Dan, an authorized trainer for the Specialty Coffee Association (SCA), spends most of his time teaching new and experienced baristas. To him, learning how to transform coffee with integrity is crucial. Working coffee to perfection combines craft and science; the work simultaneously involves creativity, attention to detail, and accuracy. Like most lines of work, the coffee world always offers new learnings, so experts constantly interact with others to share and gain knowledge.
The first step on this educational path requires changing how we perceive coffee; we should make a concerted effort to stay true to the product, respect each step of the chain, and move away from poorly sourced commodity coffee. Instead, we should choose beans that are more sustainable and nuanced.