Barista of the Week… Gwylfa Hunt, barista at Cowderoy’s Dairy, 14 Cowderoy Street, St Kilda
The Coffee Guide (TCG): If you weren’t a barista what would you be?
Gwylfa: I’d be an interior designer or photographer or anything creative and hands on.
TCG: How do you have your coffee at home? How do you make it and how do you take it?
Gwylfa: There are so many local cafes near where we live there’s no need for me to make coffee at home. But I’d have a Tulip or piccolo.
TCG: What is your favourite music?
Gwylfa: Too hard to pick a favorite, but lately I have been loving Fly My Prettys, a New Zealand band, I saw them in concert a month ago, amazing!
TCG: What’s your favourite food?
Gwylfa: I love great food, so anything prepared with a bit of heart is great. Mexican is my current love affair, the food is so fresh and vibrant.
TCG: Tell us what your best (or first) coffee experience was.
Gwylfa: My best coffee experience would be after putting up race signage in the dark and cold very early in the morning and going into Joes Garage in Queenstown, for the first coffee of the day. Wrapping cold hands around a steaming cup of coffee is heaven.
TCG: If you’re not drinking coffee, what is your drink of choice?
Gwylfa: Cider, Apple or Pear suits me fine, so refreshing on a hot day.
TCG: What made you become a barista?
Gwylfa: Because no matter where in the world you are, someone is going to need
a good coffee.
TCG: What food do you think is the best compliment to a really great coffee?
Gwylfa: A great croissant, it’s the perfect combination and doesn’t overpower the coffee.
TCG: How many coffees would you make in the average day?
Gwylfa: 100-200, but I’m not too sure. It all becomes a blur; I just use the ever-decreasing pile of takeaway cups as a guide.
TCG: What’s the largest amount of coffees you have made in a day?
Gwylfa: Probably around 200, but it could be higher.
TCG: What has been your favourite moment as a barista? Is there one story that only happened to you because you are a barista?
Gwylfa: My favorite moments are customer feedback. It’s lovely to hear that people appreciate your work.
TCG: What is the most exciting thing happening in coffee right now for you?
Gwylfa: The rise of Fair Trade Coffee
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?
Gwylfa: I’d love to sit and have an Allpress coffee in Queenstown on my way up the ski field for a day, or somewhere in South America.
TCG: If you could make coffee for one other person of your choice (anyone- past or present), who would it be and what coffee would you make them?
Gwylfa: I’d make coffee for my parents and family, they haven’t had the chance to
sample one of my coffees yet.
TCG: Where is your favourite place to hang out in Melbourne?
Gwylfa: Is a café on Tuesday mornings with my fiancé, we are slowly working our way through all of the cafes south of the Yarra. It could take awhile.
TCG: What is your guilty pleasure?
Gwylfa: Curling up with a good book, and realising half the day has slipped away.
TCG: What’s your favourite time of the year?
Gwylfa: Tricky question, in Melbourne I like Autumn, the days are still and warm and the evenings are lovely and crisp.
TCG: What are you reading right now?
Gwylfa: The last book I read was The Slap.
TCG: What is your favourite thing to do in Summer?
Gwylfa: Chill out at the beach or catch up with friends for a BBQ.
TCG: What is your favourite movie of all time?
TCG: Where did you grow up? And what is your fondest childhood memory?
Gwylfa: I grew up in New Zealand’s South Island, the best memories are of my sister and I playing outside together, we pretty much roamed free along the lakefront.
TCG: What did you do on your last day off?
Gwylfa: I went out for breaky at St Edmonds in Prahran, then did some design work on the computer.
TCG: In a good cup of coffee, how much of it is due to the barista and how much is due to the beans?
Gwylfa: It’s a combination of both, you can’t have one without the other.
TCG: Is decaf a dirty word?
Gwylfa: Not at all.
TCG: Is specialty tea the new cappuccino?
Gwylfa: It is heading that way, it’s great to have more options available to for all our customers.
TCG: What is your favourite kind of tea?
Gwylfa: I like the non-teas, herbal teas and tisanes.