Caffeine with a community hit

Fair trade isn’t enough anymore, the coolest cafes harness the power of community. Here are five to try.

Roskill Coffee Project.

Roskill Coffee Project 
Closed last week for a much needed break, this not-for-profit cafe (above) provides free training and work experience to young future leaders.

* 740 Sandringham Rd, Mt Roskill (set to re-open tomorrow)

Ark Coffee
This specialty roasting spot holds coffee appreciation and making classes and showcases art in an adjoining exhibition space.

* Shop 6, 461 Lake Rd, Takapuna

Guerilla Espresso
Part of the Espresso Coffee School, this hole-in-the-wall runs a gift economy so you pay what you believe the coffee is worth - but don't worry, their staff get paid a fair wage and the coffee growers too.

* 15 Swanson St, City.

The Waterview Coffee Project
A shipping container turned community hub with a fair trade and sustainable ethos.

* 29 Daventry St, Waterview

The Community Cafe
Part of the Manukau-based Affirming Works, a Pacific youth mentoring and educational service. Along with open mic nights and other community events, they use ethically traded Tupu'anga coffee, grown in Tonga.

* 42 Atkinson Ave, Otahuhu (from October 20).

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