Harjeet Sembhi puts the ‘bar’ in barista.
The 26-year-old basketball fanatic has recently switched mixing drinks to making coffees, and he’s now the head barista at Seasons Cafe’s newest location – the site of the new Barwon Water building.
During his time as a bartender, Harjeet learned to love coffee – the smells, the art, and the taste – and it inspired him to pursue the barista life as a profession. Now he’s “addicted”!
Harjeet beams as he explains the amazing feedback around the new Seasons Cafe coffee in its first few weeks of operation. “The coffee blend we’re using now is perfect; it’s mild, it’s not strong,” he says. “The variety of people that we attract with this coffee is huge: young and old. Everybody loves it. This blend is perfect for the palate.”
This is Seasons Cafe’s third location in Geelong, complementing its shops at genU Business Enterprises in Douro St, North Geelong, and the Eastern Hub community centre in McKillop St, East Geelong. The cafes are owned and operated by genU and provide supported employment for people with a disability.
Harjeet knew about genU’s involvement with the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and feels privileged to be able to work within such a space. “It’s very entrusting, to be honest, because working with people with a disability requires a lot of skill and a lot of patience and that’s kind of a learning curve for me.”
Pop in for coffee or cake at Seasons Cafe Central Geelong.
Barwon Water Building 61-67 Ryrie St
Geelong VIC 3220
7:00am – 3pm Weekdays
Phone: (03) 5245 1777