."
Ms Mason said it also was important to keep home coffee machines and equipment clean.
She said her team enjoyed sharing their skills at the appreciation sessions.
"It's natural instinct for us, and we're happy to explain all the tips and tricks," Ms Mason said.
She said she was enjoying the latest coffee trends, including latte art and new types of coffee hitting the market.
"We've also added mezzo mezzo and ristretto to our menu.
"Mezzo mezzo is a 60ml coffee made up of a 30ml shot and 30ml of milk. It's for people who still want their coffee fix but might not like a lot of milk.
"Ristretto is a restricted or short shot. We basically stop pouring it before it gets bitter."
The hour-long classes cost $25 and include a light continental breakfast or brunch, a sample bag and Merlo Coffee blend.
Classes will be hosted at Merlo's Orion Springfield shop on Thursday, May 17, June 21 and July 19. Phone 3470 0215 for more information or to book.