We first met Tatiana and her business partner, Hussain when they drove up to Auckland from their home base in Te Awamutu to try our coffee. From there we had the pleasure of watching the two of them grow that seed of an idea into a busy 7 day a week cafe in the heart of their community - Sabor
. Tatiana has over 15 years experience as a barista and has trained baristas in Auckland as well as develop a seriously successful Barista Training series in the Waikato.
We asked Tatiana a few questions about life since Sabor; Sabor means flavour in her native language Portuguese.
Can you describe what the first day at Sabor was like for you?
It was an awesome day with delicious food, coffee, music and entertainment. We had such a great turn out, it was a dream come true!
What’s your go-to home coffee preparation method? Or where do you get your caffeine fix on your days off?
Who’s the most fascinating Sabor has connected you with?
I don't drink coffee at home! I got to a little espresso bar called Empire Espresso
. I don't have many days off these days but whenever I get free time...
My business partner Hussain.. he is just out of this world.. in a good way!
What's something about your job that people might be surprised to know about?
I literally do it because I love it! It's not a necessity, it's a passion and I think that's why Sabor is doing so well. It comes from the heart, it's my happy place.
Outside of Sabor, what do you enjoy doing?
I love having a drink with friends (Rum & Coke hehe) and just catching up with everyone.
What's your favourite part of your days at Sabor/of the job in general?
Every part of it, it's always pumping - the atmosphere is always great.
Find Tatiana on the machine, or working away in the back of house, at Sabor
- 3a Selwyn Lane, Te Awamutu.