Noosa District State High School Year 11 Social and Community Studies students learnt about working as a barista firsthand from Cooroy's Fox and Hound Lachlan Brown.
A number of students in the Social and Community Studies class are studying and working in hospitality and are keen to develop their coffee making skills, with some especially interested in latte art.
Mr Brown advised the students who are still undecided as to the career pathway they will embark upon after high school to take some time out from study and try their hand at some jobs that interest them.
"It's a good idea to try out a variety of jobs after school to work out where your passions lie and what you are skilled at and enjoy," Mr Brown said.
The students were also told to meet and mingle with people in industries that they have an interest in.
"You never know where networking can lead. It was through knowing Richie that we were able to get Fox and Hound into Richie's Bakery at Cooroy," Mr Brown said.
The class were keen to know if customers were judged by baristas on their coffee orders, but Mr Brown said that his team were professional and saw making the customer happy and wanting to return as the key priority.
"Personally, my favourite coffee is a latte, where you can taste a nice balance of coffee and milk, but each to their own. Everyone is entitled to their own personal preference," Mr Brown said.
Mr Brown's presentation was an interesting insight into a job market the Sunshine Coast is becoming famous for, with many travelling great distances for coffee on the coast.
"Most people don't know this, but the Sunshine Coast is Australia's second most popular coffee destination in Australia, after Melbourne," Mr Brown said.
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