Java masters

Last updated 16:22 07/11/2012
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SMOOTH DREW: Wairarapa College year 12 Hospitality students Shannon Kelly and Dominic Ruddock hone their skills of making the perfect flat white

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Wafting from Wairarapa College's Cafe 56 comes the most tantalising smell of fresh coffee.

For the past two years year 12 hospitality students have been learning and practising their barista skills during class and selling coffee to teachers and students during break times. This year the cafe has been run by 14 students who are working towards their assessment at the end of the year. They also served coffee to diners at this year's year 13 restaurant.

Their range of coffee is extensive including long black, flat white, latte, hot chocolate, mochaccino, cappuccino and a chai latte.

Teacher Yvonne Shields said the skills the students learn as a barista can help get them jobs in the hospitality industry.

"It is great to have that under their belts," she said.

"Some students already have part- time cafe jobs."

Mrs Shields said making a good coffee was not easy.

Year 12 student Shannon Kelly said it had been fun learning to be a barista.

She is looking forwards a career in baking and said making good coffee would be a useful skill.

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