OTTO Basson is brewing coffee and self confidence, showing experience and maturity well beyond his years.
The 14 year-old runs his own business – preparing, making and selling every coffee from the sweetest mocha to the skinniest latte.
Otto said the love for coffee started early.
“Since I was younger I always had the passion for making coffee and I also started learning how to drink coffee and my favourite coffee to drink would be a latte,” Otto said.
Otto’s proud father Jannie said Otto’s love for coffee received a double shot with a visit to St Vinnies when Otto was nine years-old.
“There was a second-hand coffee machine and he just wouldn’t leave without buying that second hand coffee machine so from the age of nine he’s been making us coffees at home with his own little machine that he brought for five dollars,” Jannie said.
After finishing his HG Coffee School course in Adelaide late last year with Mother Louise, Otto now takes his skills on the road with the ‘Coffeebeansandmore’ business.
Otto was 13 at the time and Louise said he was ‘by far the youngest student’ in the course, especially considering some were in retirement.
With some financial help from his parents, Otto runs the business out of a custom-built trailer and said he’s sold over 1000 coffees in three months of operating.
Otto said the cup of choice from customers is a cappucino, his favourite to make.
He strongly believes it helps his time management and interpersonal skills, helping improve his social and study skills.
The love Otto has for making coffee is best shown by his choice to take his stall to the Port Pirie Markets on his birthday, September 11.
Events can vary from half days to full days, and the challenge is one Otto enjoys.
“Before I go to the event I have to clean my whole coffee trailer out, go to the event, make all of the coffees and after that I’ll be cleaning my coffee trailer in a five hour process,” Otto said.
The best part about Otto is he remains humble.
“I wouldn’t have been able to without my Mum doing with the course, Dad towing the trailer out to event and occasional help from sister,” Otto said.