Sunday, January 27, 2008

coffee is for community

Fascinating article in the Otago Daily Times about Kiwi cafe owners brewing up a storm in London. Features cafes like Flat White and Sacred Cafe. And I think the concluding remarks have something to say to emerging church.

cafe.jpg “It’s also the character and intimacy the typical New Zealand cafe offers its customers … large coffee chains have been kept at bay in New Zealand by the raft of smaller, independent cafes. And this approach to business is also evident in (the Kiwi run cafes in) London: all the cafes are small, charismatic, intimate, slightly quirky, and comfortable …. Independence is compromised by trying to be too big …. One of the key points … is the sense of community. It’s really the heart and the soul.” (Saturday 26 January 2008, page 51)

Community. Community. Community.

Posted by steve at 09:27 PM


  1. It paints and excellent ‘picture’ for me… thanks.

    Comment by Paul Fromont — February 3, 2008 @ 6:56 am

  2. Hi Steve,

    I’ve found London’s coffee culture to be terrible. I’m going to check these places out when I get back from Turkey next week!

    Your link seems to go just to the Otago Daily Times homepage. Do you have the article link handy?

    Comment by Craig — February 4, 2008 @ 5:02 am

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