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P 7.02 – Baseline Testing

Baseline Testing – Efficiency

In these two time-lapse videos, we track Matt as he prepares a pour-over coffee and a batch brew. The charts can be used a means of establishing a baseline for efficiency in the workplace. We have structured the routine in an order that allows for the maximum overlapping of tasks. By overlapping we mean, for example, that when a function in the routine takes time to complete – such as the rinse water draining out of the filter paper – we take that opportunity to grind the coffee. It might increase efficiency by only a few seconds, but across a whole shift it can reduce wait times by minutes.

The drawdown phase of pour-overs and batch brews offers baristas a lot of time for overlapping. In batch brewing, the drawdown process takes around 2 minutes, and there is no need to watch the process concluded.