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ONLY Coffee Making Training Institute Specialising in Helping Domestic
Coffee Machine Users Create Café Style Coffees At Home…
Rita Zhang, Home Barista Institute
Rita began her hospitality careers as the owner of a café in
the Melbourne inner suburb of Kensington. It was there that the talent and passion
for creating wonderful coffees blossomed.
Rita then moved into the heart of Melbourne city, where
she established Knock Box, named after the tool of trade. It was an espresso
bar specialising in coffee and baguettes. However, in the heart of the CBD,
she was faced with fierce competition and the challenge to stand out from an
immense crowd of coffee destinations. All too familiar was the story of a $1.50
latte that cured the “need for caffeine” but left an awful taste in the mouth
and needed three sugars to become drinkable. Realising she was different
because of her knowledge and passion for a great coffee, Rita then began
running interactive ‘coffee appreciation’ courses in the city cafe. These
courses were aimed at educating people on how to tell the difference between a
good and bad coffee, what makes a beautiful brew, how to extract the perfect
espresso, texture silky creamy milk, and create impressive coffee art.
The response was overwhelming. People poured in from all
over Melbourne to learn. Students included people who were passionate about
coffee, those who wanted to learn more about the coffee art, those who were
thinking of buying a domestic machine and those who wanted to gain better
results at home. Some students even include café owners/operators.
Rita quickly realised she had tapped into a massive gap in
the market. People want to buy and learn how to use a domestic machine. But
which type? What brand? How do you create café quality coffees at home?
Rita, no longer able to meet the demand for courses at Knock
box, was inspired to find her niche in the domestic coffee market.
Home Barista Institute was born from a passion for excellent
coffee and endeavours to share this passion and knowledge with the domestic