Late last year, A Bunch of Caffeine Dealers (ABCD) School of Coffee opened its doors to offer barista training to young people from SOS Children’s Villages Indonesia. The coffee school is located in the hip Pasar Santa market in South Jakarta. Each month, four places are reserved to SOS young people.
The first group of SOS young people to join the School of Coffee came from SOS Children’s Village Jakarta and Lembang. They were enrolled in the course From Zero to Cappuccino. The training consisted of four sessions, which spelt out the acronym of their name – ABCD. The first being, “Appreciation (A)” where the students learned the basics of coffee, such as the types of coffee beans and the history of the industry. The second session was all about “Brewing (B)”; and the third, focused on “Cupping (C)” techniques. In the final session, “Definitive Espresso Class (D)”, participants made espressos and cappuccinos decorated with heart-shaped foam.
Founder of ABCD School of Coffee, Ve Handojo, explains that training the students from SOS Children’s Villages Indonesia was a rewarding experience. He went on to say that each participant has their own uniqueness.
“Nisa, for instance, has expensive taste for enjoying coffee. She cannot enjoy the low-grade and commercial coffee,” says Ve. “Rafi also showcased great talent. He was able to create a beautiful heart-shaped foam latte in his first attempt of making a cappuccino. And, Ariel has really showed flair in becoming a barista.
Life after the coffee training
After completing the training, Rafi had the opportunity to demonstrate his brewing skills at an event organized by SOS Children’s Villages to commemorate the 2004 tsunami. Rafi skillfully explained the basic principles of manual brewing to the audience. His level of skill led him to a position at the ABCD School of Coffee.
Rafi also had a chance to help Ve run a coffee shop in Bali. He was hired to train manual brewing to the staff while he was a barista in the shop. Rafi is currently preparing to open his own coffee shop with some of his friends.
So far, the charity initiative has trained 16 young people from SOS Villages in Indonesia.
When young people from our Villages each a certain age, many of them move to an SOS youth home with others their own age. They have the oppotunity to develop their interests and new skills. Learn what life is like after living at an SOS Village.