What does it take to be one?
In the middle of 2019, we announced the Kokak Warriors. This aims to form a pool of freelance baristas, or those who welcome a sideline. So how did it go? In this post, we give an update about Kokak Warriors and tips on how to be one.
Unexpectedly, we received a lot of applications, and we would like to thank everyone who expressed interest! The following were the events Palakape joined in the 2nd semester when Kokak Warriors was already announced:
This was at the time the most challenging set up for Palakape, hence the idea of pooling freelancers and side hustlers came about. It required two days of selling in different locations in Subic – so the set up (with espresso machine) had to be transferred after the 1st day. We were able to hire 2 Kokak Warriors for this event. Both of them were available for 2 days. One lives in Olongapo, while the other one was from Manila. The one from Manila was just determined to join in spite of our priority for locals, and caveat that we wouldn’t pay for his full travel expense to Subic. The two of them did a good job, so thanks guys!
This was a simple set up, using coffee percolators, but for 4 days and with high influx of people. We needed 2 Kokak Warriors per day, and gave chance to those who weren’t available all throughout the event. Also since the set up was simple, we also allowed beginner baristas or those with zero experience. One owner was there on the first day to guide them, and then they were entrusted to man the set up for the rest of the event.
We tapped 3 Kokak Warriors for this event. 1 with experience, 1 with zero experience, and 1 with barista training but no job experience. They did good for the event’s requirement, so we’re thankful yet again.
By this time, we decided that the espresso machine set up is standard for multi-sports events. This was a one-day set up only, and both owners were present. So we only got 1 Kokak Warrior – a resident of Imus. She had a few years barista experience already and so she did well as expected.
In this event, Palakape sold out coffee for the first time. Well, that’s also due to a more accurate projection of buyers. Needless to say, we were busy. 2 Kokak Warriors from Mexico Pampanga were tapped: 1 with experience and 1 with zero experience. We couldn’t find experienced baristas from Porac, and good thing the guys from Mexico had the means to go despite the very early call time. So in this case, the owner was the 2nd barista while the one with no experience was assigned as cashier. The newbie did okay, and the experienced barista excelled. So we thank them for that.
In this event, we got the same Kokak Warrior from the August 25 event. She excelled in this set up, especially considering we again sold out. One owner teamed up with her in providing coffee goodness to the athletes.
Actually, we were expecting another applicant with zero experience, but could be of help. However, she didn’t show up on the day. So this person is now banned from Palakape engagements.
This was another multi-day event, with lighter but a bit more challenging set up. After more than a year, we took the blenders for a spin again! It was a school event, so we decided to serve frappés for mostly kids in the event. Palakape tapped 2 Kokak Warriors, both with experience, as frappé preparation really requires such. We had Chemex and cold brew coffee ready for any adult who might need the pick-me-up. The baristas were great! One of them already joined us in the UST event 2 months prior.
This was the last event that Palakape joined for the year. We wanted to hire 1 barista, so we contacted the guy who joined us in Porac. However, he couldn’t commit due to the distance. We projected a relatively low foot traffic for the event, so we thought we could get even 1 non-experienced applicant who could be the cashier. However, we couldn’t find one from the area. The set up pushed through, with 1 owner’s brother incidentally joining the event organizers for a minor participation, and then helping out Palakape as well. So we managed and sold out yet again (though we really brought less ingredients per the projection).
Simply put, we assess based on location, experience and attitude. The following are pointers that you can use to assess or gauge your chances of being a Kokak Warrior:
If you’re wondering why you haven’t been contacted again since our last reply, the pointers above should cover it. It could mean we still don’t have the opportunity for you, or you turned us off. In any case, we hope you have learned from this blog post! We intend it to be helpful not just for Palakape, but for any job application you have.