It’s a busy day at Fabuloso Cleaners, a Toronto-area coffee shop where workers spray the air with hydrogen peroxide to kill bacteria.
“We’re trying to get rid of odours, we’re trying at this point to remove mould,” says owner, Ricardo Perez.
“When you look at the mould, the mould is the most common bacteria on the surface of the coffee shop.
So, if you get mould on the coffee, you have to get it out.”
“The smell of coffee is the best thing you can smell,” says Perez, who says he’s been doing the job for five years.
“I’ll get into a fight and we’ll fight and I’ll have to use my Taser, and I’m going to have to put my Tasers away.
But I’m not going to give up.”
In fact, Perez has even had a few customers ask for his help.
“They’ll say, ‘Are you going to get the coffee out?
I need a little help.'”
Perez says he can’t say exactly how many customers have contacted him since he started doing the work.
“It’s just a very active customer base, and it’s very busy.”
But Perez says his customers are also helping him.
“Sometimes people don’t know about this coffee shop, but when you talk to a customer, they want to help out,” he says.
Perez says the work isn’t always easy.
“You know, I have to do it, I’m tired, I feel like I can’t sleep,” he admits.
“And I’m trying to do my best, because I don’t want to waste any time.
But it’s not easy, I can say.”
Perez says it’s also very expensive.
“If I do it all day, I don.
I don, but I do.”
“It costs $20,000 a month to do the work,” he adds.
“But the money I earn from this coffee will go back into my business.”
Perez is also running a charity drive to raise money for children who are diagnosed with asthma.
He says his coffee shop has been a way for people like him to support their kids and to get to know one another.
“This coffee shop is helping me with my children, I give them the motivation to get out of bed, and then I’m getting a paycheck,” he explains.
“So, this is how I make a living, from my own time.”
The charity drive is now in its third year, and Perez says there’s been a significant increase in donations.
“People who come into the coffee house will say, I want to donate because I feel that they need something like this,” he said.
“That’s the beauty of it.”
A few months ago, Perez says a lot of people wanted to help.
And he says the coffee has even become a popular fundraiser.
“A lot of the people who come to my coffee shop don’t have any money.
So I think that’s a good thing,” he laughs.