C1 Espresso finally reopens

00:57, Nov 09 2012
OFFICIAL OPENING: After almost two years C1 Espresso is reopening.
COFFEE BREAK: Co-owner Sam Crofskey chats with Earthquake Minister Gerry Brownlee.
FINALLY OPEN: CERA head Roger Sutton inspects the bees on the roof.

It's been a long road for C1 Espresso, but after almost two years it is reopening. 

The central Christchurch cafe was officially reopened today by Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee. 

C1 sat on the corner of Tuam and High streets for about eight years and its new ''bigger and better'' home is just across the road.

''It's very handy for us to have the same address. We're still on the corner of Tuam St and High St,'' owner Sam Crofskey said. 

The new C1 will be able to seat about 350 people and is complete with rooftop solar panels, an electricity generator, organic beehives and a rooftop garden.

''It's been a big effort,'' Crofskey said. ''It's been the hardest couple of years of our life and in one respect that's all over, but it immediately starts again today.''


Many staff who worked at C1 before the earthquakes were back on board, he said, but there were also new staff.

Crofskey said he had two hours and a wheelie bin to salvage as much as possible from the old building. 

The new cafe has a bookcase sliding door, an entrance into Alice in Videoland's movie theatre and a vacuum tube that runs across the ceiling and shoots food orders from the cafe to the kitchen. 

''It's a whole new C1 and it's more in response to the old post office building,'' he said. ''We want this to be the greatest coffee shop in the world.''

The cafe will open to the public on Monday.

The Press