From Books to Barista -Sinjon Wicks

From Books to Barista -Sinjon Wicks

Like many people trying to make a break into the job market after university, Sinjon Wicks spent countless nights debating the career question, whether to take up a career that fulfilled his creative side, rather than sitting behind a computer for 8 hours a day. In a recent chat over coffee, Sinjon explained the fortunate circumstances that led to his “Barista-hood”!
“Fortunately for me, I had Terbodore Coffee Roasters. Terbodore was started by Marian Macaskill in 2004 while as a hobby while she worked as an estate agent for Pam Golding. Over the last eleven years the business has grown from roasting coffee in a small shed, supplying local restaurants and hotels – to opening a second roastery in Franschoek and supplying coffee to retail outlets like Pick ‘n Pay and Spar, restaurants and hotels across the country.

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Barista Sinjon Wicks

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I began working for Terbodore part-time while studying at UKZN in Pietermaritzburg and quickly found out just how exciting and vibrant the speciality coffee industry could be. The daily coffee rituals had always been important in our house growing up, so I was no stranger to a little bit of caffeine, but like many people I was very much unaware of how complex and nuanced coffee
production as well as the art of brewing it could be. Rather than following a path into English studies, when I finished my final year I decided to join the Terbodore team on a full-time basis.
After hundreds of hours practising and more coffees than I can count, I was able to start serving the general public. I found that the process of coffee production and brewing provided me with the perfect means of being creative within a young and vibrant industry.”
Sinjon is excited that the perception of what constitutes “real” coffee has changed drastically in the country over the last ten years, partially due to the global phenomenon that the coffee culture has become. People are eager to learn about coffee, experience new coffee and experiment with different processing/roasting and brewing methods.
With specific reference to the KZN Midlands, he says “there has never been a more exciting time for the coffee industry, with new artisanal roasteries opening in the area, as well as an incredibly high standard of coffee being produced from coffee shops and restaurants between Nottingham Road and Pietermaritzburg.

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Terbodore Rusks

Events like the annual Cafe Society Cappuccino competition and the SCASA (Speciality Coffee
Association of South Africa) regional and national barista championships provide an excellent platform for growth and a little bit of spirited competition.”