[Homeroast] Amateurs/Professionals & Craftsmen/Artists

Ryan M. Ward silvercro_magnon at hotmail.com
Fri Apr 30 15:24:55 CDT 2010

Personally, I like to avoid the term 'amateur' for those very reasons and instead prefer the term 'independant'. In most peoples' minds, amateur seems to suggest second rate, or wannabe. But I have met MANY "professional" Barista's that don't know anything about coffee (in my not so humble opinion). Some of them former co-workers at coffee houses. In her case, the term "professional Barista" had absolutely no correlation with skill behind the bar- it only correlates with time, specifically her experience doing it poorly for 10 years.

Ryan M. Ward

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> From: danielremer at me.com
> To: homeroast at lists.sweetmariascoffee.com
> Date: Wed, 28 Apr 2010 10:51:00 -0700
> Subject: [Homeroast] Amateurs/Professionals & Craftsmen/Artists
> My thought on Amateurs is that if they are dedicated they can do  
> better than Professionals for the simple reason that they can spend  
> time and money on something that for a Professional has to return a  
> profit. Some of the best photographers,  writers, potters and  
> sculptors are amateurs because they do it for love rather than for  
> money, and can afford to devote whatever it takes to progress.
> On the other hand Professionals, while they gain competence from  
> repetition, can suffer from boredom, burnout and forced compromises to  
> quality in order to make money. Sometimes the Amateur and the  
> Professional merge, but it's rare and often fleeting.
> On Art and Craftsmanship, I'd suggest that a barista who is good  
> craftsman (someone who can consistently make a drink of high quality)  
> is all I'd aspire to. I have no desire to make one of a kind coffee  
> drinks. I just want excellence and repeated excellence. I don't want  
> to remember every great shot of espresso I've ever had, just a few  
> memories are fine. Coffee is a science, a craft and if someone wants  
> to use it to paint their faces with, I guess it's an art too.
> Nothing wrong or second rate about wanting to be a amateur craftsman  
> of excellent drinks.
> dan
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