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.
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.