They’re qualified to create great coffees

Saturday July 14, 2018 Written by Published in Local
From left: Kahu Harkness, Creative Centre principal Rodger Harkness, Jordan Cliff ord, Teokotai Koronui and Caroline Medway-Smith. 18070909 From left: Kahu Harkness, Creative Centre principal Rodger Harkness, Jordan Cliff ord, Teokotai Koronui and Caroline Medway-Smith. 18070909

Three members of the Creative Centre are now fully qualified baristas.

Kahu Harkness, Jordan Clifford and Teokotai Koronui completed the course through the Cook Islands Tertiary Training Institute (CITTI)

And CITTI director Caroline Medway-Smith said she was very impressed with how all three took on the challenge.

“I am so thrilled for the boys; they all rose to the challenge and were all incredibly ‘switched on’ across the four-week course.

“All three of them produced some of the best coffees from our group and seeing the way they were supported by the rest of the group was the ultimate in inclusive education.”

Creative Centre principal Rodger Harkness who also took part in the course, said the boys were far more confident to tackle the coffee machine than he was.

“When I had to step up to the machine I was a little unsure, but the boys just jumped straight in, no problems whatsoever”.

Having Creative Centre members take part in similar courses was all about improving their social interaction with the community, Harkness added.

And with three trained baristas in its ranks, the Creative Centre would look at adding coffee to their already thriving business.

Meanwhile, Harkness says he is enjoying plenty of latte coffees after bringing a new espresso machine back from New Zealand last month.

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