Baris­tas of Ip­swich

EACH month QT Magazine will meet those peo­ple who are on the front­line of keep­ing this city mov­ing. With­out our baris­tas, Ip­swich would come to a stand­still, let’s be hon­est.

QT Magazine - - FOOD, WINE, AND COFFEE -

This month we meet Ta­mara Ha­worth, 24, from Race­view who you’ll find be­hind the cof­fee ma­chine at Seed Cof­fee in Lime­stone St.

A new mum, Ta­mara takes what she does very se­ri­ously, and has built a loyal fol­low­ing. How long have you been a barista? I’ve been a barista for six years, work­ing at lots of places, in­clud­ing Two Tea­spoons in Jin­dalee be­fore join­ing Seed two years ago. What makes a good cof­fee? When you put love into a cof­fee it makes all the dif­fer­ence. Tem­per­a­ture is ev­ery­thing with milk, and froth­ing. There are so many things to pay at­ten­tion to. What’s your favourite cof­fee? I love a small latte per­son­ally. What’s the odd­est re­quest you’ve ever had? The cra­zi­est one I’ve ever had was prob­a­bly a caramel latte on skim milk with six sug­ars. I’ve no­ticed in the last cou­ple of years though peo­ple are ask­ing for more than just full-cream milk. We now of­fer soy, al­mond, lac­tose-free. Peo­ple have so much choice now so they can choose what­ever they like. It’s like a 60/40 ra­tio now of nor­mal milk to other milks. I’ve re­ally no­ticed how soy and al­mond are just grow­ing in pop­u­lar­ity so much. Why is cof­fee so im­por­tant to a cafe? Cof­fee is vi­tal to a small busi­ness, its about 65% of our busi­ness. Does Ip­swich have a cof­fee ad­dic­tion? Def­i­nitely. I guess every­one can’t get go­ing with­out a cof­fee, and when you do have a good cof­fee it sets you up for the whole day. Cof­fee means hap­pi­ness. What do you love about your job? I love ev­ery­thing about it, I love mak­ing cof­fee, drink­ing cof­fee, I love my staff and I have a loyal cus­tomer base, some of which have be­come re­ally good friends. Why should peo­ple be ex­tra nice to their barista? So you get a good cof­fee of course. The love a barista puts into their work means you’ll get a great cof­fee, so it’s a win/win.

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