Meet Craig


Some fresh blood has joined the Kōkako team over the past few months and it's about time we introduced them properly. First off meet Craig. We first met him when he started working at one of our outposts, Charlie and George, in 2013 (he was just 16!). 5 years on he's about to graduate with a Bachelor of Commerce and has joined our team as our Roastery Administrator. 

We asked Craig a couple of questions to help introduce himself.


What were you up to before you joined the Kōkako team and what made you go for the job with us?
I've been studying towards a Bachelor of Commerce for the past three years and am graduating this September! Throughout my studies, I worked as a barista - something I always thought would be my "student job". As my knowledge of coffee and the industry grew, I couldn't see myself working a "regular office job", but rather a job that revolves around coffee. 

The coffee industry is rapidly evolving and is full of incredible people. Kōkako encapsulates this, and I has also provided me with the opportunity to work in a company that's focused on sustainability. 

How long have you been working with coffee?
I was hired as a coffee runner when I was 16 at Charlie & George cafe in Stonefields. Watching the baristas make coffee was fascinating to me and I eventually gave it a shot. I've been a barista for the last three years and over the last year I started moving towards other behind-the-scenes coffee related work. 
 
Where would you like to head on your next adventure (if anything was possible)?
I've got two. Firstly, I'd love to be able to get to Antarctica to experience the remoteness of the place and it's wildlife. Secondly, I've always wanted to spend a few months volunteering on a coffee farm. I think it'd be a great way to learn more about coffee, but also the culture of the regions who handle your coffee. 


What are your four favourite places to eat in Auckland?
1 — The Candy Shop in Newmarket 
2 — Sam Woo Vietnamese in Otahuhu  
4 — Selera in Newmarket 

What's your favourite thing about where you live? 
I was born & raised in Auckland!
It's impossible to only have one favourite thing, so i'm going to list a few:
- The coffee scene is great. Some of the best coffee I've ever had has come from coffee shops in Auckland.
- The food is equally great. Travelling overseas has taught me that no one does brunch better than New Zealand.
- The outdoors. On a nice day, I have to pick which beach I will visit, or which trail to hike. 
 
What do you take to a pot luck?
I'll be honest, I'm not the best cook. From the small list of things I can cook however, I take pride in my ability to cook a solid Japanese curry, so i'd take that.
 
Otherwise i'll bring the beer.
 
What would you save if your house was on fire? (besides your friends, family and any pets!)
This may be unsurprising, but my coffee gear! Especially my collection of coffee mugs. I have a few, and they're all precious. 

Can you draw a flag for your house?
 
and lastly, how do you have your coffee?
At home: V60 or AeroPress. I've just signed up to a coffee subscription in Scandinavia.
At work: Batch Brew
At a cafe: Generally a long black or espresso, but sometimes a flat white!