Two new half-day latte art and sensory skills training workshops will be held concurrent with this year’s United States Barista Championship in Portland at the American Barista & Coffee School on March 5th.

The Latte Art Workshop led by American Barista & Coffee School Director of Training Matt Milletto will teach students fundamental principles and advanced techniques necessary to pour consistently great latte art. This 3-hour intensive program will cover a wide range of pour types from the basic rosetta design to multi-art pours.

The Sensory Skills Workshop led by Andrew Hetzel, Q-Grader and Director of Hawaii-based consultancy, Cafemakers, is a 3-hour course open to food and beverage professionals of all skill levels wishing to participate in exercises that improve taste and aroma identification proficiency.

Workshop attendees will practice the SCAA sensory skills exam with guidance and training, as well as perform olfactory and coffee cupping triangulation exercises comparable to those required for Q-Grader certification or barista competition judging certification.

The fee to attend each class is $150 or $250 for both workshops. SCAA Barista Guild members in good standing receive an additional 10% discount. Advance registration is required and can be made online or by calling (800) 655-3955. Class size is limited to the first 15 registered attendees for each session.

March 5, 2009
Latte Art Workshop 9:00 AM – 12:00 Noon, again 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Sensory Skills Workshop 9:00 AM – 12:00 Noon, again 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

American Barista & Coffee School
1028 S.E. Water St., Ste. 275
Portland, OR 97214

About Andrew Hetzel
Andrew Hetzel is the founder of Cafemakers, a coffee industry business consultancy based on the Big Island of Hawaii that provides management, brand and process consulting services for coffee retailers, roasters and producers worldwide. In 2007, Mr. Hetzel was named one of the top young business leaders in Hawaii by Pacific Business News and in 2008, became the state’s first licensed Q-grader for the Coffee Quality Institute.

About the American Barista & Coffee School
The American Barista & Coffee School (ABC) is the premier professional school in America devoted to specialty coffee business education and hands-on barista training. ABC Training Director Matt Milletto is a member of the SCAA Training Committee, featured coffee expert in numerous publications and frequent speaker at coffee industry conferences. In 2006, Mr. Milletto’s latte art techniques were featured in Bellissimo Coffee InfoGroup’s award-winning Extreme Pours training video.