23 August 2017

Top-notch coffee and a fabulous view are the inspirations for Paul Harris' business The Village Snob on the banks of the Whanganui awa.

The Village Snob is the coffee cart, towed by the green Holden Torana, on the riverbank opposite Pakaitore on weekdays and Saturday mornings, rain, hail or shine.

The Village Snob expands coffee menu

23 Aug, 2017 5:35pm

"I started the business on Leap Day 2016," Mr Harris said.

"It was a Monday and it's not often you get a Leap Day on a Monday. I'd come up with the concept in November and was fully in business in February. It means I can have more family friendly hours with my kids doing this fulltime."

Eighteen months on and the business is growing in keeping with Mr Harris' vision and insistence on quality and consistency of product and customer service.

"I still have our house Bomber Blend from Flight Coffee but I've added a single origin menu with something new at least every two weeks.

"This is for people who want some variety. It's like wines and whiskeys - where the coffee is grown, how it's harvested, the climate and soil acidity all affect the flavour. I'm getting coffee from coffee-producing nations like Colombia, Guatemala, Ethiopia, Rwanda and Burundi, all through Flight Coffee in Wellington."

Mr Harris also offers manual brew filter coffee, another single origin option, and says some of the coffee is quite rare. Cold brew coffee is also on the menu.

"I'm committed to coffee with a view so even when this area was closed by flooding, I set up near Bates St. The reason for the cart [rather than a building in town] was so I could provide coffee with a view.

"I have tables where people can sit and just chill out, and during summer there are sewn-up coffee bags to sit on. In the longer term I'd like to convert a vintage bus so people could sit inside or outside to look at the view.

"I'm always tweaking things as I go along but providing single origin coffee was always a big plan. I'm trying to provide a fuller coffee experience in Whanganui."

A long-time coffee enthusiast (when he worked in sales he used to go home twice a day during his breaks to brew his own coffee), he says he has become more passionate about coffee over the years and it has snowballed since starting the business.

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