Step 1: Determining your needs (30 min)
We'll have a short chat about what kind of coffee you want to start brewing. In very general terms, at this stage, we need to decide if manual methods or espresso-based drinks sound like a good start (and don't worry, we'll help you decide). This can be done over the phone, a video-call, or by email—you decide.
Step 2: Gear selection (30 min)
In this phase, we'll determine what you need and want for your new little home coffee bar. We'll make a complete list, from filters to decanters—all you need and nothing you don't—and even shop for you and ship to your door. This is a complementary service—you will not pay a dime more than what you would on Amazon (and sometimes our prices will be even lower). Of course, if you prefer to shop yourself, you're welcome to. Either way, rest assured we'll help you make the right choice of the highest quality equipment you'll enjoy using for years to come.
Step 3: Set-up and gear training (1.5 h)
We'll cut down the learning curve for you by explaining how everything works and how to use it. From folding a paper filter to adjusting the grinder. Demonstrating and doing it together beats reading a manual any day. We'll even help you set up your space for optimal coffee brewing workflow.
Step 4: Learning the technique (2 h)
The next and, arguably, the most exciting step is learning the brewing craft itself. We'll prepare the equipment, correctly grind the beans, and make the most delicious drink together. There is some art and science to it, but it's easier than you think, you'll see.
Step 5: Overview (30 min)
This might be the most important step in the long-run success of your new venture. It is clear to us you'll have questions once you start brewing on your own—we'll be there to answer them. About a week later, we'll meet for a quick overview and a Q&A session to solidify your knowledge and boost your confidence.
Q: Who is this class intended for?
A: It’s for beginners, so we’ll assume that you have no or very little prior experience with coffee. Our goal is to create a fun, non-intimidating experience to get you brewin'.
Q: Can I invite a friend or two?
A: By all means, the more the merrier! However, they (or you) will need to purchase a separate class. The good news is that you will be handsomly rewarded with a discount. You can invite up to 4 friends.
Q: Can we skip the gear selection part? I’m not sure if I’m ready to commit yet.
A: Not a problem! It’s actually a great idea to take it slow. You can always get the gear if you feel like you want to take it to the next level.
Q: Can I pick which brewing technique we learn?
A: Sure thing! Nothing is off limits. If you don’t know where you want to start, we’ve got you covered, too.
Q: Can you come to my place?
A: Yes. As a matter of fact, currently, that’s the only option we offer. An online class is always a possibility, too.
Q: Do you charge a travel fee?
A: Generally, no. If you live within 25 miles from our office in the Loop (downtown Chicago), there is no extra travel fee. If you live farther away, there may be a surcharge to cover mileage and extra time. We’ll work with you to make it feasible.
Q: Do I have to buy coffee beans myself?
A: No, we’ll bring amazing coffee with us as well as all the necessary equipment. Unless, we go the online route or if you prefer to brew yours—that’s fine, too.
Q: What are the minimum internet requirements for the online class?
A: For best experience, a high-speed broadband connection of 4Mbps down / 512kbps up is recommended. At a minimum, you will need a connection of 512kbps down / 128kbps up. We will use appear.in service in most cases. You are welcome to use a computer or a mobile device.
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