How new cafe Generosity Coffee is helping the Birkenhead community

by Alex Blackwood / 10 December, 2018
GENEROSITY COFFEE

Generosity Coffee, Birkenhead. Photo/Alex Blackwood/Metro

With every bag of beans bought at Birkenhead's Generosity Coffee, you'll be helping support community groups and charities.

As the husband and wife duo behind Auckland’s Barista Academy, it’d be hard to find a more qualified team to open a cafe and roastery than Rachel and Nic Berry of Birkenhead’s latest opening, Generosity Coffee. But as Rachel emphasises, “we aren’t coffee nuts, we are people-people.”

As such, with their team of Barista Academy graduates, and a roaster, grinder and packaging outfit to rival any big chain in terms of productivity, they've decided that 20 percent of each bag of coffee sold will go directly back to the local community, as well as national charities, for example, KidsCan and the Breast Cancer Foundation.

Read more: New street food-inspired restaurant Gao opens in AlbanyA new Auckland burger joint you'll want to try, plus more food news

Generosity Coffee, Birkenhead. Photo/Alex Blackwood/Metro

Photo/Alex Blackwood/Metro

Buyers of a one-off bag or a subscription, in-store or online, can choose where that 20 percent goes: so far it’s included the local preschool, sports teams, support groups and a rehoming animals charity. The idea is that households, and cafes and workplaces who want to stock Generosity Coffee, can all have a hand in helping their community in a close-to-home, tangible and visible way.

The coffee too, is sourced ethically through people who deal directly with the farmers themselves. They offer one blend of beans based solely on what a New Zealand coffee lover wants: “Kiwis like a robust, chocolatey coffee to match creamy, fatty Kiwi milk,” says Rachel.

generosity cafe birkenhead

Photo/Alex Blackwood/Metro

The menu isn’t huge; you’ll find all the food at the counter, but Rachel calls it a “greatest hits” selection from their last cafe, Fix.d, near Smales Farm. All made by her, they have “a mean chicken pie” and what a little sign on the counter will tell you are the “best cheese scones in the world”. Some grandmas noticed it and pointed out that it was a big call. Several scones later, they conceded and gave it an eleven out of ten, bolstering Rachel’s wish for “a cafe that does everything awesomely.”

generositycoffee.org.nz
255 Hinemoa St
Birkenhead
@generositycoffee.org.nz 

Follow Metro on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and sign up to the weekly email for more food news.

LatestDiningArticlesWidget - Latest Dining Articles with RestaurantHub
Error loading section - Error executing child request for handler 'System.Web.Mvc.HttpHandlerUtil+ServerExecuteHttpHandlerAsyncWrapper'. The remote server returned an error: (404) Not Found.
AdvertModule - Advert - M-Rec / Halfpage

Latest

PM announces ban on all military-style semi-automatic weapons and assault rifles
103805 2019-03-21 00:00:00Z Crime

PM announces ban on all military-style semi-automa…

by RNZ

Ms Ardern pledged the day after the terrorist massacre that "gun laws will change" and would be announced within 10 days of the attack.

Read more
No mention of right-wing extremist threats in 10 years of GCSB & SIS public docs
103770 2019-03-21 00:00:00Z Politics

No mention of right-wing extremist threats in 10 y…

by Jane Patterson

There is not one specific mention of the threat posed by white supremacists or right-wing nationalism in 10 years of security agency documents.

Read more
Deirdre Kent: The woman who faced down the wrath of Big Tobacco
103798 2019-03-21 00:00:00Z Profiles

Deirdre Kent: The woman who faced down the wrath o…

by Joanna Wane

As the face of anti-smoking lobby group ASH, Deirdre Kent played a vital role in the smokefree New Zealand movement.

Read more
Māori leaders say acts of terror nothing new in NZ
103766 2019-03-21 00:00:00Z Currently

Māori leaders say acts of terror nothing new in NZ…

by Leigh-Marama McLachlan

Māori leaders are calling on New Zealanders to reject the notion that 'this is not us' in the wake of the Christchurch mosque attacks.

Read more
Cynthia Millar and the strange beauty of the ondes martenot
103723 2019-03-21 00:00:00Z Music

Cynthia Millar and the strange beauty of the ondes…

by Elizabeth Kerr

The sci-fi sound of the ondes martenot is playing a key part in the upcoming performance of an epic symphony.

Read more
Christchurch gunsmith warned police about white supremacists last year
103662 2019-03-20 00:00:00Z Crime

Christchurch gunsmith warned police about white su…

by RNZ

A Canterbury gunsmith living and working says he told police less than six months ago they needed to look at the rise of white supremacists with guns.

Read more
12 moments that show how New Zealanders have united in the face of terror
103665 2019-03-20 00:00:00Z Social issues

12 moments that show how New Zealanders have unite…

by Vomle Springford

In the following days after the Christchurch terror attacks, New Zealand has come together to support the victims of the shootings.

Read more
How modern art inspired the music of Anna Clyne's Abstractions
103649 2019-03-20 00:00:00Z Music

How modern art inspired the music of Anna Clyne's…

by The Listener

The works of the English contemporary composer feature in the NZSO’s forthcoming The Planets series.

Read more