February 21, 2015. Saturday. My last day with advanced barista training at PBCA. Its too soon!
I cannot believe that time flies so fast; especially when you’re really having fun. Yes, I’ve proven this truth for myself. Four days seemed too short as I learned to love being a latte artist.
It even cost me my sleep! (A bit exaggerating, I know.)
But I really did have no sleep – for two days. I just can’t properly sleep, no matter what I did. (Except perhaps if I took sleeping pills, which I strongly oppose. I’d rather seek natural remedies.)
That’s why I was too early for the last day. I was somewhere near the area at around 8 am when the evaluation started at 9. I dropped by a convenience store and ate my breakfast. Yet again, incidentally, RM too, dropped by to take his breakfast. He really is the best student – ever punctual.
We went to the school together and arrived to see that Sir Dave and Sir Jeff, with two trainees, already there making coffee. Or rather, practicing latte art. I was too sleepy to engage in their lively conversation, I may just ruin the mood. I don’t want to be a “mood crusher”.
I decided to take a quick nap; I was resting my head on my arms waiting for sleep angels to visit. But I guess they’re already sleeping since the daylight.
So I ran to the restroom. Yes, as in really running! I needed to wake my mind and body up. And gladly that trick did it.
As the pre-eval was not finished yesterday, five of us had our turn. I was third to do it and I was able to pull off a 11:50-something minute (I cannot recall the exact time) performance of the three required latte art. I was so close to exceeding the 12 minute target time.
After all five of us had finished, Sir Dave reminded us of the mechanics/scoresheet and we were off to the evaluation. The order was determined through draw lots. This time, I was fourth. Lucky! I can still observe from my other classmates and to calm myself down.
Just like the evaluation in Barista 101, music was allowed, encouraged even. I already had my playlist – three songs totaling to around 12 minutes. I aimed to finish my performance before the end of these three songs:
1. Higher by Creed
2. Somewhere Only We Know by Lifehouse (A Cover)
3. First Time by Lifehouse
So yeah, rock on. I want to rock my performance. 🙂
But most of all, I remembered to focus. I focused on what to do. I focused on the reason why I need to get through this successfully.
To cut the story short, I nailed it in 11 minutes! God is good!
But unfortunately, my latte art was not as good as my practice. Anyways, I’m still glad they looked like what they are supposed to be:
My heart somehow looked like an apple:
My rosetta was close to a failure but at least there’s a recognizable leaf:
My signature latte art is my favorite! It looked cute. 🙂
I was satisfied with my performance.
After that, all I prayed for was that all of us will pass the evaluation. I already wished my classmates good luck and encourage them to do well, the night before.
At around 1:00 pm, all seven of us had finished and we were told by Sir Dave to wait for just a few minutes for the result. Both RM and I didn’t bring lunch; we were both hungry. Good thing Sir Dave offered slices of cake given by someone celebrating his/her birthday so I munched on it while waiting. (We weren’t the only ones in the school on a Saturday after all.)
Sir Dave entered the classroom. And exited. And re-entered.
The suspense is killing me.
I was eager to know if we all passed! (And to take my lunch, and sleep…haha)
We did it! We all passed! Thank God.
I could not contain my smile; I was really happy not only for myself but also for my teammates. No one got left behind, again, this time.
Sir Dave instructed someone to look for a graduation song. I could not help but to laugh as a familiar tune played. Its too silly for me to handle. 😂😂😂
We got our certificates and took our class picture:
(Photo credits: Lean C.)
Although I was invited by Ate Kristine to hang out since it’s still early, I went home. I was sleepy. I felt sorry that I was unable to join them. But she told me there can always be a “next time”.
I updated our FB group name description into Team Awesome. We were all awesome in our own ways.
So that’s it. The training has come to a close.
I’m already missing the room, the smart pitcher, the caffe mauro mug, the steamwand (who left a mark on me, yes, a slight burn), the automatic coffee grinder, the synesso. And most of all, the people who were with me during my humble beginning as a latte artist – my classmates – Ate Kristine, Lean, Eive, Christin, Kuya Mic and RM; the instructors – Sir Dave and Sir Jeff; and the admin staff of PBCA – Ate Jay (my sister at heart) and Ms. Con.
I thank God for letting me meet such amazing people.
I thank God for answering my prayers.
I thank God for everything I have and will have.
“For this reason I tell you: When you pray and ask for something, believe that you have received it, and you will be given whatever you ask for.” -Mark 11:24
God bless us!