Lonely Planet Writer

Meet the PieFee: coffee served in a chocolate chip cup and pastry saucer from an Auckland bakery

We’ve had egg coffee, floral art lattes, the avolatte, and even the carrot-cino, so we can now extend a warm welcome to the new kid on the coffee block – the PieFee. The creation of baker and barista Chamnan Ly of The Tasteful Bakehouse on Auckland’s Karangahape Road, the coffee in a chocolate chip cup and pastry saucer certainly sounds like it might be more palatable than some other creations.

The Piefee is a creation with coffee in a chocolate chip cup and pastry saucer. Image: The Tasteful Bakehouse
The Piefee is a creation with coffee in a chocolate chip cup and pastry saucer. Image: The Tasteful Bakehouse

“I always wanted to make something unique,” Chamnan tells Lonely Planet. “I have always used chocolate to protect the shell for our custard and fruit pies, and this idea came up in February. I made a couple to trial it out, but didn’t even put it on our menu board. One day, our first PieFee customer, Adam, came in with a few of his friends to try it out. Then, the following week, he came back again with more workmates. I realised it was going somewhere, so I put PieFee on the menu board and started to work on the cups.”

The Piefee is a creation with coffee in a chocolate chip cup and pastry saucer. Image: The Tasteful Bakehouse
The Piefee is a creation with coffee in a chocolate chip cup and pastry saucer. Image: The Tasteful Bakehouse

The Piefee has gone through several revisions to where it is today, partly because Chanman wanted his creation to be environmentally- friendly and also to incorporate customer feedback. It used to have a foil cup surrounding it, but now it has a chocolate chip cup saucer and pastry saucer, and there is also another version with a cinnamon cup and saucer. Chanman says that the pie crust doesn’t melt quickly as the chocolate layer protects it, but he is still working on a cup that will hold the drink even longer.

An early edition of the Piefee, a creation with coffee in a chocolate chip cup and pastry saucer. Image: The Tasteful Bakehouse
An early edition of the Piefee, a creation with coffee in a chocolate chip cup and pastry saucer. Image: The Tasteful Bakehouse

“Most of our customers have been very excited, and we’ve had a few tourists in too,” he says. “All of them took a few photos before they started to enjoy their Piefees, and the cinnamon cups have been very popular as well, The customers say they are delicious and they go very well with the coffee.”

The Piefee is a creation with coffee in a chocolate chip cup and pastry saucer. Image: The Tasteful Bakehouse
The Piefee is a creation with coffee in a chocolate chip cup and pastry saucer. Image: The Tasteful Bakehouse

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