Names for Barista Techniques

Over the years I have heard expressions and phrases uttered by my fellow Baristas to describe various techniques used in the espresso craft. My exposure to numerous cafes and Baristas has afforded me the opportunity to collect these bits of woven words that add color to the sometimes mundane and repetitious life behind the counter. I also have the fortunate duty, as part of my career choice, to train a great many novice Baristas in the art of espresso preparation. I find it very useful to have whimsical and descriptive imagery to help Newbies remember parts of the procedure that might otherwise be forgotten. Here are a number of terms that I have either heard others use, or have coined myself to aid those who might otherwise leave out steps.

.5-Dosing the grounds-
-Pulling the Paddle
-Flipping the Paddle
-The Flutter

1-Settling in the forks:
-Feeding the Snake

2-Settling on the counter
-The Carpenter
-The Hammer

3-Distribution and leveling:
-Schomer Technique
-Stockfleth’s Move (Right handed clockwise)
-Petting the Kitty (Right handed counter-clockwise)
-The Four Corners
-Chicago Chop

4-Dislodging the rim grounds (Cling-ons):
-The Bump (Hitting with the tamper butt)
-Fender Bender (Hitting with the tamper butt)
-Staub Technique
-The (Murky) Drop

5-Tamping ergonomics:
-Scarecrow Elbow
-Doorknob grip

6-Smoothing the coffee bed:
-The Polish
-Spinning the Roulette Wheel

7-Flushing the Group Head:
-Milking the Cow

8-Cleaning the Portafilter:
-Knock the Puck
-Bang the Biscuit

Any contributions to the list are welcome.

  1. Leveling : T’s first job

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    • dreww
    • September 24th, 2008

    sometimes i would try to use the doser paddle at my old shop in a way that makes the minimum amount of noise. i called this “the black helicopter”.

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