Baristas of Ipswich
EACH issue, QT Magazine meets those people who are on the front line of keeping this city moving. Without our baristas, Ipswich would come to a standstill, let’s be honest. This time, meet Dale Waite from Caffeine Ali
How long have you been a barista?
Ten years this year.
What makes a good coffee?
A multitude of things. It helps to have passionate people who grow and farm the beans, good roasters, and the humble baristas who understand the whole journey and compile it into a nice cup of coffee. Ethically grown coffee is important to me, it’s sad that people have to work so hard for so little around the world. What’s your favourite coffee?
Long blacks and short blacks. I enjoy coffee in its purest form.
What’s the oddest request you’ve ever had?
It wasn’t a coffee, it was a small white hot chocolate with 13 sugars. There was hardly any room for the milk!
What is popular now compared to when you started?
People like single-origin coffee. They are keen to experience the subtleties of coffee, just like wine. I have noticed there is more a trend following black coffees over milk coffee. People are more conscious about what they are putting in their bodies, such as dairy.
How many coffees a day do you make on average?
Why is coffee so important to a cafe?
I believe it’s the main reason people walk in the door. If you can combine good coffee with great service and a good atmosphere, I think you’re set.
Does Ipswich have a coffee addiction?
Oh yes. We get lots of government workers through the door and they say they need their coffee.
What do you love about your job?
The people, and sharing my passion for coffee.
Why should people be extra nice to their barista?
If you don’t enjoy making a coffee for someone, you can taste it in the end result. There has to be love and passion there in every cup you make.
Dale Waite from Caffeine Ali.