February 08, 2018
We’ve just welcomed a new Account Manager to the Kōkako team, Hannah no. 2 - as we already have a Hannah in our ranks! Hannah no. 2 is better known as Hannah Feenstra and has been a long standing customer of Kōkako, firstly as a wholesale customer when she owned and operated Open Table in Ellerslie and then as a Coffee Subscription customer.
It has been an absolute pleasure to have her join us now on the other side of the fence. Hannah’s knowledge of what it’s like to be a wholesale customer, operating a cafe that serves Kōkako coffee, is an invaluable addition to our team and her fresh eyes and pragmatic brain have been worth their weight in gold to our behind the scenes processes too.
We asked her a couple of questions to help introduce herself.
What were you up to before you joined the Kōkako team?
I sold my cafe Open Table just over a year ago and then spent a while living the dream life in a small beach town in Mexico. When I returned I spent some time helping my Dad with his business before joining the team here.
Open Table, captured by Made from Scratch.
Hannah’s spot on the beach in San Pancho, Mexico.
What made you go for the job at Kōkako?
Kōkako was my coffee supplier at Open Table and I’ve always had great admiration for they way you do business. I saw an opportunity to work with a talented team at a company whose values I share.
You’ve got a collection of clothes, when did the collection start and are there any strict criteria for what stays and what goes?
It’s probably more accurate to say I have an op-shopping problem than a clothes collection - I’ve found vintage dresses and coats hard to resist since my teens, even though I usually wear jeans and t-shirts! I’ve been trying to downsize recently so the current criteria are its got to look and feel great to wear or be something really special and unique.
Part of Hannah’s dress collection.
How much coffee is too much coffee?
I try and limit myself to two a day but it doesn’t always happen!
What’s your favourite thing about the NZ summer?
Getting out of the city and exploring the outdoors - as long as there’s water nearby I’m happy!
Where would you like to head on your next adventure (if anything was possible)?
That’s a hard one - there are so many places on my list! I’d love to visit Iran at some point.
Favourite/secret spot in your neighbourhood?
I’ve recently moved to Mangere Bridge so I’m still discovering new places - so far my favourite has to be at the top of Mangere Mountain, looking towards the Waitakere Ranges.
and lastly, how do you have your coffee?
Black filter for me - I’m loving our Ethiopian Guji at the moment.
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