Trainee baristas get the cream meeting Tower Hamlets’ mayor for a ‘Well Grounded’ coffee in Poplar

Karwan Aminey from Limehouse enjoys walking three miles a day to work as a barista in Old Street. Pi

Karwan Aminey from Limehouse enjoys walking three miles a day to work as a barista in Old Street. Picture source: Poplar Harca - Credit: Poplar Harca

Youngsters training to become professional barista expert coffee makers spilt the beans when the Mayor of Tower Hamlets dropped into their “school for baristas”.

Daniella Lalgie... hoping to own her own café one day. Picture source: Poplar Harca

Daniella Lalgie... hoping to own her own café one day. Picture source: Poplar Harca - Credit: Poplar Harca

They poured a cup for John Biggs when he arrived at the Well Grounded training academy at Poplar’s Spotlight creative youth space.

The academy tackles unemployment by training young people to work as professional baristas and introducing them to 40 employers across London, creating “the next wave of talent” for the coffee industry.

The Mayor was shown by Well Grounded’s founder Eve Wagg how training for the coffee industry was helping create jobs.

Well Grounded’s founder Eve Wagg shows mayor how jobs are created in coffee industry.Picture source:

Well Groundeds founder Eve Wagg shows mayor how jobs are created in coffee industry.Picture source: Poplar Harca - Credit: Poplar Harca

He also met three graduates of the programme now working in the industry.


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Karwan Aminy enjoys his daily walk from Limehouse to Old Street for his job at Ozone Coffee Roasters.

The academy based at Poplar Housing and Regeneration organisation’s Spotlight centre has got 100 people through its training and employment programme, accredited by the Specialty Coffee Association, with eight-out-of-10 trainees becoming baristas.

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