The Journey of Papa Omas Café

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By Julie Badui Owa – EMTV News, Lae

A 57 year old man who joined the PNG University of Technology 26 years ago as a tea boy is now recognised by the University as a Barista. Omas Homili was employed by the University in 1993. He now manages a small corner in the Vice Chancellor’s office known as Papa Omas Café through the art of making coffee. Mr. Homili serves his colleagues and the visitors with tea, coffee and cappuccino twice every day.

57 year old Omas Homili, well known as Papa Omas by the staff of Unitech, joined the PNG University of Technology in Lae in 1993 as a cleaner, then to a tea boy and now he has been recognised as a Barista at the Vice Chancellor’s office.

EMTV News visited the University and spoke with his colleagues about what they had to say about Papa Omas and the way he makes coffee.

Omas Homili is a widower and a father of six. His art of making coffee changed last year when he was introduced to a new espresso machine by the former Vice Chancellor last year.

Papa Omas said PNG’s organic coffee is best when making a cup of cappuccino. The 57 year old also serves cappuccino to guests from other countries when they visit the university.

Papa Omas will retire in 2023.