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Third in New Zealand for Wellington barista Continued from page 1. Frank was competing against 16 other baristas, all aspiring to be best in New Zealand. The championships were held at L’affare Roastery in Wellington on Saturday and Sunday, and saw Dove Chen from Hamilton take out top spot. As part of his performance, Frank had to make three coffees in each heat – one espresso; one milk-based coffee; and his
signature coffee, an espresso infused with special tea and syrup. Frank began working towards the championships in January this year to make sure he had a coffee that was good enough. “To do well you need to know your coffee like you know a person.” He worked with Red Rabbit Coffee Co to create his competition coffee, with the beans com-
ing from Yirgacheffe, Ethiopia. “We’ve been buying our coffee from Red Rabbit Coffee Co since day one and the team are really good at what they do.” Frank hopes to release some of his competition-grade coffee in his shop so that his customers have a chance to taste what “really good coffee” is like. He said the coffee you get in cafés was often commercially produced.
However, what he used in the show was a micro-batch of top quality coffee. “It means our customers can enjoy the new coffee because it’s all about the experience and the craft of the drink – sort of like fine dining.” This was not the first time Frank had pitted his coffee skills against the best, in 2009 he placed ninth in New Zealand. In 2010, he was fourth in Wellington.
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Equipped with crayons, oil colours, pencils, acrylics and – in a more modern manner – tablets, hobby artist from around Wellington gather once a week to paint and draw portraits. The Portrait Club was founded by Martin Jenkins who welcomes everyone, from beginners to professional artists, to the Karori Arts and Crafts Centre for a two-hour session with life models. “We have been running the Portrait Club for over eight years,” Martin said. “Some of the artists are regulars here, some come from time to time, and now and then we have young new faces.” Martin used to organise outdoor painting groups. However, he liked trying new things, he said. “Painting portraits is quite a specialised art, and there weren’t any groups in Wellington before we started the one in Karori.” Each week Martin invites a new person to be their model for the session. “We have friends and family
Model Andrea Cootes and her cockatoo Ipo Kai. PHOTO: Julia Czerwonatis
members coming or people who like being models. “I try and get models of different ethnicities and skin tones, and different ages so we can practise painting with different colours and shapes.” Martin said, they were a very social group, and all enjoyed a good chat during their tea and
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biscuit break. John Hamlin has been coming to the portrait sessions for two months, however, his painting record traces back over 30 years. “I enjoy capturing specific characteristics of a face. Everyone is different,” John said. Martin explained while everybody was welcome to the
sessions it could be uncomfortable for absolute beginners and recommended to take an introductory course first. The Portrait Club meets each Monday 7.30-9.30pm at the Karori Arts and Crafts Centre, 7 Beauchamp Street. It’s $8 or $6 for KACC members.
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