Comment tu t’appelles? He’s fun, fierce and fabulous – we meet Tumai, L’Assiette’s Beyoncé-loving barista.

Consider this an ode to those who breathe life into our mornings and possess the magic power to make everything better with a double shot of coffee. An army clad in aprons, the baristas of Britomart get the spotlight in this series of Words With Friends, where we meet the people behind the machines.

Tumai – Barista at L’Assiette

What’s the weirdest coffee-related request you’ve ever had?
I’ve been doing this a long time, nothing surprises me.

Finish this sentence: Every barista should be able to make…
…Customers happy!

What’s the best part of your job?
Being me.

What’s a good road trip song?
Any song by Beyoncé.

What’s one thing on the menu here that we must try?
Beef Bourguignon is my favourite and the salted caramel crepe for dessert.

What/where was your first job?
Barista at Palate (in Hamilton).

Latte art: yay or nay?
Yay and nay – it’s what’s on the inside that counts!

Can you describe your life outside of work in three words?
Fun, fierce and fabulous!

Enjoy L’Assiette’s $40pp set Restaurant Month lunch menu throughout August:
Entrée – French Onion soup
Main – Boeuf Bourguignon and a glass of Figure Libre Freestyle red wine
Dessert – any crêpe of your choice