Issue 16
Monday, 25 September 2017
Charles Darwin University
E-news
Monique George presents a cup of coffee topped with the Desert Lantern logo in chocolate
Monique George presents a cup of coffee topped with the Desert Lantern logo in chocolate

Hot coffee a class act for Monique

By Patrick Nelson

Middle schooler Monique George has a new appreciation for a fresh cup of coffee, especially now that she knows how to make one.

Monique was one of about 140 Year 9 students who took part in a skill-building program for secondary students at Charles Darwin University’s Alice Springs campus last week.

She took part in the “Coffee – café assistant” skill set and was in a group that was the first to use the state-of-the-art Wega Polaris coffee machines, which have just been installed in the Desert Lantern training restaurant.

“More effort goes into making a good cup of coffee than I had realised,” said Monique, who attends the Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Catholic College.

“We learnt how to extract espresso, how to texture milk and how to operate the espresso machine and grinder.

“I’m thinking of studying medicine at university when I finish school so perhaps I could also work as a part-time barista.”

CDU hosts the Vocational for Secondary Students program for one week each term, offering students the opportunity to try their hands at a variety of disciplines that include car detailing, cabinet making, tyre fitting, electronics, metal fabrication and plant nursery work.