Confessions: In case you didn’t notice, I’m new to this. Jye and I were sitting down at café brunch date no. 24 or 25 and Jye said to me that we should do a blog. He had been talking about doing one himself since café no. 15 so he invited me along for the ride, therefore here we are. Let me do a quick introduction and then we can get on to the fun stuff, because when is brunch ever not fun. Are you getting old when brunch in the weekend is something you look forward to? Because I could brunch date the weekend away if my wallet would let me. I’m lucky I’ve found the perfect person who not only likes to come with me but whole-heartedly encourages it. It was a struggle when we lived in London and going out anywhere for food would cost half your pay check but I concur.
A little bit about our backgrounds in hospitality and maybe why we have grown such snobbery towards a cheeky flat white.
Jye here – I got my first job as a barista when I was 15 at the Australian version of Starbucks, Gloria Jeans. Now let’s be honest, not the greatest establishment for coffee but I can never pass up on an ice chocolate and fielded experience in making coffee not only here at home but in New Zealand and the UK. Like most coffee novices I moved my way through the cycle of hot chocolates > mochas > flavoured lattes > and briefly being a pain in the ass in asking for a flavoured flat white before settling in on a regular flat white – now back to Kate.
My first introduction into the coffee scene was when I was 19 and got my first job in a café, not as a barista but it showed me that was where I aimed to be. I would sip my way through long blacks and fancy filtered coffee in one of the most awesome coffee scenes around, Wellington NZ.
My next move to Sydney, Australia gave me the chance to fool my next employee into giving me a proper barista position with the basic skills I had. It worked and I’ve been learning and gaining more experience ever since. After working in the coffee industry in London, NZ and Sydney, I’m now comfortably settled as head barista in the Sydney CBD continuing to indulge in all opportunities for coffee snobbery.
A Couple of Coffee Snobs hopes we can give you some good tips and heads up on where you too should brunch in Sydney with a dash of humour, a few stories and personality.
Thanks for dropping by!