Ever dream of crafting your very own designer lattes?
Guests at the Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort are learning how to do just that – and more – via the property’s Barista Bootcamp class (and "wiring" themselves for an action-packed Orlando vacation).
As part of the Four Seasons Entertain U(niversity), interested caf-fiends will learn to master single-drip coffee, cold-brew, coffee cocktails, latte art and more at Lickety Split, the resort’s well-appointed café and gelato shop.
Guests depart with a fun takeaway bag filled with decadent delights from Lickety Split — Photo courtesy of A.D. Thompson
“Coffee culture is something I relate to wine,” says Lickety Split Manager Allison Burkard. “There is no right or wrong coffee to drink, no right or wrong way to drink it. It’s all about crafting an experience that you enjoy.”
With a focus on house-crafted product infused with passion and creativity, Burkard and staff chose Café Umbria as its coffee. Made by a third-generation Italian roaster, the small, up-and-coming company hand-selects the beans for its blends, six of which are used at Lickety Split.
“Using four different brewing methods, we are able to create different tasting notes and flavor profiles from these blends,” says Burkard.
Participants in the Barista Bootcamp will walk away wired – literally and figuratively – with mad bean skills that include tamping espresso, proper techniques for cappuccino milk versus latte milk (not the same!), and how to create artful designs that impress.
Frothing is an art form. Barista Bootcamp recruits will learn the different techniques — Photo courtesy of A.D. Thompson
Lickety Split also uses a method called cold-brewing, wherein cold water creates seriously potent and delicious coffee during an eight-hour process through a funky contraption. While the class doesn’t last that long, participants can enjoy theirs in combination with some of the shop’s excellent gelato, or perhaps as is.
“Espresso is not what you want if you’re looking for that serious caffeine pick-me-up,” Burkard explains. “Cold-brewed coffee has far more punch, usually two- or three-times the average cup of coffee.” So if you’re looking to squeeze more wide-awake time out of your stay at the Four Seasons, you may want to at least pop in for a cup, if not take the course.
Barista Bootcamp is open to everyone, not just resort guests and while it’s presently scheduled to run through year’s end, early success indicates that this one is a keeper.
“Based on the popularity of the series for December, we’re going to start offering a class once a month, starting this January,” says Stephen Wancha, director of food & beverage. “We’re also excited about our January 16 dinner at Capa with special guest Phillip Foss, chef/owner of El Ideas, a Michelin Star restaurant in Chicago and a wine dinner in February with the president of Markham Vineyards.”
The two-hour Barista Bootcamp class runs $75/person. Guests will learn first-hand how to move beyond the basic cup and really learn the art of the pour so they can dazzle guests at home – no fancy Italian machines required. Reservations are required; space is limited. Call 407-313-6161 for details.