First Deaf Barista competes on SCASA stage

Thursday, 7 November, 2019

History was made in Durban, South Africa 7th November 2019, as Karabo Motla became the first deaf barista to compete at a SCASA competition and perhaps the first deaf barista in the world to take the step on to this platform. He poured some beautiful latte art and we couldn’t be prouder of his bravery and his drive to be a leader for this community.  

Huge congratulations to Ciro Beverage Solutions and in particular Lani Snyman and her team who are so dedicated to changing lives through coffee. The volunteers at this competition are all also trainee deaf baristas, amazing!

Thank you to eDeaf for sponsoring an interpreter so that the judges and MC could interact with Karabo. You may or may not know that interpreters are allowed at the World Coffee Events competitions. Karabo is an ambitious young human, who knows, maybe one day we will see him on the world's biggest coffee stage!

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