Cafe chat: Cartel coffee opens second cafe in Christchurch

Bink Bowler, in his new cafe Black and White Coffee House.
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Bink Bowler, in his new cafe Black and White Coffee House.

Young, hot-shot barista Bink Bowler has expanded his coffee shop business with the launch of Black and White Coffee House in Christchurch.

The space opened at The Crossing, 71 Lichfield St, last week. It joins the established Black and White Coffee Cartel cafe in Victoria St. 

The new addition shares a similar "weird and wonderful" essence as the flagship store, Bowler says. The small space is "cleaner and more delicate" than its grunge-styled big brother. 

The dainty coffee house is packed with art rescued from secondhand stores.
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The dainty coffee house is packed with art rescued from secondhand stores.

An ambitious Bowler saw a "prime opportunity" to build a "local brand with a difference" in the flattened city. 

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Most of the wares come from thrift stores in Dunedin.
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Most of the wares come from thrift stores in Dunedin.

"Christchurch's cafe culture got wiped-out and it was great before. I thought what better place to build up a company where everything is fresh."

He's now taking it upon himself to "rebuild the cafe culture of Christchurch".

The passionate coffee company leaves its cabinet offering up to the foodies, sourcing food from Hillyer's Cottage Cafe and the Grizzly Bagel. 

The cafe stocks food form Hillyer's Cottage Cafe and the Grizzly Bagel.
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The cafe stocks food form Hillyer's Cottage Cafe and the Grizzly Bagel.

The coffee house is small, but what it lacks in size it more than makes up for in interest. Bowler has created a massive college of paintings on the main wall.

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He explains he wants people to be interested by the space. "You should sit here and think holy s... this place is awesome."

Bowler found most of the pictures at secondhand stores in Dunedin.

Little Neighbourhood will host Andrew Little for an evening of Beer and Politics.

Little Neighbourhood will host Andrew Little for an evening of Beer and Politics.

Mixing beer and politics

Leading up to the election, Little Neighbourhood, at 94 Victoria St, is inviting candidates to chat about politics over a few beers in an event series it's hosting called Beer and Politics. Visiting the hood this Friday for some political banter is Labour Party leader Andrew Little. Grab a pizza and listen to Little outline his thoughts from 7pm to 8.30pm. Little Neighbourhood has BYO wine every Monday and Tuesday ($4 corkage). 

Italian fiesta for The Colombo

The Colombo will play host to an Italian fiesta celebrating all that is great about the country. The Ciao Italia festival features a line-up of food exhibitors, with both Italian imports and locally produced products. ​The event coincides with the opening night of the Cinema Italiano Festival, held at the Academy Gold Cinema, in The Colombo. Ciao Italia, June 14, 6pm to 9.30pm. 

Aussie cheesecake for south 

Australian dessert franchise The Cheesecake Shop has opened its first store in the South Island. The new bakery opened at 205a Hills Rd, Edgeware last week. Its original opening date was set down for March, but delays pushed that back. It has more than 200 stores across the ditch and in the North Island, selling four million cakes a year, but until now the south has been untouched territory. 

Do you have a food or beverage tip to share? Email laura.baker@fairfaxmedia.co.nz

 - Stuff

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