Bay barista hated the brew before creating 'The Magic'
TYLER PASK never thought he'd end up a coffee lover.
The 22-year-old Oakhurst man came fourth in the Australian Speciality Coffee Association Northern Regional Barista competition on the weekend.
Originally from Melbourne, Tyler said he hated the dark brew before he began making it.
"I had never been to a coffee shop while I was living in Melbourne," he said.
But that all changed when Tyler moved to Thursday Island to accompany his partner, now the mother of his two children.
Tyler set up his own cafe on the tiny island before the couple moved back to the Australian mainland, this time to Oakhurst.
"When I saw how much passion one of my bosses here had for coffee, it just caught on," he said.
Now coffee making is Tyler's life and his mission is to make Fraser Coast residents fall in love with top quality java.
He's even planning a trip to Columbia next year to learn more about coffee bean cultivation.
Dressed in a trendy bow-tie, Tyler whipped up his coffee specialty called 'The Magic' at the cafe he works at.
"It's pretty popular as its super tasty with about two shots and milk, it's a 50 % milk and coffee drink."
While he appreciates coffee's intense flavours, Tyler said he doesn't judge those who go for a squirt of syrup to sweeten.
"People are slowly becoming more serious here about their coffee (and) I suppose syrups are okay if customers want a certain flavour," he said.