Calm, ambitious Raniero Tombaccini, a 46 year old barista and coffee importer, living in the UK 23 years, continues to build his business against the backdrop of Brexit. Because of the recent Brexit decision, Tomba feels like an outsider for the first time since he arrived in 1997.
In 1994 with only £500 in his pocket, ambitious determined Raniero Tombaccini left his home and family bakery business and arrived in England to learn English and make a new life for himself. The English course he enrolled on cost £650, so he made a deal to pay in instalments while he got a job in a restaurant kitchen for £20 a night. He quickly became a waiter where he soon learnt to earn £50-70 in tips being good with customers. A year later he bought his own coffee bar in one of Southampton’s shopping centres which he ran for 13 years before selling it to form ‘Tomba’s Coffee Solutions’. Since the referendum vote to leave the European Union on 23 June 2016, the UK government has started the withdrawal process, putting the UK on course to leave by April 2019. This decision has almost given people permission to be more open about their xenophobia in public. Tomba is always moving forward, unafraid of change, always wanting a new challenge. For the first time in 23 years he feels like an outsider in a country that he’s invested in and put roots down. Could this change be one challenge too far for Tomba’s business to surmount with so many financial questions unknown about leaving the EU? Personally, how is Tomba dealing with local prejudice and intolerance by his neighbours who he once thought were his friends?
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Brexit Barista won 'Best Film' at this year's Dorking Film Festival and official selections at Roma Cinemadoc Film Festival, Move Me Productions in Belgium and the Norwich UK Monthly Film Festival.