We have a kitchen facility area that had room for a commercial espresso machine . . . It all went from there."
It would teach everything from the art of brewing the perfect trim latte to how to create soy flat whites, marshmallow-laden foamy mochaccinos and everything in between. The coffees would be served to visitors in a small yet-to-be established coffee corner run out of the mission's Hereford St kitchen, which would run alongside an already successful cooking programme.
Several other courses that aimed to help isolated and vulnerable people into jobs were already under way and provided a chance for people who "might struggle in other environments" to develop skills and practical work experience internally, Mark said.
"We've had a few other basic trade courses, and we've seen some positive outcomes from those, with some of our men particularly securing employment."
But before the course could begin, the mission needed to track down a commercial espresso machine, Mark said.
The courses were "very reliant on community partnership", and he hoped someone with a spare machine might hear their story and donate it to the programme.
While it was possible to purchase one from the mission's funds, it was a huge expense and "every dollar that we spend we have to put out hand on our heart and say is this the best dollar utilised".
The coffee course was the next step and the brainchild of women who spotted a gap on the bench where a machine could be housed.
"Initially, it was an idea that was hatched by a group of ladies who were cooking. We have a kitchen facility area that had room for a commercial espresso machine . . . It all went from there."
The mission hoped to "connect dots with others organisations in our community" and transfer the skills participants learned "into everyday life and secure employment".
"This now is an opportunity for us to go into the environment in our community around the cafe culture . . . we can dovetail it in with other programmes that we are offering and then provide that bit of practical work experience internally."
UPDATE: We have been lucky enough to partner with a local coffee company to arrange the equipment required to set this course up.