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Impacting the community

with barista maria

June 29, 2023

In this series, we take a look at the amazing work being accomplished by members of our community. These are the game-changers, the inspirational leaders, and the passion-driven individuals who are changing our community, our health and our planet.

Q. Introduce yourself: tell us who you are and what you do at Impact Kitchen.

A: Hello! My name is Maria, a Colombian coffee lover! I work at Impact Queens Quay as a Barista and Manager On Duty (MOD).

Q. What has your journey at Impact looked like & what has been the highlight to date?

A. I started as a Barista two months ago, I am very passionate about coffee. Last month I began working as a MOD. Everything has been excellent, it has been a pleasant journey with good colleagues, an excellent work environment with lots of learnings.

Q. What is your favourite thing about your role?

A. One of my favorite things about my role is the relationship with customers. I have always been a big fan of working in customer service, it is fundamental in any business. As a Barista and MOD, I think good communication and empathy are essential when navigating any situation. I am a lover of good coffee and at Impact Kitchen, the coffee is excellent quality, which makes working with it one of the things that I like the most!

Q. Outside of work, what lights you up? What are some of your hobbies & interests?

A. Outside of my job, I really like to dance, play tennis, read and spend time with my dog. In the summer, I really like to go for walks and try new restaurants. I also enjoy spending time at home, cooking and watching TV.

Q. Impacting the community is important to our team, what does ‘community’ mean to you?

A. Community means being part of a place, belonging to a place and not feeling pressured to change. At Impact the community is amazing, both with the employees and the customers. The community that is created at Impact is health-orientated and that makes working here every day more enjoyable!

Q. What is your favourite Impact Kitchen menu item & why?

A. My favourite items on the menu are without a doubt the Hero Power Bowl with salmon, a Turmeric Sunshine Tonic plus a good coffee. The Hero with salmon has everything, from vegetables, carbohydrates and protein, it’s balanced and equally delicious.

Q. How do you strive to make an Impact every day?

A. To make an impact every day, I need discipline and consistency in all the things I do. I always seek to take care of myself both physically and mentally. I have diabetes so my personal "impact" is to take care of myself day by day and to maintain a balanced lifestyle. Working at Impact has helped me achieve my goals easily because of the high-quality food that always hits the spot!

We look forward to introducing you to more members of our community who are making an Impact every day.


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