All White becomes flat-white star of Sheffield
Converting Britons to flat whites and mince pies.SAM HURLEY
A former All Whites player is finding success off the pitch by converting Britons to flat whites and mince pies.
Jonathan Perry, who gained 28 caps with the national side, now owns and operates Tamper Coffee, in Sheffield, England.
His coffee house has helped change the culinary tastes of Yorkshiremen, and women, as well as providing a good cuppa for homesick Kiwis.
"Tamper is very popular with the Australasian community, I have met every Kiwi and Australian in Sheffield," he says.
"We have a very good international mix and a good following from people who have travelled to New Zealand or have family over there."
Serving gourmet coffee, including "the best flat white outside of New Zealand", speciality teas, sandwiches and of course New Zealand pies, Mr Perry did not want Tamper to become just another coffee house.
"We have tried hard to create that point of difference in a market hugely dominated by chains," he says.
"The pies were a no-brainer and the flat white is truly Kiwi. The big chains have inherited the flat white but it leaves a lot to be desired."
Mr Perry first left for England as a talented 16-year-old footballer in 1993. He had hoped to catch the eye of some of England's biggest clubs and signed as a junior for Barnsley FC.
After spending five years in Britain, he headed back home and developed a passion for coffee while playing for the Football Kingz.
"I had too much time on my hands as a footballer and lived on Ponsonby Rd which was littered with great cafes," he says.
The Waikato man spent four years working with Altura and some of New Zealand's top coffee companies before going back to England.
Sourcing ingredients from local markets, coffee beans from a boutique roaster and milk from a Sheffield dairy farm, Tamper gained attention quickly from the locals.
"Six months in we won the Exposed awards best cafe/deli in Sheffield," he says.
"It was voted by the public which made it even more rewarding. We didn't expect it with the business being so new but it was great to know we were doing something right."
- © Fairfax NZ News
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