Happy Cupple

A roaster opens his third cof­fee stop in Hawke’s Bay.

HOME Magazine NZ - - Contents - Cupple 216 Here­taunga Street East, Hast­ings face­book.com/cup­ple­for­cof­fee Text Jes­sica-Belle Greer Pho­tog­ra­phy Sam Hart­nett

A cafe in Hawke’s Bay bud­dies up with a bak­ery

“I al­ways wanted to do a re­ally long cof­fee bar,” says Al Bor­rie. He’s found just that with Cupple on Here­taunga Street, Hast­ings, where a six-me­tre ser­vice bench runs half of the build­ing he shares with Ya Bon French Baker. At the long, skinny space where tast­ings and barista train­ing takes place, cus­tomers can watch their brew be­ing made. Sep­a­rated by large glass slid­ing doors, they can also watch pas­tries be­ing made at Ya Bon. “Both our busi­nesses fo­cus on the hand­made, ar­ti­san qual­ity of our prod­ucts so it’s im­por­tant for cus­tomers to see how things are made,” says Bor­rie, who also owns bou­tique cof­fee brand First­hand. Cupple is the third cof­fee stop Bor­rie has opened in the area, in­clud­ing the orig­i­nal Box Espresso, housed in a con­tainer in Clive, and Crazy Good in Ahuriri, Napier. Cupple stays true to First­hand’s stripped­back aes­thetic, with white walls and black steel shelves. A land­scape de­signer be­fore he got into cof­fee roast­ing and hos­pi­tal­ity, Bor­rie de­signed the space and his brother Hay­den, of Ge­n­e­sis De­sign, put to­gether the black steel el­e­ments. The space is sim­ple – “con­crete floors, con­crete walls, con­crete roof”, says Bor­rie. Orig­i­nal de­tails, such as the high ceil­ing, are barely changed af­ter the 1935 build­ing was earth­quake strength­ened. Out the back, the steel win­dows open onto a rus­tic sun-lov­ing court­yard, mak­ing an invit­ing place to en­joy a caf­feine and carb fix.

Cus­tomers at Cupple, which oc­cu­pies a 1935 build­ing that has been sim­ply dressed in black and white.

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