Cnr Williamson Ave & Great North Rd
Monday - Friday
7am - 3.30pm
Saturday - Sunday
7.30am - 4pm
Kokako Organic’s flagship cafe can be found in a refurbished post office on a bustling street corner in Grey Lynn. It’s a beautiful, friendly space that’s become a local institution thanks to lovely details like cold brew coffee served in distinctive medicine-like bottles and a completely vegetarian, and delicious, menu.
Chef Danny Simpson arrived in the kitchen in 2015 and revolutionised and refined Kokako’s most famous dishes. The organic agria hash is served with broccolini, romesco, cashew aioli and watercress, and is a work of art. The pancakes have been replaced with delicate fresh crepes and a side of chocolate mousse made with Kokako’s organic fairtrade cocoa. The wonderful thing about Danny’s dishes are that they take modern cafe staples and add an unexpected delight, like pickled shallots or goat’s cheese mousse. Each dish is served on a gorgeous handmade plate crafted locally by Dryburgh Pottery.
For those in a hurry, the counter cabinet at Kokako is always filled with sandwiches, salads, slices and cakes, perfect for eating on the go. It’s no surprise that this menu is great for anyone with a special diet, with a plethora of gluten free and dairy free options.
In addition to being a cafe, Kokako is a fairtrade, organic coffee company, and owner Mike Murphy is completely focused on building a sustainable, ethical business. Roaster Chris Unkovich uses fairtrade single origin beans, and Kokako is a supporter of fairtrade coffee-growing co-ops around the world, particularly in PNG. One of our favourite summer drinks is Kokako’s cold brew, made in small batches with a cold drip filter. Served on ice, it has a refreshing, delightfully fruity flavour that we can’t get enough of. The hot chocolates and mochas are extra special here as they use Kokako’s award-winning fairtrade organic drinking chocolate.
The cafe also serves a retail space for the Kokako blend and single origin beans, roasted just across the road, and all of the coffee paraphernalia you could possibly want to make a perfect brew at home. I’m a big fan of the Aeropress and Chemex, but then again, I’m a bigger fan of having an excuse to come and sit at Kokako all day.
When you get to know the team at Kokako, you can’t help but feel as if you’ve stumbled across a whole community of people that echo his considered, thoughtful approach to the world. It’s no coincidence that Kokako Cafe serves Cosset‘s chai syrup, All Good’s Karma Cola and Tommy & James’ Nice Blocks alongside its own high quality coffee. Kokako isn’t a brand that has associates, it has family members.
In 2012, we held our first ever Tasting Club one gloomy winter morning at Kokako. We’ve come along way since then, but gosh the memories are lovely.