Nashville has a thriving coffee scene. Seriously, thriving. I could visit a different and good coffee place with no repeats for probably two weeks straight. At the top of the heap is Crema located right near all the action of downtown Nashville, with coveted free parking.
This is a place passionate about good beans, roastings, and all that jazz. Lucky for us they teach regular classes in the roasting rooms and luckier for me, my friend Emily let me tag along with her to the Espresso Basics class. Taken directly from the website:
Itching to drive your espresso-mobile? You’ll need your learner’s permit first. In our Basics of Espresso course, we’ll equip you with basic barista skills, and allow you to give the espresso machine a test drive. Behind the wheel in this class, you’ll learn about grinding, dosing, and tamping espresso, and be introduced to the principles of espresso extraction. If you want to punch the gas to your coffee career (at home or in a cafe), this is the place to start.
The class was brimming with tons of information. But the excitement of our teacher was the most fun part for me. J is a guy who LOVES coffee, and beans, and the process. During the class we learned the basic machinery needed, the importance of water quality, and good scale, and etc. The only downside for me what that I had hoped I would get a chance to touch and use a machine, this was much more a lecture style class.
We sampled a few different shots noticing that small changes in consistency yielded HUGE changes in results. I mean seriously, espresso shouldn't be bitter or need to be covered with tons of cream and sugar. Full disclosure, I don't really drink caffeine and haven't since my surgery, I'm usually a decaf girl. Crema does claim to have a great decaf and I look forward to sampling that soon. I probably drank half a shot of espresso and was up and buzzy past the concert I went to after...
So Crema, you were wonderful and educating and I look forward to stopping in and buying a decaf americano for you soon.
If you're interested in classes check out the calendar here! Tell them I sent ya, although that probably won't mean too much, but go for it anyway!
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Happy Coffee Time!
*Disclaimer, all thoughts and reviews are my own. I did not pay for my class, but was invited by my friend Emily.