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Students brew tasty coffee in café course

Middle school students learn to make a café-standard coffee Middle school students learn to make a café-standard coffee

Nine Alice Springs middle school students have served their first real coffees in a restaurant, as part of a program to give them a taste of the cookery and hospitality industries.

The students undertook the activity recently at Charles Darwin University’s Desert Lantern training restaurant under the guidance of vocational education and training lecturer Franco Mure.

“They were a bit nervous, but they all did well on the day considering it was their first test of their new skills,” Mr Mure said.

“And the guests, all of whom were invited by the students to a café experience, were very accommodating of the circumstances.”

Mr Mure said the students were enrolled in a “skill set” where they learned how to take orders, prepare and serve espresso coffees and non-alcoholic beverages.

“We have taught them the basics of good coffee. They know that there are 30mls of espresso in each serve, that the milk must be heated to a certain temperature and that it must be of a silky texture.”

Mr Mure said while these students were making and serving coffees, another nine were in the kitchen preparing food orders.

“Now that we have reached the half-way point of the course they will swap roles. Those who were working front-of-house will now move to the kitchen, and vice versa,” he said.

Students are on schedule to complete the 14-week vocational education and training in schools course in early December.