BRINGING more than 10 years’ experience in the hospitality industry with her, Rie Moustakas hasopened a cafe in Butler with her mother Aliz Loy.
Mrs Moustakas has both won and judged barista competitions in Australia and Asia, including 2014 when she became the Australia latte art champion, and came fourth in the world.
Earlier this year, she opened My Hungry Bear Cafe at the Lukin Centre, using one of her coffee froth designs to inspire their logo.
“We have have been searching for a place to open a cafe for many years,” Mrs Moustakas said.
“We thought Butler would be a great place to open.
“We want to create a family friendly space where locals can get good coffee, food and service, at a decent price.
“Our chef is very experienced and passionate about food – she tries to have something for everyone, from a huge ‘Papa Bear’ breakfast, healthy choices, $10 lunch specials, ice cream, kid’s menu, and house made cakes.
“We also have a kids corner as we know its tricky for mums with young kids to find a cafe they can relax in.
“Our coffee is roasted in Perth by Blacklist Coffee Roasters, who ethically source quality beans. They also provide barista training to ensure we are representing their coffee well.
“We have two coffee options – a house blend that’s great for milk coffees, and a single origin which changes every couple of weeks, where people can try coffee from one origin such as Ethiopia, Colombia, India, El Salvador, and Brazil.”
Mrs Moustakas also works as head barista trainer a Blacklist Coffee Roasters’ coffee school, which involves travel.
“I judge competitions and train others,” she said.