This AP story ran across the wire yesterday: KOMO-TV – Seattle, Washington – Local & Regional – Coffee vendors teaching wholesale customers to brew’em right. It is about espresso training for the competitive professional market. Roasters such as Zoka Coffee Roaster & Tea Co. and Caffe D’Arte of Seattle have been successfully offering weekend training courses.

One of the training attendees mentioned in the article is a manager at Satura Cakes in Palo Alto and Los Altos. The location in Palo Alto is just across the street from Caffé del Doge — and may be something I’ll need to check out.

UPDATE: March 27, 2007
Today the Sydney Morning Herald published a related article on the barista training offerings in Australia: Lessons in lattes – Good Living – Entertainment – smh.com.au.