Baristas can choose either the water-first, bloom, or coffee-first approach to brewing. They must explain their brewing plan to the Coach before they commence the brewing process.
To prepare a successful steep-and-release (S’n’R) brew, it is important to carefully manage the valve at the base of the brewer. It is easy to cause spills if the valve is open when the barista wasn’t expecting it to be. Coaches will check to ensure baristas avoid spills on the bar top.