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!
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.