Adiós, Good One

As the cliches goes, all good things must come to an end. Unfortunately, Good One is one of those things.

 

Residing on a perilously narrow suburban street in Ponsonby, the warehouse, and its symbolic white and yellow colour palette, have become a destination. To discern its wild cult popularity, all one ever really needed do was try find a cark park along Douglas Street on a weekend (spoiler: incredibly hard).

 

Good One CSL (that's an acronym for Coffee Supreme Limited - something I, being a genius, only learned after travelling all the way to their HQ in Wellington) opened its doors nigh on a decade ago, back when most of our readership were hitting puberty. The joint has been so successful in establishing the beans in Auckland that we wouldn't doubt it was the foundation of the first brew you ever sipped, having had you hooked since.

 

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Supreme Seafarers Manager Kowhai (right) stirs the Good One ship tightly on its final day of trade.

 

When the lease rolled around, for reasons yet unconfirmed, Good One did not re-sign. Its last day of trade was Sunday 12th July, 2015 (R.I.P).

 

Like any good friend does for another skipping town for a while, the folk at Supreme decided to throw Good One party of sorts, to ease the grieving process for the hole soon to be left in our lives.

 

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 Photographers Karen Ishiguro & James K Lowe serving the best damn pancakes.

 

There are whispers of a new location. In typical Coffee Supreme style, we highly doubt that it'll be public knowledge until the place is receiving its finishing touches. We're anticipating a community hub, built on coffee, aesthetic appeal, and welcoming grins. This polish and charm is characteristic of the brand which celebrated its 21st birthday last year.

 

IMG_3093 Those who know, know.

It's been just over ten years with Good One: in the meantime, seven other Supreme flagship stores have flourished across Australasia. Instagram came along in 2010, a platform which has skyrocketed the household name and its penchant for good taste to internet fame, with over 10,000 followers on its main account, and thousands more across its subsidiaries.

 

It's through this channel that we're imagining we'll find out what happens next.

 

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GM Al Keating stands guard over the sausages.

GM Al Keating promises, "The best is yet to come."

 

Photography by the author.

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