Coffee project provides fresh incentive

PUBLISHED : Friday, 11 March, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 11 March, 2005, 12:00am

More than 70 university students will get together this Sunday to learn how to make a fresh cup of coffee at a workshop organised by a group of City University (CityU) undergraduates.

The Make Your Own Coffee Workshop is a joint effort by Paris Cafe and three CityU Year Two students taking the Associate Degree of Arts in English for Professional Communication - Iris Luk, Wendy Kwok and Queenie Ho. It will be held at the Mongkok branch of the cafe chain.

It is also the last event of the Paris Cafe? That's Life! (C'est la vie!) programme, which was launched last October with the Bloody Paris Halloween party.

The team has also published the Magic Book, which covers the cafe's history and drinks and food offered by the chain.

On Sunday, there will be a mini-lecture and demonstration of how to make a perfect cup of coffee by Paris Cafe manager and local coffee expert Banny Lam. Mr Lam has worked for a number of top hotels in Hong Kong.

Participants will also have the opportunity to make their own cup of freshly brewed coffee, as well as take part in a blind taste test.

The programme is the final-year project of the three students.

It aims to give them a chance to apply what they have learned from the course to real-life situations.

'To be honest, we were not aware of the cafe until we started planning for the project,' said Iris.

'Coffee shops have become popular hangouts for young people. Paris Cafe has been doing very well and there are now 20 branches, so we decided to do something to promote them.

'It wasn't easy when we first approached them. They are very busy and we had difficulties getting hold

of them.'

Iris said they learned a lot through the programme.

'It has been quite tough. We had to do everything on our own - from writing proposals and press releases to designing posters and decorating the venue,' she said. 'But we have learned a lot, such as communication and event management skills. It has been a wonderful experience for us.'

Promotional posters have been posted at eight tertiary institutions and the feedback has been good, the students said. 'We originally planned one session for 40 people. But we had to add another one and so far we have had 70 reservations,' Iris added.

'We hope they will enjoy the workshop and their own cup of coffee.'