Learn to Be A Barista at Peregrine Espresso

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If you love espresso, you can learn the art of making a great cup just like the pros at Peregrine Espresso. At 6 p.m. Monday evenings at Union Market, when the market is closed to the public, Peregrine offers a two-hour class where students learn espresso and milk technique in Espresso Fundamentals ($95). Their experienced instructors – many are award-winning baristas – teach on Peregrine’s professional equipment and you’ll leave class with necessary skills to produce standard espresso beverages.

If you’re up for a great cup of joe, but not necessarily the espresso variety, you can learn how to produce great coffee in your own kitchen in Better Brewing at Home ($60, also Mondays at 6 pm). In this class, you’ll experiment with coffee extraction fundamentals, learn ways to control brewing variables and explore manual brewing techniques with the best ways to transfer these skills to a home environment.

Classes are limited to four students each; in both classes, students receive a 12-ounce bag of coffee ($15 value) to take home to practice.

Reserve your space for an upcoming Monday night class, or get a class gift card for your favorite Valentine.

Peregrine Espresso at Union Market is located at 1309 Fifth St. NE.

Annette Nielsen has been engaged in food, farming and sustainability issues for nearly two decades. The food editor of the Hill Rag, Nielsen’s experience includes coordinating artisanal and farm-based food events and teaching cooking classes. She’s the editor of two Adirondack Life cookbooks, Northern Comfort and Northern Bounty. Nielsen heads up Kitchen Cabinet Events, a culinary, farm-to-fork inspired event business. A native of the Adirondacks, she’s a long-time resident of both NYC and DC; she can be reached at annette@hillrag.com; follow her on twitter: @The_Kitchen_Cab