Platform 7 Cafe opened up a year and a half ago at 2331 East Hastings Street, and talented barista Carole has worked there since the very beginning. “I live in the area, so its super great for work,” she tells us. “The area is obviously very familiar to me. I was happy when I heard that this job opened up.” Carole, originally from Calgary, has worked in many coffee shops over the span of her Barista career, and she says something just keeps her coming back. “I really enjoy the process of making the coffee,” she says. “But I also enjoy the interaction with people and seeing regulars.” The busy cafe owned by Livio Susin and Marke McNichol has become a staple in our ‘hood for their delicious hand-crafted coffee beverages and train-station themed ambiance. Carole is one of seven employees who keep the wheels moving, and she tells us it’s her love of learning that keeps things interesting and fresh. “I love that I am always learning,” she says enthusiastically. “There is honestly always something to learn. I get to learn about the new processes to make coffee, taste the new coffees that come in. It’s an ever changing process.” Carole’s favourite drink to make for customers: “I really like making lattes, because I get to practice my latte art. I also like the brew bar, because I get to talk to the customer and explain the process while I those drinks.” Carole’s favourite drink to make for herself: “This varies on the day and of course time of day. But in the morning, I enjoy a small latte. I just really enjoy trying new drinks too, so it’s hard to name a favourite.” Carole’s favourite food in the cafe: “I am on a huge peanut butter cookie kick, I pretty much eat one every time I come to work! I also really like the breakfast sandwiches.” With cold brew back on tap, and an irresistible dog-friendly “secret garden” setting to chill in the sunshine, Platform 7 is a must this summer for any coffee lover. Platform 7 is open daily from 8:00am. Check out their website for more info, and stay social on Twitter and Instagram.