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Tuesday, 21 May 2019 06:42 pm

Cuba container cafe helping hospitality students

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A COFFEE SHOP is creating a buzz on Cuba Street as well as creating opportunities for hospitality students.

The café, called Stories Coffee was setup just over a month ago and is already meeting its goals of fundraising and providing student training.

The café is a social enterprise and is run by the not for profit organisation, Zeal Education Trust.

Zeal is a charity which promotes creativity in young people to help them realise their potential providing things such as industry standard training for baristas.

right top 400x400Kirk Hodgson (26),(above), the manager of the café says that they are already creating a profit and that’s better than they had hoped for.

The café located inside a shipping container sits in a carpark on lower Cuba St.

“We went to the Deputy Mayor and he suggested this spot” Kirk Hodgson says.

Stories Coffee is also a training space for young hospitality students who need on the job training.

Georgia Hudson (18) a student from Zeal, has been working at the cafe over the last month as a student and has already found a job thanks to the manager she says.

Kirk Hodgson says you have to create a buzz when you’re a new business and the café has had a constant increase in customer numbers since opening.

One regular customer, Nicholas Old, was full of praise for the café.

“The coffee here is awesome and I love the salted caramel cookies,” he says

Barista in training, Georgia Hudson agreed.

“The customer’s love the salted caramel cookies. Two more people just bought them.”

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