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Changing of the guard at Kokako Cafe Grey Lynn

April 27, 2017

Changing of the guard at Kokako Cafe Grey Lynn

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Since establishing Kōkako Café as a flagship outpost for the Kōkako brand in Grey Lynn over 5 years ago, we have decided to find a new owner who can continue our good work to serve the local community. We were looking to find someone who would not only care as much about specialty coffee and quality food as we do, but also someone who ideally lived locally and had a passion for the community and hospitality. We found that person in Troy Mentor, formerly the owner of Dizengoff Café on Ponsonby Road and a long-time Kokako Café customer.



Mike Murphy, Kokako MD, & Troy Mentor.

When we moved our business to Grey Lynn in late 2011 we spent a lot of time, money and energy in turning the old Post Office into our café (and at the time roastery too). We soon outgrew the café space for roasting coffee and converted this into more café seating, leasing an old car workshop down an alley across the street to roast in.

In the five and half years we’ve been in Grey Lynn the commercial property market (alongside the residential market) has exploded and we’ve had landlord changes at our café site and our roastery site - which is now in the way of the new landlord’s future development plans.


Photo - Josh Griggs

All of these changes have made us consider the future needs of our business as we expand the availability of Kokako Organic Coffee into more outposts across NZ. So we’ve decided to make some big changes to prepare us for the next phase of our journey – we will be moving our roastery in the coming months and we’re handing over the keys to the Café to Troy.

We view this as a really positive step for our brand and we are incredibly grateful for the support we have had from locals in Grey Lynn. Our café team will all be staying on under the new ownership of the café and it will be business as usual – after 12 years at Dizengoff Troy is taking a well-deserved break in Mexico and will then assume ownership on his return in early June.

So look out for him and make sure you introduce yourself! We are incredibly excited that Troy has taken this opportunity to own and run our flagship café and we know that our café team and customers will be in very good hands under his watch.

Mike Murphy, MD of Kokako Organic Coffee


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