Fo­cal points

A quiet sub­ur­ban street in Water­view has come to life around a new pop-up café.

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The rust on the old Rus­sian ship­ping con­tainer hous­ing the Water­view Cof­fee Pro­ject is a re­minder of its pre­vi­ous life on the high seas.

Out­side, you park your bike in the bike­stand, and park your bum on one of the benches, both of which used to be wooden freight pal­lets.

It’s the re­cur­ring theme through­out – re-use, re­cy­cle and re­duce. And it co­hab­its nicely with the other cri­te­ria in­sisted upon by owner James Crow – one half of the busi­ness duo be­hind iced treat com­pany Nice Blocks – that of Fair­trade pro­duce.

On of­fer is Fair­trade cof­fee beans and sugar to sweeten your brew, along with Fair­trade and or­ganic Cola and Ginger Beer, and his own, soon-to-be-Fair­tradec-er­ti­fied Nice­cream ice­cream. Food is sim­ple and de­li­cious, with bak­ing and sand­wiches pro­vided by Ripe Del­i­catessen in Grey Lynn and served, as is the cof­fee, on com­postable plates and cups.

De­spite its slightly ram­shackle ap­pear­ance, The Water­view Cof­fee Pro­ject is a truly sus­tain­able ven­ture thought through to the last de­tail. The barista, Cory, even bikes to work each day.

In our recipe this month James makes his trade­mark Cola, Espresso and Ba­nana Ice­cream ‘Spi­der’.

Photo: James Rus­sell

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