Beleaguered cafe boxes on
Upshot coffee back in businessABBIE NAPIER
Heathcote Valley may be awash with broken houses but it is also home to the little coffee company that could.
Upshot Coffee started six years ago on a quiet, unassuming corner in the valley selling fresh roasted fair trade and organic beans.
When the February 22 earthquake hit they simply picked up their coffee machine and relocated to the street outside.
Throughout a long cold winter Justin Good and Megan Geels churned out espressos to frozen cyclists and kept a small part of the struggling community alive.
In October 2011 they were finally forced to move away from their traditional Station Rd site.
"Eventually, we just had to give up," Mr Good said.
Two weeks ago, Upshot started up for the third time on Bridle Path Rd on the driveway of the Heathcote Valley Riding School.
The orange container cafe with its collection of plastic chairs and rustic tables is very "back to basics".
Mr Good has been roasting in a small shed next to the container, but has maintained the same quality despite difficult conditions.
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