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Fresh aims to give you some insight into those coffee warriors with its new monthly segment, Baristas Uncovered.
Tom Richardson (24) - Perc, Dunedin
Q How did you end up making coffee?
Drinking excessive amounts, working in a cafe kitchen.
Then I pestered the owner to let me on the machine and ended up loving it.
Q Key to being a good barista is?
Obsessiveness, attention to detail and multitasking
Q Weirdest drink request you've had?
Anything with 5+ sugars.
More common than you'd think.
Q What do you drink?
Piccolos all day.
Q What does it take to make those shapes on top of a coffee?
Practice and lots of YouTube vids. A steady hand and good milk helps.
Q Top tip for home coffee makers?
Plunger can be just as good as espresso! It's all about the quality of beans you buy - you get out what you put in.
Q Chemex or Cold Brew - what's your preference?
Q Would you serve coffee in an avocado shell?