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Cappuccino, mochaccino or espresso? Visually impaired baristas will serve you

  • Arya Dipa

    The Jakarta Post

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Bandung   /   Mon, January 13, 2020   /  02:52 pm
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Nur Fatimah (left), 22, and Pujianti, 40, prepare coffee at Cafe More in Bandung, West Java on Friday (10/1/2020). All baristas at the cafe are visually impaired.(JP/Arya Dipa)

“Each cup you drink creates jobs for the disabled”. This message is written on a 100 centimeter by 80 centimeter sign displayed at Café More Wyata Guna at the Social Rehabilitation Center for Eye Sensory Disability (BRSPDSN) in Bandung, West Java. “We have only been open for about three weeks,” said Siti Fatimah Iskandar, 30, a barista at the café. She works there together with two other baristas, both of whom also suffer from low vision like her. The three work in two shifts from 7 in the morning until 9 in the evening. The first shift is from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m. and the second is from 1 p.m. until 9 p.m. They are also allowed to have other jobs outside the café as long as it does not interfere with their schedules at the café. Siti, for example, also works helping a blind university student. “I sometimes...