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Espresso masterclass

Espresso masterclass experience

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Turning those incredible beans into delicious coffee, especially when it comes to espresso, can be something of a science as well as an art. We want you to be confident with your equipment and ability to extract the very best flavours from your speciality coffee; it’s what makes it special.

So, come join us and learn the methods for making espresso and espresso based drinks from start to finish. We’ll break down the process into logical steps so by the end of this experience, you’ll not only know what to do, but why you’re doing it. 

We’ll cover how you can influence various brewing parameters to perfect the extraction and produce the tastiest cup! And if you’re experiencing issues with your espresso - thin sour shots, or slow muddy shots for example - we’ll work through ways to help you correct the problems, and prevent common issues arising in the future.

You don’t need any prior experience to attend this masterclass, so if you’re starting completely fresh, that’s ok, or if you already know a bit but want to learn more, this is the perfect session to bring your espresso to the next level.

We’ll take you from the basics of using your equipment to more advanced espresso extraction yield analysis... if you're willing to geek out with us a bit! 

After an introductory welcome drink, guests will discover how through roasting we create different espresso beans profiles. 

Then it’s time to go look at the machine and its parts, discuss espresso extraction, calibrate our palates to understand over-extraction and under-extraction, how we can achieve the correct extraction for every shot ensuring sweetness, acidity and balance, bean grind, proper dosing, distribution and tamping techniques, achieving the correct temperature and consistency with milk texturising, pouring techniques and cleaning processes.

Please note that this is a hands-on experience where you’ll be pulling shots and steaming milk. There’s also a good bit of coffee to drink (about 3 - 4 espressos on average), so it’s a good idea to have a decent breakfast (though some caffeine soaking snacks will be provided) and perhaps forego your usual morning brew!  Warm clothing and comfortable shoes are advisable.

About Your Host; Owner and Coffee Whisperer, Ricardo

Ricardo's love for coffee started where coffee grows, in a remote Colombian region named Huila. He grew up on his grandparents' estate and fondly remembers the coffee plantations blooming, dressed in white, with scents of jasmine and his grandmother using a copper pot to roast. 

Today in the United Kingdom and with more than 15 years of speciality coffee experience under his belt, his passion and mastery is to cure the best green coffee beans in the market, roast them to bring out the most prominent flavours of each origin and delight the British public and far beyond with these exceptional beans.

Booking Details

Location: Unit C11, Bumpers Way, Bumpers Farm Industrial Estate, Chippenham, Wiltshire, SN14 6LH

Session Length: 2.5hrs

Maximum guests per session: 4

Price: £59.00pp

Our coffee experiences are typically held on a Thursday morning and and are usually scheduled up to 3 months in advance. Select your booking date or the ‘gift voucher’ if you’d like to give a flexible booking and we will send you the voucher via email. Please get in touch if you can’t see a suitable date and we’ll try and make another date available.

If you’re interested in bringing a private group or a corporate booking, please get in touch for more info.

Telephone: 07511 207973



    • Enjoy an espresso masterclass experience at Coffee Gems Artisan Roastery where our events are built around bringing people together over coffee
    • Experience coffee through exploring key blends and flavour profiles
    • Understand the bean to cup journey and how the industry evaluates coffee based on the quality
    • Espresso extraction and grinder calibration.
    • Milk steaming and drink building, teaching the skills to make the perfect latte and cappuccino
    • Take a complimentary 20% off in any coffee of our collections