Barista-in-training Chuda Khanal locks his eyes on the nonfat decaf latte he’s constructing while trainer Alisa Melville hovers.
“I’m trying to get them to do latte art,” Melville said about the three students behind the counter at Emily’s Coffee, a new espresso shop at 1261 Glenarm Place created by the Language Learning Center of Emily Griffith Technical College. The three students, Bhutan refugees who were relocated to the United States from camps in Nepal, took a one-month course to learn job skills and U.S. workforce orientation.
Khanal uses a steady hand to carefully pour the steamed milk on top of the espresso.
“Keep it lower,” Melville tells him. “How you judge a good coffee shop is by latte art.”
Khanal successfully free pours a steamy squiggle on top of the drink. He smiles shyly as he hands the visitor his creation. It’s a proud moment.
Khanal and his pal and countryman Keshav Nepal are among a handful of Bhutan refugees training at the espresso shop. Their goal is to land jobs at a local coffee spot as a solid step toward independent living in the city that offered them an escape from the overcrowded camps in Nepal where they had been for roughly 20 years.
In Keshav Nepal’s case, his father and brother already lived in Denver, so it made sense for Lutheran Family Services of Colorado — the agency that sponsored relocation for him, his wife and 9-year- old child — to send him here.
“This is a new thing for me,” Nepal said about the barista training. “It’s like an art to me.”
Because of the Emily’s Coffee training and in partnership with the agency Pathways to Employment, Nepal has been offered a job at a Starbucks in Denver International Airport.
His ultimate goal is to become part of the transition team at Emily Griffith for refugees going through the job- training program.
“I had to go through the pain that refugees have to go through,” he said.
Emily’s Coffee offers a full espresso bar from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday. Info: emilyscoffee.com.
Yip, Yip hooray.
Denver- based real estate investors Jimmy and Linda Yip have been included among Forbes Asia magazine’s list of 48 big givers who support Asian causes, “from helping earthquake victims to sending poor kids to college.”
Forbes lauded the Yips for starting the Nathan Yip Foundation after losing their son in a 2001 traffic accident: “Active in Haiti and Mexico, but mainly in China, the couple opens schools, many in rural areas, builds dormitories and funds scholarships.”
Tax men and women wanted.
The Piton Foundation is recruiting experienced tax preparers to volunteer at free income-tax assistance sites at metro-area colleges for low-income households.
Piton, a foundation funded by the Gary-Williams Co. to develop programs that improve economic and educational situations for low-income families, and the Colorado Community College System will offer free tax-assistance sites at 15 colleges statewide through April 15.
Volunteers are needed Saturdays and/or evenings. Call Paul Hammeke, 303-825-6246.
Want to rub elbows with Denver’s top testosterone titans? You can meet and mingle with the likes of Charlie Gallagher, Bob Kaufman, Gary Kortz, Bob Malone and Steven Toltz during the 38th annual Denver Men’s Event, a benefit for AMC Cancer beginning at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 7 at Morton’s, 1710 Wynkoop.
The evening includes complimentary valet parking, a cocktail reception, steak dinner, door prizes and a live auction. Tickets are $750. Contact Ellen Robinson, 303-698-1151 or email@example.com.
Two women talking about a recent encounter with a man at a Denver bar:
“You kissed a Republican?”
Penny Parker’s column appears Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. Call her at 303-954-5224 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Article source: http://www.denverpost.com/pennyparker/ci_19221358