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Caffeinating the masses: Kapiti’s coffee cart finds new home to train youth

Zeal’s mobile coffee cart is parked up at Paraparauma College this school term, where students will learn the fine art of caffeinating their friends with flat whites and long blacks.

For the next school term, six high school students will be trained in barista skills by our coffee extraordinaire Andrew. In first four weeks, the students will go through intensive training, opening for business for the final six weeks of term to sell coffee to their peers (and teachers!).

Our Gateway programmes are designed to give youth industry standard, real world experience in creative skills, with many of our students scoring jobs in local cafes after graduating. 
In August, students from the Barista course got their first taste of real world experience, running the coffee cart at the prestigious Wellington On a Plate festival at their Kāpiti pop up event.
Research has shown that positive mental health is directly related to having spaces of belonging and mastering skills. Through training young people, we hope to provide opportuities of independence and giving back to our community.

Read more from Zeal Kāpiti:

In August, we saw the 17 day travelling celebration of the best food the region has to offer hit Kāpiti – with live music courtesy of the Zeal Kāpiti crew!

Zeal has secured almost $1,000,000 of funding to open our newest facility in Kāpiti – continuing our mission of inspiring every young New Zealander through creativity.