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Let’s Go Local: It’s Mt Korobaba For Suva Barista

“Between 2010 to 2020, I worked as a waiter, guest service agent, butler, supervisor and my last post was as an assistant manager."
26 Oct 2021 11:00
Let’s Go Local: It’s Mt Korobaba For Suva Barista
An aerial view of the Suva Harbour from Mount Korobaba. Insert: Gloria Jean’s cafe manager Manoa Rokoduidogo.

Manoa Rokoduidogo is a familiar face at Gloria Jean’s at the Corner of Gladstone Rd.

He hails from Waidracia, Naitasiri, with maternal link to Vatukarasa, Tailevu.

“I attended Draiba Fijian School then to Fiji Latter-Day Saints (LDS) Church College.”

“I did Foundation Studies at the University of the South Pacific (USP) then I started working in a few places.”

 

“From 2006 to 2009, I was the barista and supervisor with Gloria Jean’s.”

He then spent 10 years with InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa till last year.

“Between 2010 to 2020, I worked as a waiter, guest service agent, butler, supervisor and my last post was as an assistant manager.”

“I’ve been back with Gloria Jean’s as shop manager since last year, till to date.”

Business is expected to pick up as more people learn of the latest Gloria Jean's cafe in Suva. The interior of the cafe at Damodar Plaza Village 6.

Business is expected to pick up as more people learn of the latest Gloria Jean’s cafe in Suva. The interior of the cafe at Damodar Plaza Village 6.

 

How Many Places In Fiji Have You Been To?
So many places but there is still some places I haven’t been to.

I am so grateful for my previous job in the tourism industry, I was able to travel around Viti Levu and Vanua Levu.

I developed networks along the way and long-lasting friendships.

 

 

Group of islands in the Yasawas.

Group of islands in the Yasawas.

What Is The One Place In Fiji You Would Take Every Visitor To, And Why?
I would like to take people to Yasawa Group of Islands.

The beauty of the beaches and clear waters for swimming and snorkelling.

Swimming with the mantarays its a must! I would say it is Paradise on earth.

There is a saying “Ko Yasawa Yacova Ga Niu Ciba”

 

 

Gloria Jean's 10th outlet at Village 6, Suva.

Gloria Jean’s 10th outlet at Village 6, Suva.

What Is Your Favourite Place For A Pie/Coffee?
Gloria Jean’s cafe at Damodar Plaza Village 6 or Holiday Inn Suva.

I love their cheese cake.

 

 

Mount Korobaba view.

Mount Korobaba view.

Name Your Favourite Secret Backyard Spot?
My favourite backyard spot is Mount Korobaba.

At first you have to go through a lot of pain to reach the top.

And yes the view is so magnificent.

 

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What is the one place in Fiji on top of your bucket list?
Rotuma.

I have heard a lot about this place and its beauty..so one day mafatu!!

 

Feedback: maraia.vula@fijisun.com.fj



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