Our Barista

This morning on the way to shoot some Golfers at the San Vicente Country Club, we dropped into a charming Cafe which is just around the corner from our home. Danica is the Barista. She was so shy when we asked to have the privilege of taking her picture. She said she is not photogenic. We will let you decide. We shoot Models all the time, but sometimes you do not need a Studio, fancy lighting and Pro Models to get a great shot. Sometimes one just needs to look for the beauty around you!

Now a bit about a barista!Fundamental to a barista’s role is good espresso-making.

Baristas generally operate a commercial espresso machine, and their role is preparing the shot and pulling the shot; the degree to which this is automated or done manually varies significantly, ranging from push-button operation to an involved manual process. Machines range from manual (lever), where the pressure is applied by hand, to semi-automatic, where the pressure is applied automatically but brew time is selected by the barista, to automatic, where the brew time is also preset (but preparing the grinds is still manual), to super-automatic, where the barista need only load the beans and push a button, but is otherwise completely automated. Espresso is a notoriously finicky beverage, and thus good manual espresso making is considered a skilled task. Further, preparation of other beverages, particularly milk-based drinks such as cappuccinos and lattes, but also non-espresso coffee such as drip or press pot, requires additional work and skill for effective frothing and pouring, most spectacularly, latte art.


11 responses

  1. Melanie

    Lovely shot. She has gorgeous hair!

    October 23, 2011 at 3:17 pm

  2. Wonderful image Erik and thanks for the espresso education!

    October 23, 2011 at 3:29 pm

  3. This is a really nice shot. Love the light of the hair and cheeks, looks great!

    October 24, 2011 at 8:40 am

  4. Its surprising where you will find beauty. Good job!

    October 24, 2011 at 1:02 pm

  5. Excellent shot, Nice lighting, very nice model, great pose and your retouch is outstanding. Beautiful shot.

    October 25, 2011 at 3:36 am

  6. Very graceful, and to think she was nervous!

    October 26, 2011 at 12:51 pm

  7. I love the tones in the natural light here, Erik, what a WONDERFUL photo, my friend!

    October 27, 2011 at 8:36 am

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  9. uh, why is it fair that 99% of coffee chicks are beautiful. Maybe if I A. drank more coffee, I too could look like her or B. Simply apply at Starb**ks and my hair could look like hers, or C. I could get hired at ‘xyz’ bean house, – get a pay check – and afford to buy make up, foo foo soap, and shampoo… Outcome would be: not looking like the homeless photographer that I look like today. It’s hard to get hired when it looks like you are a street person, who has been on the street longer than most…

    February 4, 2012 at 12:07 pm

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