Hi, I’m Minnie Masters and I'm currently in year 10 in the LEAP Academy at Hastings Secondary College.
The basis behind LEAP involves choosing an interest of my choice each term & I get the opportunity to learn, research and experiment the topic of interest that I've chosen. At the end of each term I get to present my exhibition to Mr Rogers and Miss Leach (our LEAP teachers) and to whomever else I choose to invite. Each student of LEAP gets to present their project in whatever format they desire. We also include English, Maths, Science & History aspects in the project.
Last term I explored the world of coffee and created a business plan for my cafe called Bean Already. My main goal for the term was to learn how to make coffee which was made possible in the first two days. I was invited to go to Coffs Harbour with the team from Doppio or Nothing to make coffee at the National Waste Management Conference. I worked in a team making 800 coffees a day, not only did I learn the basics of making great coffee, I also learnt the process of organisation to set up two pop-up cafes.
I chose coffee as my project because I already work at a café, and I wanted to expand my knowledge further into the industry.
While working with the Doppio team I've not only been able to learn how to make coffee but also a lot of other things.
- I've learnt are about the inner workings of the espresso machine and the grinder.
- Daily maintenance of cleaning & looking after the machine.
- The process of receiving orders and delivering them, and understanding the ins and outs of the many products Doppio sells.
- The importance of having a good connection with customers & being able to handle their needs.
- The process of the coffee bean from seed to cup.
- The coffee menu & coffee training.
- How to build a website
- As well as the many important things to consider when starting a business!
I chose to work with Doppio because I was interested in learning about what goes on behind the scenes in the coffee industry and I knew that they would be really fun to work with & learn from. Doppio’s philosophy is providing awesome quality products, from ethical companies with ethical practices and combining that with outstanding customer service – as well as throwing in some good times of course.
It has been awesome working with the team & I'm very grateful for everything they have taught me.
Some things I love doing are working at Salty Crew Kiosk, Spending time with my friends and family and I also love learning new things.
The video which is attached below is one of the videos I created for my exhibition last term, which shows of a small part of what I've been doing whilst being at Doppio
I presented my exhibition at Doppio HQ and explained how to make coffee, as I was making them for everyone. I presented my work in a slideshow which included a couple of videos I made. One was about Salty Crew Kiosk which focused on responsibilities & team culture. The other was a Day In The Life at Doppio. I displayed the coffee process by using an actual coffee bean plant, raw coffee beans and roasted coffee beans. I made a visual cafe concept board by using wood, paint, examples, pictures and different textures. With the help of Stew, Chrisso and Bree I made a business plan for Bean Already and with my boss at Salty Crew I made another business plan that I would present to a bank, or for a tender. I designed a floor plan, menu, uniforms etc. I have linked the video which shows a small part of what I've been doing whilst being at Doppio.
I’d love to make you a coffee soon!