From Humble Beginnings...
John Cafferatta is passionate about helping others. With a background in Hospitality, Retail and Vocational Education and Training (VET); John provided years of training for people in the jail system, disengaged youth in high schools and other at-risk communities such as early migrants.
John researched for a way to help more people and naturally came across Social Entrepreneurship which aligned with his values. After several years working for TAFE NSW and assisting with the setup of William Angliss Coffee Academy in Sydney, John identified a major gap between Social Justice, Industry and VET and followed his passion for coffee to create a vehicle to bridge the three as a Social Enterprise and Darcy Street Project was born.
Darcy Street Project prides itself on providing a warm and hospitable atmosphere where people can come to enjoy great coffee with new friends. A cup of coffee is the end of a long journey; from the land, to the farmer, to the roaster, to the barista, and finally to your eagerly waiting hands. Each step is important and it gives the beans their own distinct character, flavour and taste experience.
Whether it's helping break the cycle of homelessness, connecting communities, assisting refugees or inspiring young people to go after something more, we wanted to help make the future a better place. And, what better way than to share a cup of coffee with friends and start a conversation.
By creating an inclusive and safe environment we allow students from all backgrounds to feel comfortable speaking up and engaging with customers. Passing on our passion for coffee and the customer experience is just one of the motivating forces behind what we do.
We are so proud of those students who we have been able to employ in running the brew bar and also begin their journey in becoming trainer's to the next crop of barista students.