Gallery: Ask a Barista: What Drink Do You Love Making?

Cortados (Especially for Me)
Cortados (Especially for Me)

"Cortados and espresso—when they are for me! I love making all the drinks I enjoy drinking myself. I can identify with the people who get the same drinks." —Charrow, Joe, NYC

[Photo: JJ Johnson]

Small Cups, Big Smiles
Small Cups, Big Smiles

"I love making little drinks in small cups that people are looking forward to drinking. A good cortado on a clean white saucer with a demitasse spoon and some kind of dainty pastry is my favorite thing to pass over the counter." —Simon Ouderkirk, Spot Coffee, Saratoga Springs NY

[Photo: Simon Ouderkirk]

Clever Baristas Use Clever Drippers
Clever Baristas Use Clever Drippers

"I love making filter coffee with a Clever. It makes a consistently delicious cup, and the brew time is long enough to have a bit of a conversation with the customer." —Rachel Haughey, Espresso Neat, Darien CT

[Photo: William Haughey]

Customer's Choice
Customer's Choice

"I love making drinks that make people smile. Cappuccinos, espressos, filter coffee—whatever it is that lights up someone's face." —Lorenzo Perkins, Cuvee Coffee, Austin TX

[Photo: Lily Kubota]

Latte Lover
Latte Lover

"Lattes, preferably in a 8-ounce porcelain cup. Espresso and milk pair so deliciously well. I would say the cappuccino is usually the coffee professional's milk drink of choice but I feel like there is too much theory and opinion mixed into that drink that I rarely enjoy it." —Laila Ghambari, Caffe Ladro, Seattle

[Photo: Kirk Mastin]

AeroPress Sure
AeroPress Sure

"I love making AeroPresses using our new Bonavita Variable Temperature kettles. Brewing coffee with water at the proper brewing temperatures has made making AeroPresses delicious and inspiring." —Urban Eisley, Ports, NYC

[Photo: David Hernandez III]

Makes Mouths Happy
Makes Mouths Happy

"Any drink where the customer comes back and let's me know how delicious his/her drink turned out, but I'm partial to creating an absolutely stellar cappuccino." —Bronwen Serna, 2004 U.S. Barista Champion

Just Say
Just Say "No" to Espresso to Go

“I've been in this business too long to hate anything. I finally work at a company that does not have anything I really hate making. Espresso to go makes me sad though, because it’s 2 ounces—where you gonna go with it? I watch people walk with their paper cups and finish it by the time they get to the door. Espresso was not intended to be consumed while one walks; it’s small so you can drink it quickly. Take one minute. I am asking for less time than it takes to go to the bathroom!” —Charrow, Joe, NYC

[Photo: JJ Johnson]