Wednesday, January 28, 2009

'Underground' Art Meets Underground Coffee

Underground Cafe, Colombo Street, Christchurch. Jan 2009 Ajr
Underground Coffee Company, Colombo Street, Christchurch. Jan 2009. Ajr
I love street art and I love coffee, so when the two come together I’m happier than a pig in mud. Christchurch’s Underground Coffee Company - so named because the operation started in a basement – has employed the talents of well known Christchurch street artist, Dcypher, to give both its roastery and its nearby café a colourful touch of ‘the underground.’ The walls of the roastery are bright and bold and with sacks of beans and plastic bins (also painted by Dcypher) stacked high, it’s a visual treat. A few doors down the café presents a lively, colourful environment that lends itself to loitering (over coffee) – upstairs and down.
I wish more cafes were brave enough to veer away from trendy, slick interiors that don’t always make the grade.
This is a great spot with a busy hum of satisfaction about it.

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