Coffee making and other classes at the Maya Kitchen this August

Last Saturday, I did something really fruitful because I attended the Barista 101 (coffee making) class at the Maya Kitchen in Makati City. Being a coffee lover, I can’t tell you enough how thrilled I was to learn how coffee is prepared in a commercial setting, from operating the machine to making various kinds of coffee drinks. Among these are Americano, latte, cappuccino and mocha.

Our able teacher Eric taught us how to operate an espresso machine and how to froth milk for adding to your coffee concoction. But he did also teach us about how to come up with coffee preparations even without a machine, but just using tools like a French press and Moka pot.

Barista 101

The most exciting part was creating latte art. I didn’t know it’s just a matter of swirling the milk. Our teacher said it’s even easier when you use chocolate sauce. See this video –

Needless to say, I highly recommend the coffee-making session at the Maya, among other classes they have in their kitchen studio. Good news: there’s another coffee making class this Saturday, August 13. It’s called Coffee 102 and this will deal with choosing the right coffee plus Coffee Latte Arts Part 2, Cold Coffee Concoctions, Equipment Maintenance and Creating Your Own Signature Drink. Class fee is P1,500.

Basic Culinary is on August 16-19, Tuesday-Friday, 9am-3pm. The workshop class teaches Cooking Fundamentals and International Standard Techniques of meal preparation from soup, salad, pasta, main courses to desserts for Home and Institutional Scale Kitchens. Class fee is P9,000.

Decorating Cupcakes with Fondant (2D designs) is scheduled on Saturday, August 20. This group workshop class includes basic buttercream frosting, fondant from scratch, blending colors and creating toppers. Best to have your fondant design concepts in mind before the class. Cupcakes are provided. Class Fee is P2,000.

Also on August 20 is the class called Pies & Quiche. This hands-on, workshop class includes recipes for Apple Walnut Crumble, Egg Pie, Vegetable Quiche and Meat Lover’s Quiche. Class fee is P2,000.

Bars and Cookies is on August 27, Saturday, 9am-1pm. The hands-on, workshop class includes Oatmeal Raisin Cookies, Snickerdoodles, Food for the Gods, Coconut Fantasy Bars and Butterscotch Brownies. Class fee is P2,000.

Japanese Sushi 101 is also on August 27, Saturday, 9am-2pm. This hands-on workshop class teaches Salmon Nigiri, California Roll, Spicy Tuna Roll, Vegetable Roll and Rainbow Roll. Class fee is P2,000.

For more information on this and on other course offerings, log on to www.themayakitchen.com e-mailcontactus@themayakitchen.com or visit The Maya Kitchen Culinary Center every Tuesday to Saturday at 8F Liberty Building, 835 A. Arnaiz Avenue (Pasay Road), Makati City or call 8921185 / 892-5011 local 108 / Mobile No. +63929 679 6102. Call and reserve a slot now!

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