South City’s new Pantry

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Located in the former Bin Inn Building on Grace St, stage one of the renovated and refitted South Alive’s The Pod will house the organisation’s social enterprise store, The Pantry.

Store manager Lisa Mohenoa said the store’s aim was to make South Alive a self-sustainable charity.

Based in Lumsden, ROAR Coffee Roasters roast and supply coffee to commercial premises throughout Southland.

Into its second year, the Trade Aid organic Arabica beans were ethically sourced, Mrs Taylor said, with the current blend a combination of beans from Uganda, Nicaragua, Colombia and Guatemala.

The coffee machine has been loaned to The Pantry by the Taylors, which Mrs Taylor said was an easy decision.

“I believe in South Alive’s incentive and we are pleased to help in any small way that we can to support the social enterprise store, as we know how hard it is to start up a cafe.”

ROAR Coffee Roasters, of Lumsden, owner and operator Kelly Taylor (left) and The Pantry store manager Lisa Mohenoa check over the installation of the coffee machine in preparation for The Pantry’s before the opening. Photo: Janette Gellatly

More about The Pantry you can read here.

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