Meet the Team - Summer Ellis

Introducing Summer Ellis - newest member of the Prana fam in Victoria! 

Tell us a bit about your background

I started off my hospo journey working as a barista for 4 years in between travelling and studying. When I realised teaching 5 year old's wasn't for me, I climbed my way up the coffee ladder at Commonfolk Coffee Company down on the Mornington Peninsula, which is where I'm originally from. I started running barista training for customers and Commonfolk's wholesale partners until I landed myself a gig as an Account Manager and Sales Rep. And now, here I am!
How long have you been part of the Prana team and how did you start?

I've only been with Prana Chai for just over a month. I applied because I moved closer to the city and wanted a change and new challenge closer to my new home. I had seen Prana Chai in a lot of cafes I used to work with in my previous role, but I was never a big chai drinker so I didn't know too much about the company. When I met the founders and some of the team, I knew I wanted to work for them! They are like a family and they made me feel very welcome. 

What's your favourite part of your new role with Prana?

I love being able to stay in the loop with what's going on in the coffee industry which will always remain a passion of mine. In the short time I've worked with Prana, I've had the chance to visit some iconic and amazing cafes around Melbourne, who also have some true legends working for them. I love hearing stories of how cafe owners got started and how they got to where they are, it's inspiring. Free chai is also a bonus!

When you're not slinging Chai around VIC, what do you do in your spare time?

I'm a bit of a foodie so I'm always out and about trying new restaurants or wine bars with friends. I try to get away as much as possible on weekends. In the Summer months, it's wakeboarding in Moama with friends and during winter it's snowboarding in Merrijig with the fam. 

Tell us something strange about you

I have a phobia of tomato sauce.

If you could go to any country in the world tomorrow, where would you go and why?

Mexico! I had a one way ticket to South America before COVID hit. Tacos, Margaritas and sunshine is why!

Any big goals or plans for the next year?

After 2020 I've lost hope with planning things haha! I'm just rolling with the punches and just enjoying what life throws at me. 
3 questions you wish people would ask more
  • What were you doing at 25 years old?

  • Do you want to go out for a wine?

  • Are you doing okay?