More than a decade as a boat captain means that Alistair Corston is used to working in tight spaces. It was the perfect training for running Seafaring Fool, which occupies a streetfront corner of JR's Surf & Ski.
He still holds his Master 4 certification (which allows him to operate the KI ferry) but the only time he gets on the water these days is for weekend surf trips. From the anchor printed on each takeaway cup to the nautical decorations provided by the homewares store upstairs, everything at Seafaring Fool is a tribute to his love of the sea.
Corston learnt to make coffees at Big Table and Froth and Fodder before moving into his current digs at the request of Willy Rawson, an old friend who owns JR's. The seasonally rotated, single origin beans come from another surf buddy, Trevor de Groot of De Groot Coffee.
There’s a reason so much goodwill flows Corston’s way. Laid-back service with a smile is something his customers have come to expect each morning. There's only room for one behind the counter, and that leaves plenty of time for a chinwag over the hum of the Wega machine.
With no seats, it's strictly coffee to go and snacks include raw cakes, protein balls (made by a friend's mum) and Four Seeds brownies.