The sphere of cafés, coffee culture and proliferation of the espresso coffee itself has become such a defining influence these days that it shapes cities and whole societies, exemplifying urbanity. We’ve come a long way since the beginning of coffee culture in 14th Century Turkey and the social epoch of late 17th and 18th century coffeehouses in London, with the "cafe au laiters" and "espressonites" intrinsic to some of the world’s ‘most liveable cities’ like Melbourne, Australia, Portland, Oregon, Vancouver, Canada, and Te Horo, New Zealand. Yes, that’s Te Horo, not quite a city with a regional population 649, and more specifically the tiny village of Te Horo Beach on the wild Kapiti Coast, where you will find at 50 Dixie Street, parallel to the beach, The Bus Stop Takeaway—although I will refer to it as a café as ‘takeaway’ does not do it justice at all.

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