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Monday, 21 January 2013

The Ark Coffee Company

 
I sat down this morning on a wooden bench  surrounded by lovely artworks and drank the best iced latte I have ever had. Gentle music played in the background. Soon I no longer felt hot and frazzled but serene and relaxed.

If you love coffee and art you would love the Ark Coffee Company which sisters Ulala and Naomi Nakama have recently opened in Takapuna. Here they sell speciality coffees ( which are roasted on the premises). In an adjoining small gallery hang  multimedia paintings by fine arts graduate Naomi.

Ulala  worked in Japan in the coffee industry  for eight years as a roast master before starting the ARK Coffee Company. In Japan coffee culture is different to ours. Coffee is mainly enjoyed at home.There are also many coffee shops. But unlike in New Zealand cafes where the focus is on both coffee and food, in Japan people enjoy a coffee on its own ( sometimes with a small snack).

This has influenced how the ARK Coffee Company has been set up. It is a place to buy freshly roasted speciality coffees ,or a take-away coffee . There is also an impressive range of coffee making equipment for those who like to brew a perfect cup of coffee at home. And you can sit down in the small gallery and sip your coffee there.

You can find the ARK Coffee Company at Shop 6, 461 Lake Road .
or visit their website at http://arkcoffee.co.nz
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