john mccutcheon

A baristas dream machine

THE daily grind just got a lot easier for barista trainees at the Tom Quinn Community Centre thanks to the help of seven Rotary clubs around the region.

The barista and hospitality trainees at TQ's Cafe had been using second-hand donated coffee machines, but trainer Leigh Francis said the small one-wand machine in the past had made it hard to teach teams of up to 10 and keep up with order demand.

Ms Francis described the new machine, which retails for $6000 and required ordering from Brisbane, as "turbo wand".

"We love it. We can pump out about five coffees in five minutes, which is fantastic," Ms Francis said.

"With the two wands, we can do training while pumping out coffees for our customers as well."

Ms Francis said the single-wand machine had been "really hard and stressful" to use and teach trainees.

Rotary Club of Bundaberg City Daybreak president and Salvation Army Tom Quinn Community Centre social inclusion co-ordinator Moe Turaga said the new machine meant "a hell of a lot" to the trainees.

"It's busy five days a week here," Mr Turaga said.

"Before (this machine) we could have people lining right back to the road waiting for their coffee.

"But now we can provide very good-quality service and good coffee as well."

Mr Turaga said the centre may be able to take on more trainees with the capabilities of the bigger machine.

Rotary Club of Bundaberg City Daybreak vice- president Carol Cullen said the money was raised through many sausage sizzles and cent sales.

"We do a lot of fundraising," she said.



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