Barista of the Week… Murat Kum
Barista at Cafe Centro,
Shop 139 Rowe Street, Eastwood
The Coffee Guide (TCG): What coffee do you use at work?
Murat: We use Mecca.
TCG: If you weren’t a barista what would you be?
Murat: If I wasn’t a barista I’d be selling million dollar houses. I have a passion for real estate.
TCG: How do you have your coffee at home? How do you make it and how do you take it?
Murat: Aero press. Black
TCG: What’s the best thing about your job- the one thing that you really love aside from the coffee?
Murat: Meeting new and interesting people.
TCG: What is your favourite music? (For work or for play).
Murat: Funky beats.
TCG: What’s your favourite food?
Murat: My wife’s fish pie. It’s bloody tasty!
TCG: Tell us what your best (or first) coffee experience was.
Murat: The best drop I’ve had to date is the Ethiopian Chelba from Mecca.
TCG: If you’re not drinking coffee, what is your drink of choice?
Murat: Caprioska. So refreshing and easy to drink – dangerous!
TCG: What made you become a barista?
Murat: My true love for coffee. I love drinking it, but most of all I love making it. Every cup has to be made to perfection.
TCG: Do people often try and chat you up at work? Have you ever taken the offer up?
Murat: Yes, Quite often. One woman did sweep me off my feet. I am now happily married to her.
TCG: What food do you think is the best compliment to a really great coffee?
Murat: None. I believe coffee should be drunk on its own to appreciate the real flavour.
TCG: How many coffees would you make in the average day?
Murat: 550-600 cups.
TCG: What’s the largest amount of coffees you have made in a day?
Murat: Just over 900 cups.
TCG: Does your coffee style (or how you drink it) say something about you?
Murat: I’m very consistent in my method. I’m a perfectionist.
TCG: Who would make a better coffee, King Kong or Godzilla?’
Murat: King Kong.
TCG: Where has your coffee making taken you?
Murat: America, the 2011 Oscar’s. I made coffee for all the stars on the red carpet.
TCG: What is the most exciting thing happening in coffee right now for you?
Murat: I’m really enjoying the single origins coming through.
TCG: If you could pick one spot in the world to sit and have a coffee, where would it be and what coffee would you have?
Murat: Rome and an espresso. One of my fondest memories traveling.
TCG: What’s your next big plan?
Murat: Renovating my house.
TCG: Where is your favourite place to hang out in Sydney?
Murat: North Bondi, on a summer day.
TCG: What did you do on your last day off?
Murat: Went for a 70km bike ride.
TCG: In a good cup of coffee, how much of it is due to the barista and how much is due to the beans?
Murat: It’s 50/50.
TCG: Is decaf a dirty word?
Murat: It sure is!
TCG: What is your favourite alternate brewing method?
Murat: I’m a bit old school… nothing beats espresso.