LOVE YOU LOCAL: KIVAHAN

Tell us a bit about your cafe?
Kivahan is an organic café dedicated to brining you the finest coffee from around the world straight to your cup. Kivahan is Turkish for “coffee house” and is named after the first café that opened in Turkey in 1475! We roast in house so that you can experience every aspect of coffee!
 
What is your position and how big is your team?
I am the store manager and I have a wonderful team of seven!
 
What is the best part about your job?
The best part of the job is the ability to improve someone’s day! Not just by giving you a hit of caffeine but also pumping you up for the rest of your day. It’s so rewarding when your customers are genuinely happy to see you.
 
What is the most unusual / funny request you have had from a customer?
Coffee is such a personal thing, so we are happy to make any request. But I think the strangest thing was a customer asking to buy one of our work shirts!
 
What is the most popular item on the menu at the moment?
Our Coffee!!
 
What is your favourite menu item?
Our fresh baked pastries! We have an array of croissants and danishes that we bake in store everyday
 
How do you like your coffee?
I love a double shot flat white on lactose free milk. Or in summer a strong iced latte!
 
What makes Gasworks Plaza a part of the community?
I’ve lived in Newstead since 2012 and its been amazing seeing the community and Gasworks grow. Not only is it a fantastic place to work but I absolutely love living here too!
 
What do you like to do in your spare time?
Any spare time is dedicated to cooking. I love cooking for my family and friends and writing new recipes!
 
What was your first job?
My first job was McDonalds. I think the training structure within McDonalds is fantastic and a great way to learn the responsibilities necessary to progress in hospitality.

Interview with Charlee Manaley, manager of Kivahan. 

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