Below-zero temperatures made for a bitter start for the new coffee cart owner in Market Square in Blenheim yesterday morning.
Blenheim woman Tash Twidle, who has owned Koffie Mobile Barista for three years, said her first day had been reasonably steady, but the early morning starts would take some getting used to.
"The cold was a bit of a shock to the system, but everyone's been really positive and very encouraging on my first day," she said yesterday afternoon.
The 34-year-old barista left her job as events co-ordinator for Marlborough For Fun to start up the business three years ago.
She is a familiar face at the Marlborough junior football and rugby games, and events including the Marlborough A&P show, Havelock Mussel Festival and the Garden Marlborough fete.
She took over the Market Square lease from Josh McKay, who had whipped up flat whites from his coffee cart for 14 months. "I've been focusing mainly on events for the past three years, but when this opportunity came up it was too good to pass up," she said.
A father of two, Mr McKay left to study early childhood education through Te Tari Puna, working part-time at the Beavertown Early Learning Centre in Blenheim.
- The Marlborough Express