Coffee for a Cause

14 student volunteers from the School of Science have set up shop on campus this week, selling coffee to go, and 3-in-1 instant coffee packs, to raise funds for the Agathians Shelter Home.

These are no ordinary coffee packs! From the conceptualisation, and sourcing of product packaging, to the mixing, weighing, filling of coffee powder, and even to the cleaning in place, the volunteers who are Bachelor of Food Science and Technology (FST) students, together with their supervisor and Senior Lecturer, Dr Siow Lee Fong, were hands-on from beginning to the end.

“This experience allows students to understand the full process of what happens in a production plant. It takes them out of their comfortable classroom setting, and gives them practical knowledge of how things work in the real-world,” said Dr Siow.

Phase 1 of the project had student volunteers attending a workshop on Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), conducted by Fiatec Biosystem Sdn Bhd. In Phase 2, students spent a full day at the plant, producing the coffee sachets.

"Since I am majoring in Food Science and Technology, this may be part of what I would be doing in the future. It was indeed an educational experience to learn the process of food manufacturing from beginning to end. The best part was that it wasn't just theoretical, we got hands-on experience of working the machines and seeing the end result after our 8-hour coffee-making day," said Khoo Yue Lin, a third year FST student.

Coffee for a Cause is now on sale, from 24 July - 28 July, 10am - 4pm, right outside the Monash Malaysia bookshop.

Update: All coffee packs are sold out as of Wednesday, 26 July! The team wishes to thank the Monash community for all the support received.