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Good Morning. Who are you?
A: Good morning, I’m Adrianna Greenhill.
T: Tēnā koutou, I’m Tāne Morgan and together we are founders of Proof & Stock Coffee. Hailing from Taranaki, born and bred.
Are you morning people?
A: Tāne is a morning person. When we first met we were young and a bit reckless, now perhaps not so much. But he definitely gets up for one of two things ... it will either be surfing or golf.
T: You’re always on call when you’re running a business. You need to be ready for the unexpected, it keeps you on your toes constantly. Sleep’s good but you can do without it.
How did the two of you meet?
T: I just remember this beautiful looking girl walking through the door of my cafe (I was in my prime), coming in for a well made long black coupled with a savoury muffin. Those muffins were hard to beat, no one makes them like that anymore, they were real good.
Can you tell us about Proof & Stock and the community you've created?
A: I just want to focus on the things that bring me joy and to showcase that to our children on a daily basis. It's such a unique experience and something that we’re really proud of. Because we do it from home, the reality of what we do is really obvious, honest, true, and relatable; which I think draws a lot of love from the community to us.
Our flagship store is right on our property, it’s thirty steps to the right from our front door. Our roastery is probably a good fifty just straight up the road to the left, so it’s all in a very tight, convenient space.
T: Our barista school that we’re about to start this year kind of stems off the back of training at the local polytech. To be able to see the spark in young people’s eyes and that they’re learning from you through your passion... that’s kind of a real, I guess, wholesome experience. It enables the young Māori to be bringing that manaakitia and that hospitality, generosity and caring for others because on the marae that’s all it is.
To sum up Proof & Stock in a whakataukī it rings true to this. “Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi, engari he toa takitini” which translates to...
A: "My success is not mine alone, it is the success of the collective.
Thank you, Tāne & Adrianna.