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Fresh gives you some insight into those coffee warriors with its monthly segment, Baristas Uncovered.
Q How did you end up making coffee?
I was working at a supermarket at the time and was asked if I could give it a shot since they were needing staff. I've made coffee ever since.
Q Key to being a good barista is?
Keeping it consistent, having the ability to multitask, being efficient and having a positive vibe.
Q Weirdest drink request you've had?
When someone requests a mystery drink and you get to make anything you like. For example, an Earl Grey tea with vanilla, topped with steamed milk which we named ``London fog''.
Q What do you drink?
Depending on the day, I'll drink a coconut latte or, if I'm wanting a sugar hit, a hot chocolate with marshmallows and a shot of caramel, especially on one of Dunedin's cold days.
Q What does it take to make those shapes on top of a coffee?
Lots of practice, patience and a good, silky milk helps as well.
Q Top tip for home coffee makers?
Take your time and keep practising. Your first coffee may not be perfect.
Q Chemex or Cold Brew? What's your preference?
Definitely cold brew. It's a lot sweeter depending on the type of beans you use and adding a touch of vanilla makes it better with cold milk.
Q Would you serve coffee in an avocado shell as per latest Instagram trends?
If someone brought one in, for sure. I'd even give them a discount for not using a takeaway cup.