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Crema of the crop: Asylum seeker to champion barista

Monday, 5 August 2013
Author: ABC News
Saied Safavi with his trophy (Photo: Eloise Fuss, ABC)

Saied Safavi with his trophy (Photo: Eloise Fuss, ABC)
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A former asylum seeker has forged success as a cafe owner in South Australia, winning a barista of the year award for the third year running.

Saeid Safavi said he was overwhelmed by his success and it showed how much he had achieved since his time at the Woomera Detention Centre a decade ago.

His Port Pirie cafe is a favourite among many locals and Mr Safavi has taken out the top award again in the regional championships, beating some tough competition.

"I don't believe it," he said of his latest achievement.

"God blessed my life, I believe that. Because in the ocean I'm calling [for help]. Somebody helped me and [was] watching me and helping me. I believe that.

"I tell you 10 years ago this time I was in the detention centre, [with] very terrible depression and no belief, no hope for my life and now I'm a champion."

He said his winning performance was based on just a simple signature coffee he had perfected.

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